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Week of Mon, Apr 19th, 2010

Senate drug abuse bill endorsed by NACDS

In a letter to Senate leaders, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores voiced its support of legislation that would take a community-level approach to stopping drug abuse, including abuse of prescription and nonprescription medication and methamphetamine.

Rite Aid to test live online Rx consultations

Rite Aid Corp. plans to pilot an online service from American Well Inc. that would enable patients to have live, interactive consultations with the drug store chain's pharmacists.

'Protect Your Pharmacy Week' targets crime vs. drug stores

The National Community Pharmacists Association, Purdue Pharma and the FBI's Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (LEEDA) are recognizing the week of April 19 to 23 as "Protect Your Pharmacy Week."

NACDS Annual Meeting kicks off this weekend

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores 2010 Annual Meeting gets under way on Saturday at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla.

APhA: Pharmacists have big influence on OTC purchases

According to an American Pharmacists Association (APhA) study, 82% of consumers buy over-the-counter products recommended by their pharmacist.

Walgreens, AARP Wellness Tour rolls on

Walgreen Co. and AARP have launched the second leg of their two-year national mobile health screening tour, which aims to provide more than $60 million of free health screenings by April 2011.

CVS: Specialty pharmacy team can spur Rx adherence

A CVS Caremark Corp. survey of specialty pharmacy patients found that nearly 70% believe their pharmacy team played a key role in encouraging them to take their medications as prescribed.

Shoppers Drug Mart to pilot sale of Rogers wireless devices

Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. this summer plans to test the sale of cell phones and wireless handheld devices from Rogers Communications Inc. in select stores.

Berwick named by Obama to head CMS

President Barack Obama has nominated Harvard professor Dr. Donald Berwick, a health care policy expert, as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Community pharmacies launch 'Dispose My Meds' program

Nearly 800 community pharmacies in 40 states are making it easier for customers to safely dispose of unused medications at their local drug store through an initiative called "Dispose My Meds."

Rite Aid focuses new loyalty card on Rx, wellness

Rite Aid Corp. has launched its new shopper loyalty program, dubbed Rite Aid wellness+ customer rewards, nationwide.

Campaign protests Ontario Rx funding cuts

The Ontario Pharmacists' Association, Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores and Independent Pharmacists of Ontario have kicked off a public education campaign to address the Ontario government's cuts in health care funding, including pharmacy reimbursement.

Kroger appoints CEO for The Little Clinic

Kroger Co. health benefits executive Michael Stoll has been named chief executive officer of The Little Clinic, the food and drug retail giant's in-store health clinic subsidiary.

NACDS goes live with new Marketplace web site

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has launched a new web site for the 2010 NACDS Marketplace Conference that serves up enhanced tools for attendees and exhibitors.

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