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Obama gives ground on health insurance rules

Answering criticism from opponents of the Affordable Care Act and members of his own party, President Obama announced this month that health insurance plans that were canceled because of the ACA can be renewed for another year.

Problems with exchange keep ACA enrollment figures down

With the federal government’s new health care exchange beset by technical problems, the number of health plan enrollees through the first month of operation was far below expectations.

Rite Aid's new vision of beauty

Rite Aid Corp. is testing a new beauty concept in some of its “wellness store” locations in several markets.

Health Mart ramps up marketing

McKesson Corp. has launched a new Local Marketing Support program for its Health Mart franchised stores.

Walgreens exec joins Alliance Boots

Walgreen Co. veteran Richard Ashworth has been appointed director of health care, health and beauty for the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland at Alliance Boots GmbH.

Mental health coverage now mandated

Health insurers will have to cover mental illness to the same degree as physical ailments as the Obama administration carries out the largest expansion of behavioral health care in a generation.

Shrank to head research at CVS Caremark

CVS Caremark Corp. has named Dr. William Shrank chief scientific officer and chief medical officer for provider innovation and analytics.

Target extends beauty concierge plan

Target Corp. has added beauty concierges in 95 stores in New York and New Jersey, the San Francisco Bay area and Dallas-Fort Worth.

CDMA sets stage for trade show

Front-end suppliers, buyers from regional drug chains and representatives of regional drug wholesalers and grocery stores will be among those attending the Chain Drug Marketing Association’s 88th annual trade expo.

Rx compounding, supply chain bill advances in Senate

The Senate has moved toward passage of a bill to provide federal regulation of compounding pharmacies.

Study examines adherence among HIV patients

Research from Walgreen Co. finds that HIV patients are more likely to be medication-adherent when they use one of the company’s HIV-specialized pharmacies.

Lubin, longtime Walgreens exec, will retire

Steve Lubin is stepping down as Walgreens’ divisional vice president and general manager of marketing for non-mainland operations. He has been with the chain for 43 years.

NACDS to provide ideal forum for regional chains

As the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Regional Chain Conference draws nearer, association executives say the event offers the industry’s small and mid-size players a vital forum to exchange ideas and find solutions to their common problems.