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Week of Mon, Jan 24th, 2011

NACDS files brief in TRICARE Dept. of Labor case

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has filed a legal brief in a U.S. Department of Labor case on the the application of federal contracting requirements to health care providers in TRICARE military health benefit program.

Mac Naughton named Walmart U.S. merchandising chief

Walmart has promoted Duncan Mac Naughton to chief merchandising officer for its U.S. stores.

Surprise exit by Shoppers Drug Mart CEO

The Canadian pharmacy community was caught off-guard by the resignation of Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. president and chief executive officer Jürgen Schreiber.

Drugstore.com opens shop on Facebook

Drugstore.com and its sister site Beauty.com have launched a virtual store on social media portal Facebook.

Jewel-Osco president announces retirement

Keith Nielsen, president of food and drug retailer Jewel-Osco, plans to retire at the end of the company's fiscal year next month.

Walgreens to introduce wine brand for Heart Month

A new table wine brand dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease is being launched through Walgreens drug stores. 

Shoppers Drug Mart CEO plans to resign

Jürgen Schreiber, president and chief executive officer of Shoppers Drug Mart Corp., is slated to resign next month, and the company has begun a search for his replacement.

NCPDP launches pharmacy legislation portal

The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) has gone live with RxReconn, an online portal tracking pharmacy-related legislative and regulatory activity.

Rite Aid turns in another same-store sales gain

Same-store sales rose for the second straight month in January at Rite Aid Corp.

Florida Rx association challenges state mail-order plan

The Florida Pharmacy Association has filed a complaint claiming the state is unconstitutionally attempting to direct Medicaid recipients with chronic diseases to get their maintenance medications via a mail-order pharmacy program.

Mobile web site for NACDS goes live

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has launched NACDS Mobile, a new mobile web site intended to serve as a "guide on the go" for association events, activities and information.

NACDS notes pharmacy's role in State of the Union prelude

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores spotlighted pharmacy services as a bipartisan solution to rein in health care costs and improve health outcomes in a statement before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address to Congress.

PTCB: Surge in pharmacy techs seeking certification

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) reports that it's seeing record numbers of pharmacy technicians seeking certification through the organization.

Stater Bros. Super Rx offers vitamin recommendations

Stater Bros. has introduced a personal vitamin recommendation program that gives customers free guidance on dietary supplements.

Consumer confidence up: Will drug chains benefit?

A key economic benchmark indicates that consumers are feeling noticeably better about their prospects in the coming months, which could spell good news for drug store chains.

Walgreens rolls out exclusive BORBA skin care line

Walgreen Co. has launched the new Inside Out Beauty Solutions skin care collection by BORBA, which includes "cosmeceuticals," at select drug stores nationwide.

Study: Patients oppose Rx for OTCs with pseudoephedrine

Seven in 10 asthma, allergy, cold, cough and flu sufferers oppose laws that would require over-the-counter medicines containing pseudoephedrine to be available by prescription only, according to a survey by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).

NCPA signs up PIPCo membership

The members of the Partners in Pharmacy Cooperative (PIPCo) have joined the National Community Pharmacists Association.

Rite Aid launches Winter Rewards, promotes heart health

Rite Aid Corp. is enhancing customer rewards through the end of next month for its wellness+ loyalty card members and has begun a national education and prevention campaign against heart disease.

It's official: Merlo to become CVS Caremark CEO

Moving ahead with its succession plan, CVS Caremark Corp. has named Larry Merlo as chief executive officer and plans to elect a new nonexecutive chairman with the retirement of Tom Ryan this spring.

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