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Week of Mon, Dec 28th, 2009

H1N1 update: Major chains step up vaccine rollout

Major pharmacy retailers this week announced expanded availability of H1N1 vaccinations, including at in-store health clinics.

Walgreens names Customer-Centric Retailing exec

Walgreen Co. has appointed a new leader for its key Customer-Centric Retailing initiative and made other executive moves in online merchandising.

Poll: Many seniors struggle with taking prescriptions

Senior citizens are finding it challenging to manage their daily medications, with many taking a handful of prescriptions regularly and some facing a double-digit pill dosage each day, according to a new survey.

NABP review flags thousands of illicit Rx web sites

A review by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy finds more than 5,000 web sites selling prescription drugs as noncompliant with U.S. pharmacy laws and practice standards designed to safeguard public health.

Rite Aid serves up weight-loss guide, online tools

Rite Aid Corp. is teaming up with Harvard University, fitness expert Denise Austin and weight-control program provider Lindora Inc. to help its customers lose weight in 2010.

Drugstore.com to acquire SkinStore.com

Drugstore.com has agreed to buy Salu Inc., which owns and operates SkinStore.com, an online retailer of clinical skin care and beauty products.

CVS, MinuteClinic set for national H1N1 vaccine rollout

CVS Caremark Corp. is set to have H1N1 vaccine widely available in CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations from coast to coast as it receives supplies distributed by public health authorities.

NCPA urges extension of DMEPOS accreditation deadline

The National Community Pharmacists Association has sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) asking the agency to delay the accreditation deadline for Medicare Part B durable medical equipment, orthotics, prosthetics and supplies (DMEPOS) or to suspend enforcement.

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