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APhA student pharmacists promote safe medication practices

The American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) has entered a new collaboration with the Pharmacy Services Support Center (PSSC) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Pharmacy Affairs and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Special Health Issues to improve safe medication practices in underserved communities.

FDA calls for acetaminophen limits in Rx products

The Food and Drug Administration is asking manufacturers of prescription combination products with acetaminophen to limit the amount of the pain reliever to reduce the risk of liver toxicity.

Walgreens encouraged by response to 'fresh' pilots

Walgreen Co. is pleased with the customer response to its 30 fresh food pilot stores and continues to mull plans to expand the concept to other locations, according to a retail analyst.

Target plans to open first Canadian stores

Target Corp. is slated to enter the Canadian market with a deal to buy sites of discount store chain Zellers Inc. from Hudson's Bay Co.

Blood pressure tests offered free at Walgreens, Take Care

Walgreens pharmacies and Take Care Clinic locations nationwide are providing free blood pressure testing through the end of this weekend.

NCPA sways BB&T to forgo mandatory mail for Rx

The National Community Pharmacists Association hailed a recent decision by financial services firm BB&T Corp. to drop its plan to institute mandatory mail order for employees' maintenance prescriptions.

Alliance promotes sustainability training for pharmacists

University of the Sciences and Practice Greenhealth have partnered to develop and promote sustainability training for pharmacists, pharmacy students and related professionals.

Walgreens: Mail-order patients overlook retail option

Nearly half of patients using mail order for 90-day supplies of prescription medications aren't aware that their community pharmacy is an option, a Walgreen Co. national study found.

Some doctors still uncomfortable prescribing generics

Although most physicians are comfortable with generic drugs, a small segment still have negative perceptions about those medications, which affect their prescription choices, according to a study by Harvard, Brigham and Women's Hospital and CVS Caremark Corp.

Employers can save by gauging Rx co-pays, wellness efforts

Employers can increase savings by lowering workers' out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs and by measuring the effectiveness of wellness programs, according to two new studies.

Navarro sets new store opening as part of growth plan

Expanding its reach, Navarro Discount Pharmacy plans to open its 29th store this summer.

Pharmacy Outlook 2011: Health care system in flux

As health care reform gets deeper into the implementation phase, pharmacy advocates have mixed feelings about how the new dynamics will impact community pharmacies and the companies that supply them.

CVS: Rx adherence tough in complex therapies

A new study finds that patients with complex therapies are struggling to stay on their medication regimens, according to CVS Caremark Corp.

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