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Week of Mon, Sep 20th, 2010

NACDS: Organized retail crime bill set for passage

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has commended the House of Representatives for the likely passage of the Organized Retail Theft Investigation and Prosecution Act of 2010, which aims to curb the rising problem of organized retail crime.

FMI to offer online pharmacy tech prep course

The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) plans to roll out an online pharmacy technician certification course as part of food, drug and mass retail career preparation programs being developed with e-learning provider LearnSomething.

Legislation on Rx abuse, diversion moves forward

Three bills to help remedy prescription medication abuse and drug diversion were pushed ahead this week in the House of Representatives, according to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

Rite Aid turns in bigger 2Q loss

Refinancing costs and declined sales fueled a larger year-over-year loss at Rite Aid Corp. for the fiscal 2011 second quarter.

Massachusetts leads in electronic prescribing

Massachusetts ranks first in the nation when it comes to the use of electronic prescribing, according to the Surescripts national electronic prescription network.

Supervalu bolsters flu prevention program

Supervalu Inc. said it has "bulked up" its national flu prevention program this year by making specially trained immunizing pharmacists available at nearly all of its supermarket pharmacy locations.

NCPA to HHS: Pharmacists can aid in preventive health care

Officials implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act should turn to community pharmacists to help meet the surge in patient demand for preventive care services expected to arise from health care reform, according to the National Community Pharmacists Association.

Survey: Third of diabetes patients veer from insulin regimen

More than one in three diabetes patients skip doses or fail to take their insulin as prescribed, a new global survey finds.

NACDS says lawmakers on right track with drug safety

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has expressed continued support for the direction of drug safety legislation steered by four leaders of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee.

Good Neighbor Pharmacy tops in satisfaction

Good Neighbor Pharmacy turned in the highest overall score in pharmacy customer satisfaction in the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 National Pharmacy Study.

Rite Aid enables mobile prescription text alerts

Rite Aid Corp. is now giving customers the option to get automatic mobile text alerts when their prescriptions are ready, as well as refill and pickup reminders.

Clinics offer uninsured vouchers for free flu shots at CVS

About 350 community clinics and health centers nationwide will participate in a program by CVS Caremark Corp. and nonprofit group Direct Relief USA to donate up to $5 million in flu shots to patients without health insurance.

Kmart Pharmacy kicks off flu clinics

Kmart Pharmacy has started offering flu shots on a walk-in basis through clinics at more than 900 stores.

Bi-Lo to launch Rx discount card, begins flu shots

Bi-Lo has launched its seasonal flu vaccine program and next month plans to introduce a new prescription discount card.

Diabetes AdvantEdge program expanded by Price Chopper

Price Chopper has extended its Diabetes AdvantEdge diabetes management program to include free syringes and pen needles to support insulin-dependent patients and those using other injectable medications.

Costco Pharmacy to host osteoporosis clinic

The Foundation for Education and Musculoskeletal Research (FEMR) has partnered with Costco Pharmacy to host a free osteoporosis clinic at one of the warehouse club retailer's Chicago-area stores.

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