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Week of Mon, Apr 12th, 2010

MinuteClinic provides allergy treatment services

MinuteClinic, the retail health clinic arm of CVS Caremark Corp., is offering treatment services for allergy sufferers.

Kinney to hold 'Medicine Collection Day'

Kinney Drugs next week plans to hold "Medicine Collection Day" at select stores to help customers safely dispose of old and unused medication.

CVS program plans free health checks in urban communities

CVS Caremark Corp. plans to hold hundreds of free health screening events in select urban markets through its new "To Your Health" program.

Walgreens recognized for employment of disabled

Walgreen Co. has been named "Private-Sector Employer of the Year" by CAREERS & the disABLED magazine for its commitment to recruiting, hiring and promoting people with disabilities.

Biggest drug chains move up in Fortune 500

The nation's three largest drug store chains — CVS Caremark Corp., Walgreen Co. and Rite Aid Corp. — moved up this year on the Fortune 500 list of the biggest U.S. companies.

NCPA calls on CMS to nix Mississippi Medicaid Rx cuts

The National Community Pharmacists Association has urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reject the state of Mississippi's plan to trim Medicaid pharmacy reimbursements by 15% for the rest of the fiscal year.

Rite Aid hosts tour providing free skin cancer screenings

Rite Aid Corp. again will host free full-body screenings for skin cancer as part of The Skin Cancer Foundation's "Road to Healthy Skin" tour.

Take Care clinics offer free blood pressure checks

Take Care Health Systems has begun offering free blood pressure screenings at all 359 Take Care clinics nationwide through May 31.

Walgreens enlisted by UnitedHealth for diabetes alliance

Walgreen Co. has been selected by UnitedHealth Group as a founding partner of the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance (DPCA), a program aimed at treating and managing diabetes.

Ontario pharmacists fire back amid funding cutbacks

Canadian pharmacy groups have responded to a letter by Ontario's health minister that they said disparages the reputation of pharmacists in the province, where the government plans to halve its reimbursement for generic drugs.

CVS Caremark study: Mind games affect medication adherence

A study commissioned by CVS Caremark Corp. finds that, for many people, medication adherence is a psychological game.

Congress urged not to make pseudoephedrine medicine Rx-only

As lawmakers amplified their call to crack down on methamphetamine production and abuse, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores highlighted pharmacy's proactive efforts to tackle the problem and urged against requiring patients to get prescriptions for medicines with pseudoephedrine.

Rexall freezes hiring in response to reform plan

Pointing to the Ontario government's drug reform plan, which aims to slash pharmacy reimbursement, Katz Group's flagship Rexall drug store chain has enacted a hiring freeze for its corporate head office.

Health care exec to join Walgreens board

Ginger Graham, president and chief executive officer of Two Trees Consulting and former CEO of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, has been elected to the board of directors at Walgreen Co.

SDM cuts store hours, citing Rx reimbursement cuts

Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. (SDM) is set to reduce store hours in response to planned pharmacy reimbursement cuts by the Ontario government.

Meijer offers free generic diabetes medication

Adding to its healthy living programs, Meijer Inc. is offering prescription holders free generic medication for diabetes.

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