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Week of Mon, Apr 18th, 2011

Rite Aid cuts price of whooping cough shots in Calif.

More than 500 Rite Aid pharmacies in California are offering whooping cough vaccinations for a newly lowered price of $57.99.

Navarro opens Florida's first bank inside drug store

Navarro Discount Pharmacy has opened a Continental National Bank of Miami branch in one of its stores, which the retailer said is Florida's first bank inside a drug store.

Take Care allies with New Orleans health system

Take Care Health Systems has entered a clinical alliance with Ochsner Health System to improve patient access to affordable, convenient health care services in the greater New Orleans region.

NACDS adds to state government affairs team

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has named Joel Kurzman as a director of state government affairs.

NCPA Advocacy Center unites pharmacists, patients

The National Community Pharmacists Association has created the NCPA Advocacy Center, which aims to bring together all of the association's advocacy functions on behalf of community pharmacists and their patients.

Report: Prescription drug spending up only slightly

U.S. prescription drug spending was up again in 2010, but growth was less than half the rate of the previous year, according to a report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

Walmart Canada donates $1M to pharmacy college

The University of Toronto's Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy has received a $1 million donation from Walmart Canada to create the Walmart Canada International Pharmacy Education Centre.

Kroger, Albertson's join diabetes prevention alliance

Kroger Co. and Albertson's LLC have joined the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance, which will give their shoppers expanded access to community-based programs that can help them detect and better manage the disease.

Former Duane Reade exec joins Chain Drug Consortium

Lee Colarco has been named vice president of general merchandise and consumables at the Chain Drug Consortium.

Rite Aid names Montini exec VP of merchandising

Rite Aid Corp. has promoted Tony Montini executive vice president of merchandising.

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