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Week of Mon, Sep 13th, 2010

Walgreens teams up with Dr. Oz, helps California fight pertussis epidemic

Walgreen Co. is partnering with "The Dr. Oz Show" to educate the public about flu prevention and, in a separate effort, is making pertussis vaccinations regularly available at stores in California to help the state stem an epidemic of whooping cough.

CARE Pharmacies names Wysong as CEO

Michael Wysong has been appointed chief executive officer at CARE Pharmacies Inc.

Jean Coutu unveils 'green' store

The Jean Coutu Group has opened its first green store.

FDA panel: No Rx for DXM cough remedies

Pharmacies and makers of over-the-counter medicines got good news this week when a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted against requiring prescriptions for cough medicines containing dextromethorphan (DXM).

CVS: Maintenance Choice boosts client's Rx adherence

CVS Caremark Corp. said its Maintenance Choice program, which gives mail-order customers of its pharmacy benefit management unit the option to pick up prescriptions at CVS/pharmacy stores, has improved medication adherence for employees and their dependents at client US Airways.

NACDS speaks up on DME, HITECH

In comments submitted to lawmakers and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Association of Chain Drug Stores voiced concerns about the Medicare competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment (DME) and proposed rule changes to the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Enforcement Rules under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH).

Safeway offers seniors high-dose flu vaccine

Safeway Inc. announced that all of its U.S. pharmacies can now administer a new high-dose flu vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration for senior citizens.

Walgreens names division presidents

In a move designed to enhance its ability to execute, Walgreen Co. has altered the reporting structure within its top management team, reducing the number of executives who answer directly to president and chief executive officer Greg Wasson.

Big Y Foods teams with Rx college on wellness center

Big Y Foods Inc. and the Western New England College School of Pharmacy have partnered to open a patient-centered Consultation and Wellness Center run by faculty pharmacists.

Chain drug retailers step up flu shot campaigns

After last year’s vaccine shortages and the worries over an H1N1 pandemic, community pharmacies and other chain drug retailers are stepping up their efforts to provide flu vaccines this year.

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