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MinuteClinic earns reaccreditation from The Joint Commission

CVS Caremark Corp. said its MinuteClinic subsidiary has become the first retail clinic to be reaccredited and earn The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for consecutive evaluation periods by demonstrating compliance with the commission's national standards for health care quality and safety.

Supervalu names new merchandising chief

Steve Jungmann has been hired as executive vice president of merchandising at food and drug retailer Supervalu Inc.

NACDS welcomes designation of flu vaccination week

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has praised the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for designating January 10 to 16 as National Influenza Vaccination Week.

CVS Caremark to migrate e-prescribing to Allscripts

CVS Caremark Corp. plans to move to a new electronic prescribing platform under an agreement with health information technology provider Allscripts.

Walgreens launches Rx history downloads via HealthVault

Walgreen Co. is now enabling pharmacy customers to download their prescription histories to a personal Microsoft HealthVault record.

Duane Reade expands H1N1 clinics, offers worksite vaccines

Duane Reade has broadened availability of H1N1 flu shots to 19 locations throughout New York City's boroughs.

Rickard named to Dollar General board

Former CVS Caremark Corp. executive David Rickard has been appointed to the board of directors at deep discount retailer Dollar General Corp.

Bartell to stop filling Medicaid prescriptions at some stores

Bartell Drugs plans to discontinue filling Medicaid prescriptions at 15 of its 57 stores, citing recent reductions in compensation from Washington state.

Giancamilli gets Lifetime Achievement honors

To hear Andy Giancamilli tell it, one of the surest avenues to success in business, as in life, is to be in the right place at the right time. Throughout the course of his 34-year career in community pharmacy and mass market retailing, the chief executive officer of Katz Group North America and current chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores has often found himself in such circumstances and consistently capitalized on them.

2010 Retail Forecast: Chain drug execs look ahead

As the second decade of the 21st century gets under way, chain drug retailers across North America are being forced to grapple with a variety of issues critical to their future.

Shoppers Drug Mart issues alert on mini-tender offer

Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. this week urged its stockholders to reject a mini-tender offer for just under 1% of the company's outstanding common shares.

Ahold USA mourns passing of former CEO Grize

William Grize, former president and chief executive officer of The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. and Ahold USA, died Tuesday night after a brief illness, according to the company. He was 63.

Walgreens taps management specialist for accounting services

Walgreen Co. has entered a long-term accounting services agreement with Genpact, a specialist in business process management.

Navarro names former Bigg's executive as CEO

Navarro Discount Pharmacies has appointed Steve Kaczynski as its chief executive officer.

Walgreens’ Crawford named Rx Exec of the Year

In recognition of his leadership in a rapidly changing industry, the editors of Chain Drug Review have named Walgreen Co. senior vice president of pharmacy Kermit Crawford the Chain Drug Pharmacy Executive of the Year.

Same-store sales dip in December at Walgreens

Pointing to a modest flu season and less seasonal business, Walgreen Co. posted a 0.3% decline in same-store sales for December.

More CVS stores in California now offering H1N1 vaccine

CVS Caremark Corp. has expanded the availability of H1N1 flu vaccine to more than 220 stores throughout the California.

Duane Reade’s Magnacca gets top merchant honors

In just over a year as chief merchandising officer of Duane Reade Inc., Joe Ma­gnacca has put his stamp on the chain in a way equaled by few other retailers.

Rite Aid customers can play 'Game of Life'

In what it calls a first, Rite Aid Corp. has launched a shopper rewards initiative dubbed "Rite Aid The Game of Life" in which customers have the chance to win $5 million in prizes.

All Walgreens, Take Care locations offering H1N1 vaccinations

Walgreen Co. said the H1N1 vaccine is now available daily at its more than 7,100 Walgreens pharmacies and 350 Take Care clinics nationwide.

December sales falter at Rite Aid

Rite Aid Corp. saw same-store sales decrease in December as overall revenue came up short of year-ago results.

Holiday sales report: Drug chains pleasantly surprised

Recession, unemployment, family, weather, an extra shopping day, convenience, price points under $10 and inventory management all impacted the 2009 holiday selling season. These factors combined to provide America’s chain drug retailers with a Christmas selling season most have gladly accepted — and a handful truly enjoyed.

Walgreens’ Wasson named CDR Retailer of the Year

The editors of Chain Drug Review have named Greg Wasson, president and chief executive officer of Walgreen Co., the publication’s 2009 Chain Drug Retailer of the Year.

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