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Week of Mon, Feb 14th, 2011

Kmart cuts the price of flu shots

Kmart Corp. this weekend plans to begin offering seasonal flu shots at reduced prices.

Chain drug retailers named 'champions' of customer service

A handful chain drug retailers were among 40 brands identified as 2011 Customer Service Champions by J.D. Power & Associates.

NACDS, NCPA: Pharmacy is 'backbone' of Medicaid Rx

As states juggle financial and health care challenges in their Medicaid programs, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and National Community Pharmacists Association are making sure officials don't overlook community pharmacy as a part of the solution.

CVS Caremark wins kudos for Pharmacy Advisor

CVS Caremark Corp. and one of its pharmacy services clients has received the 2011 Rx Benefit Innovation Award from the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute (PBMI).

Retail sales up, customer satisfaction down

Customer satisfaction with mass market retail chains, including drug stores, is down despite a continued improvement in retail sales.

Kroger mourns loss of grocery/pharmacy exec

Donald Becker, executive vice president at The Kroger Co., passed away Wednesday in Cincinnati. He was 62.

Analysis: Health care in Obama's 2012 budget plan

Health care represents one of the biggest components of President Barack Obama's 2012 budget, yet within that realm there stands to be some winners and some losers.

CVS ExtraCare teams up with Weight Watchers

To encourage and reward people for adopting a healthier lifestyle, CVS/pharmacy and Weight Watchers International are offering mutually beneficial rewards for CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare loyalty card holders and Weight Watchers members.

Drugstore.com eyes 'one-step' order fulfillment

Drugstore.com plans to deploy a robotic solution to automate order fulfillment for health, beauty and general merchandise items, enabling same-day shipments and increased operational efficiency.

APhA Foundation seeks executive director

The American Pharmacists Association Foundation has begun a search for its next executive director.

Shingles vaccine availability expanded at Walgreens

Walgreen Co. is the latest chain drug retailer to assure customers that the shingles vaccine is available at its pharmacies.

Shoppers Drug Mart app enables virtual lipstick sampling

Shoppers Drug Mart customers can use their iPhones to view their new favorite lipstick shades on their own image using a mobile application developed by FaceCake Marketing Technologies Inc.

NCPA backs legislation on using FSAs to buy OTCs

The National Community Pharmacists Association has voiced its support for The Patients' Freedom to Choose Act, which aims to repeal a provision in health care reform law that would require prescriptions to purchase over-the counter medicines via flexible saving accounts (FSAs) and health saving accounts (HSAs).

Walgreens sets Rx purchasing leadership team

Walgreen Co. has rounded out its pharmacy purchasing and pharmacy supply chain leadership team with several promotions and a pair of new hires.

NACDS primed for RxImpact Day on Capitol Hill

The centrality of pharmacists and pharmacies to the health and wellness of Americans — regardless of what happens with health care reform — will be highlighted next month at the third annual NACDS RxImpact Day on Capitol Hill.

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