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Week of Mon, Aug 23rd, 2010

Shoppers Drug Mart continues energy-savvy store program

Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. this weekend plans to open its latest energy-efficient store in Woodbridge, Ontario, as it continues its rollout of the format.

NCPA: CMS urged to ensure local access to diabetes supplies

Four congressmen are urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to keep prices for its national Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) for Medicare Part B mail-order diabetes testing supplies separate from similar supplies offered by retail pharmacies.

Navarro offers 'flu guarantee' with vaccine program

Navarro Discount Pharmacy has begun providing flu shots and is giving customers a hand with the cost of staying healthy during flu season.

Fred's CEO: Pharmacy feeling 'headwinds'

In reporting second-quarter results, the chief executive officer of Fred's Inc. cited pressure on the pharmacy business that's likely to continue over the next year and a half.

Giant Eagle pilots pharmacy automation system

Giant Eagle Inc. is testing a pharmacy workflow automation system from RxSafe.

Target bills itself as 'prevention HQ' for flu season

Discounter Target Corp. said it aims to promote its customers' health and wellness during the upcoming cold and flu season by serving as their "prevention and treatment headquarters."

Drug chains ally in generics buying group

A group of pharmacy retailers in the Chain Drug Consortium have formed a generic drug purchasing entity called the Chain Pharmacy Alliance.

Walgreens becomes official pharmacy of NFL's Giants

Walgreen Co. has announced a strategic alliance with the National Football League's New York Giants as the team's official retail pharmacy.

Flu shots upcoming at Publix, United Supermarkets

Food and drug retailers Publix Super Markets Inc. and United Supermarkets this week said they're set to launch their respective flu vaccination programs in the coming days.

PTCB highlights pharmacy technicians' role in vaccine efforts

As drug store chains step up their flu shot campaigns this year, pharmacy technicians will be counted on to provide much-needed support, according to the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

Study: Take Care Clinics excel in engaging patients

A Gallup study has found that Take Care Clinics rank among the top 10% of all organizations globally in engaging their customers, according to Take Care Health Systems.

Bartell Drugs set to open doors of 59th store

Next month, regional chain Bartell Drugs plans to open its 59th store in Bellevue, Wash.

Consumers: Doctors overly swayed by drug makers

Most Americans think doctors are overly influenced by pharmaceutical companies in their prescribing decisions, and many patients believe over-the-counter options are often overlooked, according to a new prescription drug poll by Consumer Reports.

NACDS names political affairs director

J. Anne Foley is joining the the National Association of Chain Drug Stores as the new director of political affairs.

CVS, MinuteClinic begin offering flu shots

CVS Caremark Corp. has kicked off its annual flu shot program, with immunizations now available nationwide at all CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations.

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