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Obama health care reform plan faces critical vote

The stakes are high for President Barack Obama this weekend as his plan for health care reform faces a crucial vote in the House of Representatives.

Pfizer CEO Kindler named PhRMA chairman

Jeffrey Kindler, chairman and chief executive officer of Pfizer Inc., has been elected chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

Rite Aid now accepts EBT, food stamps

Rite Aid Corp. has begun accepting electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards and food stamps provided through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at its stores nationwide.

Walgreens to buy assets of 17 stores from USA Drug

Walgreen Co. plans to acquire prescription files and other assets of 17 Ike's and Super D drug stores in the Memphis, Tenn., area from USA Drug.

NACDS makes big impact on RxImpact Day

National Association of Chain Drug Stores members and other pharmacy advocates have sent 1,500 letters to federal lawmakers over the past week and participated in over 220 in-person Congressional meetings during NACDS RxImpact Day on Capitol Hill.

NCPA backs drug manufacturer rebates for TRICARE

The National Community Pharmacists Association has expressed its support of the U.S. Department of Defense's efforts to collect the same manufacturer rebates for the TRICARE Retail Pharmacy Program that are applicable to prescriptions filled at TRICARE mail-order pharmacies and military treatment facilities.

Lawmakers talk up pharmacy in Congressional Record

A Democratic senator and a Republican congressman underscored the value of pharmacy's role in health care in official remarks in the Congressional Record, according to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

Walgreens to stop accepting Medicaid patients in Washington

Walgreen Co. next month plans to stop accepting new Medicaid patients in its Washington stores, citing continued cutbacks in pharmacy reimbursement by the state.

Kinney helps uninsured get cancer screenings

Kinney Drugs has partnered with local health programs to help uninsured customers obtain free cancer screenings and later this month plans to open its 91st store.

CVS, NCOA present award to Connecticut senior center

CVS/pharmacy and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) announced the recipients of the Prescription for Better Health Award at the Aging in America Conference here.

Publix offers diabetes drug free in new program

Publix Super Markets Inc. is providing free metformin to patients with type II diabetes as part of a new diabetes management program.

LegitScript alliance to help identify 'rogue' Rx web sites

Online pharmacy verifier LegitScript.com has partnered with SiteJabber.com to help consumers identify trustworthy prescription drug web sites and avoid fraudulent ones.

CEO: Acquisition to help Duane Reade 'fulfill vision'

Walgreen Co.’s ownership will accelerate Duane Reade’s drive to be an urban drug chain without equal, according to Duane Reade chairman and chief executive officer John Lederer.

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