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Week of Mon, Jul 26th, 2010

Senate urged to prevent prescription reimportation

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has called on Senate leaders to prevent language allowing the personal importation of prescription drugs from becoming part of food safety legislation.

BioScrip's pharmacy sales climb in 2Q

BioScrip Inc. recorded increases in pharmacy sales and overall revenue, along with improved operating results, for its 2010 second quarter.

MinuteClinic forms clinical affiliation in Florida

MinuteClinic and southeastern health system St. Vincent's HealthCare have entered into a clinical affiliation to enhance the health care services they provide in the Jacksonville, Fla., metropolitan area.

Giant Eagle offers free Rx in diabetes program

Giant Eagle Inc. has begun offering five common prescription drugs for type 2 diabetes free to customers in its northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania market areas.

Navarro pharmacist to head Florida Pharmacy Association

Dr. Humberto Martinez, a veteran pharmacist at Navarro Discount Pharmacy, has been named president of the Florida Pharmacy Association (FPA).

Conference to focus on counterfeit drugs

The Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) plans to convene leaders from academia, government and industry in an inaugural conference on counterfeit drugs to be held Oct. 8 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Rite Aid's same-store sales decrease in July

Same-store sales at Rite Aid fell during July, with results down in both the pharmacy and the front end.

NACDS: Key bills target prescription abuse, diversion

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has commended the House Energy and Commerce Committee for advancing legislation to help address prescription medication abuse and diversion.

Kerr Drug granted 'Approved e-Advertiser' status from NABP

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) has named Kerr Drug, Pharmahelper.com and QC Supply as the first online pharmacy services to be approved through its new e-Advertiser Approval Program now required by online search providers Google, Microsoft and Yahoo.

Sales, earnings slip at CVS Caremark

Lost business in the pharmacy benefit management unit led to a decline in revenue for the fiscal 2010 second quarter at CVS Caremark Corp., which also missed Wall Street's earnings forecast.

Wegmans brings fresh food to the pharmacy

To promote health and wellness, Wegmans Food Markets has created "eat well, live well stations" that display a selection of fresh, nutritious foods near the pharmacy.

Take Care clinics begin physicals for school, sports

With the new school year approaching, Take Care Health Systems has started offering back-to-school and sports physicals at its health clinics nationwide.

CVS Caremark signs long-term PBM pact with Aetna

CVS Caremark Corp. has entered into a 12-year contract to provide pharmacy benefit management services to customers and members of insurer Aetna.

Drugstore.com launches online vitamin store

Drugstore.com has expanded its roster of microsites with VitaminEmporium.com, a new online store that the company said aims to offer "the best selection of vitamins and supplements to health-conscious Americans."

Rite Aid to start accepting flu shot appointments

Next week, more than 3,000 Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide will begin accepting advance reservations from customers for seasonal flu shots.

Navarro back-to-school promotion gives back

Navarro Discount Pharmacies has launched a back-to-school shopping promotion that includes local partners and donates 5% of the sales it generates to Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

GPhA: Generics saved U.S. nearly $140 billion last year

Dispensing generic versions of brand-name prescription drugs saved the U.S. health care system $139.6 billion in 2009 and more than $824 billion over the past decade, according to an IMS Health study commissioned by Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA).

Sam's Club offers pharmacy satisfaction guarantee, Rx alerts

Sam's Club has launched a pharmacy satisfaction program and prescription pickup alerts and plans another round of health screenings this fall.

Rite Aid to kick off oral health campaign

Rite Aid Corp. is teaming up with the American Dental Association (ADA) to promote oral health in a national public health campaign.

CVS, MinuteClinic gear up for flu season

CVS Caremark Corp. has launched an informational campaign in its CVS/pharmacy stores and MinuteClinic retail health clinics, as well as online, to give consumers a heads-up about protecting themselves and their families during the upcoming flu season.

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