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Week of Mon, Aug 16th, 2010

Drug stores aim to be top-of-mind with flu shots

Drug stores raised their public visibility as health care providers big-time in 2009 with aggressive flu shot programs. This year, they're angling to go a step further.

Rite Aid wraps up debt refinancing

Rite Aid Corp. has successfully completed a debt offering and a refinancing of its revolving credit facility that were announced last week.

Flu vaccinations get under way at Safeway

Safeway Inc. has begun offering flu shots on a walk-in basis at its in-store pharmacies and through scheduled flu vaccine clinics at most of its other stores.

Shoppers Drug Mart gives extra points for back-to-school

Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. is offering extra bonus points on back-to-school purchases for loyalty card members.

Rite Aid kicks off flu shot program

Rite Aid Corp. has launched its flu shot program, making seasonal flu vaccinations available at more than 3,000 of its pharmacy locations nationwide.

Good Neighbor Pharmacy appoints Cantrell president

Mike Cantrell has been promoted to the new position of president at AmerisourceBergen Corp.'s Good Neighbor Pharmacy network.

Quality Food Brands supplies groceries to Rite Aid

Quality Food Brands Inc., a subsidiary of Synergy Brands Inc., has received what it called a "substantial order" for several of its grocery products from Rite Aid Corp.

CVS finds asking beforehand spurs auto refill

CVS Caremark Corp. may be onto something based on early findings from its ongoing behavioral research on consumer health care choices.

Kerr Drug enlists Web-based clinical app for MTM

Kerr Drug plans to deploy Mirixa Corp.'s MirixaEdge Web-based clinical platform to support the delivery of pharmacist-based patient care services, including medication therapy management (MTM).

NCPA gives take on Rx in grandfathered health plans

The National Community Pharmacists Association has submitted comments to a trio of federal agencies to emphasize patient choice and greater use of generic drugs as they devise criteria for maintaining Grandfathered Health Plan (GHP) status under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Walgreens ramps up flu shot program

Walgreen Co. is kicking off its influenza vaccination campaign, which it calls the most comprehensive flu shot program in the country.

CVS' Ryan, HHS and FDA chiefs to speak at health care forum

Tom Ryan, chairman and chief executive officer of CVS Caremark Corp., is slated to speak along with the heads of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration at a health care forum being held early next year by the University of Miami.

CVS opens first drug stores in Omaha

CVS Caremark Corp. has entered the Omaha, Neb., market with the opening of its first two stores in the city.

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