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New era in drug store design arrives

2011 will be remembered as the year when the basic drug store format took several dramatic turns for the better, burying, perhaps forever, the vanilla-flavor format that has served chain drug retailing so adequately for so long.

PBM merger reshapes playing field for Rx

The pending $29.1 billion merger of Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions — a deal that, if it passes muster with government regulators, will combine two of the three largest pharmacy benefit management companies to create a dominant player in the sector — raises a host of challenges for community pharmacy operators and others involved in the prescription drug supply chain.