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CVS/pharmacy ‘taps deep bench strength’ of exec team

CVS Caremark Corp. has promoted a retail pharmacy executive and expanded the responsibilities of two others.

Walgreens offers its vision for the front end

As Walgreen Co. continues to revamp its merchandising department the company’s executives say the front end will take on a new look in the coming years.

Merchandising team honed by Walgreens

Walgreen Co. has realigned its merchandising division, giving three general merchandise managers added responsibilities.

Rx provides help with Part D enrollment

Chain drug pharmacies and pharmacists are helping Medicare beneficiaries navigate the changes in Medicare Part D.

Walgreens plays host to the first lady

First lady Michelle Obama toured a Walgreen Co. store on Chicago’s South Side to get an up-close look at the drug chain’s efforts to provide better food options and accessible health care to underserved communities and to fight the childhood obesity epidemic.

PDP launched by Rite Aid, EnvisionRx Plus

Rite Aid Corp. is co-branding a value-focused Medicare Part D prescription drug plan (PDP) with EnvisionRx Plus.

CVS Caremark study eyes first-time fill rates

Of patients prescribed a new medication by their doctor, 24% did not fill the prescription, a study by CVS Caremark Corp., Harvard University, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers found.

IOM: Costs can’t be ignored in health reform

The federal government should consider cost in deciding which health benefits must be provided by insurance plans under President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine (IOM) says.

NACDS: Proposed Medicaid FULs would hurt patients

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has told federal regulators that it feels proposed changes to Medicaid reimbursement rates will adversely affect patients.

Walgreens, Express Scripts continue to jockey for position

Walgreen Co. will stay in Express Scripts Inc.’s pharmacy network for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City and has offered continued access for the pharmacy benefit manager under the Department of Defense Tricare program.

Less access to diabetes testing supplies a danger

The “super committee” seeking ways to cut the federal deficit should maintain Medicare recipients’ access to diabetes testing supplies at retail pharmacies, says National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and chief executive officer Steve Anderson.