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Exec hired to lead Walgreens fresh food initiative

Walgreen Co. confirmed that it has hired supermarket and convenience store veteran Jim Jensen to lead a new effort to market fresh food and ready-to-eat items.

Paper to state lawmakers highlights pharmacist MTM role

In welcome news for pharmacy chains, the National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL) has released a briefing paper that highlights the value of pharmacist-led medication therapy management (MTM) services, according to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

Walgreens to buy three El Amal stores, Rx files

Walgreen Co. plans to acquire three Farmacias El Amal stores in Puerto Rico as well as prescription files from 11 other El Amal pharmacies.

Walgreens collects over $1 million for Haiti quake relief

Walgreen Co. said its stores nationwide have collected more than $1million for the Haiti earthquake relief effort, only days after the retailer enabled customers to make donations.

First CVS stores in St. Louis open doors

CVS Caremark Corp. has opened its first drug stores in the St. Louis market and plans another there later this year.

Standley to become Rite Aid's chief executive; Sammons to remain chairman

Rite Aid Corp. this summer plans to promote president and chief operating officer John Standley to chief executive officer.

Pharmacy is entering 'revolutionary times,' NACDS official says

As throughout its history, community pharmacy again will need to adapt to a new environment as the nation embraces health care reform, among other changes, Edith Rosato, senior vice president of pharmacy affairs for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, said in a presentation to the Massachusetts Health Council.

CVS: ExtraCare delivers more savings in '09

CVS/pharmacy said its ExtraCare loyalty card program delivered more savings to customers in 2009 and expanded its user base.

NACDS chief to Rx students: Make an impact

Steve Anderson, president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, urged students to become pharmacy advocates to help advance the profession in an address at the Ohio Northern University Rudolph H. Raabe College of Pharmacy.

Walgreens awarded accreditation for specialty pharmacy

Walgreen Co. has been awarded accreditation as a specialty pharmacy provider from URAC.

CVS Caremark hires new diversity officer

David Casey has been named vice president and diversity officer at CVS Caremark Corp.

Shirtliff named to new post at Rite Aid

Rite Aid Corp. has appointed Bryan Shirtliff senior vice president of business development, a new position at the company.

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