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Jaeger resigns as NCPA chief executive

Kathleen Jaeger has resigned as executive vice president and chief executive officer of the National Community Pharmacists Association, after just months in the post. NCPA has named B. Douglas Hoey to replace her.

NACDS hires federal government affairs director

Julie Philp this month is slated to join the National Association of Chain Drug Stores as director of federal government affairs.

Rite Aid hits road for 'Healthy Skin Tour'

Starting this month, Rite Aid Corp. will host The Skin Cancer Foundation's annual Road to Healthy Skin Tour.

Supreme Court urged to nix laws limiting Rx data use

Patient groups, two former Department of Health and Human Services secretaries, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and more than 50 organizations and individuals have filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court urging the rejection of state laws that limit the commercial use of physician prescription data.

NCPA: Report flags Medicaid overspending on Rx

The National Community Pharmacists Association hailed a new report showing the savings that increased generic drug use can yield for Medicaid.

Rite Aid sees same-store sales tail off in March

After three consecutive months of increases, Rite Aid Corp. posted virtually flat same-store sales for March.

Walmart appoints head of health care solutions

Former Wellpoint Inc. executive Dijuana Lewis has been named senior vice president of health care solutions at Walmart U.S.

CVS, Walgreens rank high in retail brand value

CVS/pharmacy and Walgreens finished in the top 10 in Interbrand Design Forum's annual ranking of the top 50 most valuable U.S. retail brands.

Ex-Medicine Shoppe chief joins consultancy

Terry Burnside, the former president and general manager of Medicine Shoppe International, is joining life sciences consulting firm D2 Pharma Consulting.

Navarro proceeds with expansion, earns community honors

Navarro Discount Pharmacy is adding two more location in South Florida as part of a multiyear growth plan that could dramatically raise the drug chain's store count.

APhA, Cardinal partner to fight Rx abuse

The Cardinal Health Foundation and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) have unveiled a partnership to urge pharmacists and pharmacy students to take an active role in preventing the abuse and misuse of prescription drugs.

Rite Aid: More patients can now get shingles vaccines

Rite Aid Corp. said its immunizing pharmacists at more than 2,100 stores can now vaccinate patients over the age of 50 against shingles.

CVS names Foulkes chief health strategy officer

CVS Caremark has appointed Helena Foulkes as executive vice president and chief health care strategy and marketing officer, a newly created position.

Fred's adopts patient messaging system to spur adherence

Fred's Inc. plans to deploy a direct messaging system from LDM Group to provide health and wellness information to improve patient health outcomes.

Rite Aid takes aim at allergies

With allergy season getting under way, Rite Aid Corp. is serving up free "Allergy Relief" guides in stores and alerting allergy sufferers to consult with its pharmacists for advice.

Analysis: Walmart Express challenges drug stores

Chain drug stores have generally not had to cope with the specter of a Walmart pharmacy nearby — until now.

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