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Week of Mon, Jan 26th, 2015

Albertsons, Safeway wrap up merger deal

AB Acquisition LLC, the parent of Albertsons, has completed its acquisition of Safeway Inc., a $9 billion-plus deal unveiled last year.

Fruth Pharmacy enlists Rx tech partner for new central-fill site

Fruth Pharmacy has tabbed pharmacy automation provider Innovation as the systems integrator for a new central-fill site.

Senate introduces provider status bill

The U.S. Senate has launched companion legislation that would formally designate pharmacists as health care providers.

Retailers prompted to prepare for coupon format shift

The Joint Industry Coupon Committee (JICC) is alerting retailers to be ready for the retirement of UPC Prefix 5 barcodes from manufacturer coupons as manufacturers shift to exclusively to the GS1 DataBar format.

Weis Markets names pharmacy director

Rick Bhandari has joined Weis Markets as director of pharmacy operations.

January same-store sales climb at Rite Aid

Rite Aid Corp. started the 2015 calendar year on the upside as same-store sales rose in January.

NACDS, NCPA hail new provider status legislation

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association have endorse new legislation that would recognize pharmacists as health care providers and expand their scope of practice.

CVS affiliates with Louisiana, Kansas health networks

CVS Health has formed clinical affiliations with regional health systems LSU Healthcare Network in New Orleans and Shawnee Mission Health in Kansas.

Rite Aid to build new distribution center

Rite Aid Corp. plans to construct a new distribution center in Spartanburg, S.C., which will be the drug chain's first new facility in 15 years.

Albertsons, Safeway merger cleared by FTC

The Federal Trade Commission has approved the proposed merger of supermarket operators Safeway Inc. and AB Acquisition LLC, the parent company of Albertsons.

Lovell Drugs to test non-invasive diabetes screening kiosk

Canadian pharmacy chain Lovell Drugs Ltd. plans to pilot Scout DS diabetes screening kiosks from Miraculins Inc.

Walgreens Boots Alliance names new global CFO

George Fairweather has been appointed executive vice president and global chief financial officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.

Rite Aid promotes real estate executive

Ray Payne, vice president of real estate for the West Coast at Rite Aid Corp., has been promoted to group vice president of real estate.

Supreme Court looks at Medicaid reimbursement

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is keeping watch on a case before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the right of health care providers, including pharmacies, to file lawsuits challenging Medicaid reimbursement rates.

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