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Week of Mon, Mar 22nd, 2010

BioScrip closes acquisition of Critical Homecare Solutions

BioScrip Inc. has completed its agreement to acquire Critical Homecare Solutions (CHS), a provider of home infusion and home nursing products and services to patients suffering from chronic and acute medical conditions.

Kinney Drugs shifts personnel in merchandising

Kinney Drugs has made staff changes in its merchandising department that it said are part of long-term plans to ensure the necessary leadership is in place to support the retailer's continued growth.

MinuteClinic names new chief medical officer

MinuteClinic Inc., the in-store health clinic subsidiary of CVS Caremark Corp., has appointed Nancy Gagliano, M.D., as its new chief medical officer.

Dollar General to carry Rexall health care brand

Dollar General has begun selling Rexall health care products and said it will be the exclusive retailer of the brand.

NCPA CEO Roberts to leave for new position

Bruce Roberts, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the National Community Pharmacists Association, plans to step down from the post this summer to join prescription benefit facilitator BeneCard PBF.

Kansas to adopt pseudoephedrine medication tracking system

Kansas plans to become the fifth state to implement the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx), an electronic tracking system to prevent the illegal purchase of medications containing pseudoephedrine, according to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.

Walgreens sees uptick in 2Q sales, earnings

Walgreen Co. posted modest revenue and profit gains for its fiscal 2010 second quarter but saw its same-store sales dip and its earnings fall short of Wall Street's projections.

Health bill OK'd by House has key Rx provisions

In a late night vote, the House of Representatives gave final approval to a sweeping health care reform package in a landmark victory for President Barack Obama — and a win for drug store retailers.

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