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Week of Mon, Mar 1st, 2010

Coalition to FDA: Pharmacists can aid in drug safety

A group of 17 health care organizations, including pharmacy chains and associations, have asked the Food and Drug Administration to consider the impact local pharmacists can have on ensuring patients use medicine safely and effectively as the agency evaluates Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS).

Duane Reade grows fresh food format in new store

Duane Reade has opened a new drug store in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood that features a greatly expanded fresh food and grocery offering.

Walgreens buys assets from Cardinal's SpecialtyScripts

Walgreen Co. has acquired prescription files from SpecialtyScripts LLC, a unit of Cardinal Health Inc.

CVS Caremark makes flurry of promotions

CVS Caremark Corp. has made a round of promotions in its CVS/pharmacy business.

Rite Aid posts monthly same-store sales decline

Same-store sales fell again at Rite Aid Corp. in February, with the drug chain pointing to a weak cough, cold and flu season as well as bad weather and anemic consumer demand.

February same-store sales virtually flat at Walgreens

Walgreen Co. ended a downward trend in same-store sales with a small uptick in February.

Senate 'jobs bill' fits in pro-pharmacy provisions

Retail pharmacy groups welcomed a couple of key items for the industry in the so-called "jobs bill" unveiled this week by Senate leaders.

CVS Caremark tackles medication adherence

In tandem with academia, CVS Caremark Corp. aims to research in-depth why people follow or don't follow their prescribed medication regimen.

Kerr adds tool to gauge risk of obesity-related disease

Kerr Drug is offering an assessment tool that predicts an individual's risk of developing chronic, preventable obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

Rite Aid offers free gas prize for Rx transfers

Now through next month, people who transfer their prescriptions to Rite Aid will get a chance to win a year's worth of free gasoline. 

Walgreens realigns health care businesses

Upping the ante in health services, Walgreen Co. is reorganizing its health care businesses under a plan that the company said will enable it to offer integrated pharmacy, health and wellness solutions to a range of clients.

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