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Rite Aid reports 'ample' supply of shingles vaccination

Responding to reports that the shingles vaccine is in short supply and on back-order for health care providers nationwide, Rite Aid Corp. announced that nearly 1,900 of its pharmacies have the vaccine in stock.

Navarro rolls out electronic toll activation machines

Navarro Discount Pharmacy is helping customers prepare for the advent of all-electronic tolling in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Report: Walgreens preps ad blitz for store brand

Walgreen Co. reportedly plans to kick off a a national advertising campaign for store-brand health and wellness products this weekend.

Bills seek FSA use for OTC medicines without Rx

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is applauding new House and Senate bills that would let consumers use flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs) to buy over-the-counter drugs without a prescription.

Sales inch up, profit flat at Shoppers Drug Mart

Citing robust front-end business, Shoppers Drug Mart saw sales gain slightly in its fiscal 2010 fourth quarter, but earnings for the period came in flat.

Medicine disposal days upcoming at Kinney Drugs

Playing its part to advance drug safety, Kinney Drugs plans to hold medication disposal days later this month and in March.

Supervalu: Shingles vaccine is available

In the wake of reports about a zoster vaccine shortage, Supervalu Inc. has assured customers that shingles vaccinations remain available at its pharmacies.

Drugstore.com pares 4Q loss on robust sales

Drugstore.com more than halved its net loss from a year ago in its fiscal 2010 fourth quarter as sales jumped 23% on an adjusted basis.

Report: Consumers missing out on discount generic programs

Consumers are too often opting for brand-name prescription drugs when an effective, cheaper generic alternative is available, and many are overlooking retailers' discount generic drug programs, according to Consumer Reports.

Trade pact may hoist Rx costs in Canada

Canada could face higher prescription drug costs depending on the outcome of trade talks with the European Union, which may bring changes to the nation's drug patent system.

Merlo: NACDS is now 'winning consistently'

Hailing a string of public policy victories, National Association of Chain Drug Stores chairman Larry Merlo said NACDS has evolved from a group that "knows how to win" into one that "is winning consistently."

Navarro wholesale subsidiary makes acquisition

Magellan Distribution Solutions LLC, a wholesale and export subsidiary of Navarro Discount Pharmacy, has acquired the assets of Buxco Inc. of Miami.

NACDS Foundation patient care database doubles

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation said its patient care database has more than doubled in size since going live about a year ago.

Tennessee considers e-tracking of pseudoephedrine sales

Tennessee lawmakers have introduced legislation calling for the state to adopt an electronic tracking system to monitor purchases of over-the-counter medicines containing pseudoephedrine.

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