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Week of Mon, Jun 27th, 2011

Collis takes helm at AmerisourceBergen

Steven Collis has officially taken the reins as chief executive officer at AmerisourceBergen Corp.

Thrifty White keeps Rx services going despite flood

Thrifty White Drug went into action to keep pharmacy services going earlier this month when river flooding forced the regional chain to shut one of its stores.

Rite Aid maintains same-store sales momentum

So far, 2011 is proving to be a good year for Rite Aid Corp. on the same-store sales front, as the drug store chain saw another uptick in June.

Senate forms Community Pharmacy Caucus

The National Community Pharmacists Association has endorsed the efforts of Sens. Jerry Moran (R., Kan.) and Jon Tester (D., Mont.) in creating the first-ever Senate Community Pharmacy Caucus.

Meijer fills 1 millionth free prenatal vitamin Rx

Meijer Inc.'s free prenatal vitamin program has filled its 1 millionth prescription, at a cost savings of nearly $14 million to Midwest families.

Sam's Club to provide free children's health checks

Next week, Sam's Club plans to offer free children's health and ID screenings at its pharmacies nationwide.

NACDS unveils Marketplace 'Product Showcase' winners

Wrapping up its Marketplace Conference here, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced the winning vendors in the Product Showcase on the exhibit floor.

Walgreens makes a 'hometown' investment

Walgreen Co. has unveiled a major investment plan for Chicago in which it will remodel many of its 142 drug stores in the city, quadruple its number of "food oasis" stores there and expand its downtown office space, providing an estimated 600 new jobs.

CACDS adopts platform for enhanced pharmacy care

The Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores plans to roll out a web-based clinical platform that supports enhanced pharmacy services —  including medication adherence — to pharmacies across Canada.

Prescription drug information under scrutiny

An investigation by Consumer Reports found that prescription drug labels sometimes lack key safety warnings and some pharmacies failed to include federally required medication guides.

Walgreens launches online pickup service

Walgreen Co. has introduced its new Web Pickup service at store locations throughout the Chicago area.

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