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Walmart pharmacy exec adds duties under reorganization

Walmart pharmacy merchandising executive Paul Beahm will take on more responsibility under the discount store giant's sweeping reorganization plan unveiled late this week.

Health Mart preps TV blitz, signs 2,500th pharmacy

Health Mart plans to kick off national television advertising campaign this weekend to highlight its personalized care and services, just days after announcing that the franchise has signed up its 2,500th pharmacy.

Rite Aid sees same-store sales drop in January

Declines in pharmacy and front-end business resulted in decreased same-store sales in January at Rite Aid Corp.

Renowned business author to keynote NACDS annual meeting

Business author and consultant Jim Collins will serve as a keynote speaker at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores 2010 Annual Meeting.

NCPA urges care in DME accreditation enforcement

The National Community Pharmacists Association has applauded Senate leaders for calling on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to exercise care in enforcing the Medicare Part B durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) accreditation requirement for pharmacies.

Duane Reade adds new coffees to its DR Delish line

Duane Reade has rolled out four new premium packaged coffee blends under its DR Delish brand.

NCPA gives testimony on benefits, adoption of e-prescribing

The National Community Pharmacists Association provided written testimony on the experiences of independent pharmacies in accepting electronic prescribing from doctors at the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee Information Exchange Workgroup hearing.

Rite Aid guides focus on women's heart health

In support of the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" campaign, Rite Aid Corp. is providing free heart health guides in all of its stores.

BioScrip to buy Critical Homecare Solutions

BioScrip Inc. plans to acquire Critical Homecare Solutions (CHS), a provider of home infusion and chronic and acute care services, in a cash and stock deal valued at $343.2 million.

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