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Week of Mon, May 23rd, 2011

CVS' PBM lands major federal Rx contract

CVS Caremark Corp. has been awarded a three-year contract to provide integrated pharmacy benefit management services for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Governmentwide Service Benefit Plan, also known as the Federal Employee Program (FEP).

NACDS Foundation announces Rx residency grant recipients

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has announced the first three beneficiaries of the Community Pharmacy Residency Expansion Project.

CVS Caremark helps devise ways to spur adherence

Researchers from CVS Caremark Corp., Harvard University, and Brigham and Women's Hospital have served up recommendations for how to promote medication adherence and improve the delivery of pharmacy care.

Drug chains pick up Rx files from A&P's Superfresh

Walgreen Co. and CVS/pharmacy are acquiring prescription customer lists from several Superfresh stores being auctioned off by A&P.

Congressman honored by HDMA for Rx leadership

The Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA) has recognized Rep. Gene Green (D., Texas) with its Rx Safety and Healthcare Leadership Award.

Walgreens promotes two in beauty, personal care

Walgreen Co. has made some personnel changes in its beauty care and personal care organization.

Walgreens, Johns Hopkins partner on disease management

Walgreen Co. and Johns Hopkins Medicine have entered an agreement to spur collaboration on population-based research and jointly review and develop protocols to improve the health outcomes of patients with chronic diseases.

NACDS gives Senate input on prescription drug misuse

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has submitted a statement to a Senate subcommittee to explain how pharmacy chains can help clamp down on prescription drug abuse and diversion.

CVS exec: Better communications, better Rx adherence

A personalized consumer communications program aimed at encouraging patients to take their medications as doctors direct is yielding some promising results, according to CVS Caremark Corp.

NCPA backs Medicare diabetes supplies bill

The National Community Pharmacists Association has endorsed legislation that would exempt diabetes testing supplies provided by small community pharmacies from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) competitive bidding program and pricing for Medicare Part B durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS).

Shoppers Drug Mart CEO search winds down

Shareholders at the Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM) annual meeting earlier this month got to see that the Canadian drug chain is in good hands, as David Williams performed capably as interim president and chief executive officer.

Former A&P exec to head construction at Rite Aid

David Kelly is slated to join Rite Aid Corp. at the end of this month as group vice president of construction.

Pharmacists get more latitude to immunize in Louisiana

The Louisiana State Senate has approved legislation that would expand the authority given to pharmacists to administer vaccinations.

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