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MTM board issues medication review definition

The National MTM Advisory Board has released its definition of a key pharmacist professional service, the Comprehensive Medication Review (CMR).

Medi-Cal cuts bring coalition to Capitol Hill

The Alliance for Patient Care (APC), a coalition of health care providers, including pharmacists, has gone to the nation's capital to urge the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Congress to reject proposed reductions to Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid program.

NACDS, NCPA protest Express Scripts-Medco merger

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association have made their opposition to the proposed merger of Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions official.

CVS sees modest retail drug store sales gain in 2Q

Revenue rose by double digits in the second quarter at CVS Caremark Corp., despite only slight gains in overall sales and same-store sales by the retail pharmacy segment.

Pharmacies at center of Florida flu preparedness effort

Pharmacy retailers played a central role in a public-private campaign in Palm Beach County, Fla., to help people get ready for the upcoming flu season, according to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

Walgreens' same-store sales growth slows in July

Walgreen Co. in July reported its smallest same-store sales increase in months despite continuing a streak of gains stretching back to last year.

Rite Aid zeroes in on oral health

Rite Aid Corp. is providing free oral health guides in stores and online and offering wellness+ loyalty program rewards for purchases of oral care products.

Bartell to kick off school supplies drive

Bartell Drugs next week is launching its "School Tools for Kids in Need" school supplies donation drive at its 58 drug stores.

CVS offers 'Send to Card' digital option for rewards

CVS/pharmacy is enabling customers to digitally send the savings from e-mail coupons to their ExtraCare Rewards Program cards.

Milestone reached by MinuteClinic

CVS Caremark Corp. reported that its MinuteClinic retail health clinic subsidiary has surpassed 10 million patient visits.

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