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McKesson extends international reach with Celesio buy

McKesson Corp. has agreed to acquire the German pharmaceutical distributor Celesio AG in a deal valued at about $8.3 billion (6.1 billion euros).

Bartell Drugs thrives by adjusting to community

As it approaches its 125th year in business, Bartell Drugs has proven to be a survivor.

Despite new issues, health reform proceeds

With the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act rapidly approaching, efforts to enroll millions of Americans in new health plans are taking center stage in Washington and beyond.

HHS promises to repair exchange

The federal health care insurance exchange will be fixed, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified late last month.

FDA to restrict pain medicine

The Food and Drug Administration has recommended that Vicodin and other pain medications containing hydrocodone be reclassified as Schedule II drugs.

Industry groups weigh in on Medicaid, biosimilars

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should take steps to ensure that states increase dispensing fees for Medicaid drugs in conjunction with the new federal upper limits (FULs) that are anticipated in 2014, contend the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).

Walgreens collaborates with ACO, Atlanta health system

Baroma Healthcare International LLC, an accountable care organization (ACO) in Miami-Dade County, Fla., is collaborating with Walgreen Co. to reduce hospital readmissions and drive medication adherence.

CVS: A force in beauty for 50 years

CVS/pharmacy is celebrating 50 years of beauty care by publishing a fall “Look Book” highlighting cosmetics, hair care and other product trends from the 1960s and today.

London Drugs hones passport technology

London Drugs has become the first retailer in North America to offer passport photo services including biometric imaging technology.

Partnerships leveraged by SDM

Shoppers Drug Mart has announced partnerships that it says will make it easier for its customers to shop for designer fashions or get a flu shot.