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Week of Mon, Sep 19th, 2011

Walmart, Argus partner on preferred Rx network

Walmart and Argus Health Systems Inc. have entered a preferred pharmacy network arrangement.

NCPA: Community pharmacies drive generics use

With generic drugs in the national spotlight as a cost-saver for the health care system, the National Community Pharmacists Association is noting that its members are a core provider of these affordable medications.

Take Care clinic, pharmacy opened at Sanofi US HQ

Take Care Health Systems, the retail health clinic subsidiary of Walgreen Co., has opened a full-service medical center and on-site pharmacy at Sanofi US headquarters in Bridgewater, N.J.

FDA urges Primatene Mist users to ready a replacement

The Food and Drug Administration is alerting users of over-the-counter asthma inhalers containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) to get a prescription for a replacement medication since these products won't be made or sold by the year's end.

Kroger pharmacies offer needle-free flu injections

As part of their flu vaccination effort, Kroger Co. supermarket pharmacies and Little Clinic health clinics are offering needle-free injections from Pharmajet Inc.

GPhA: Generics saved nation $931B over past decade

The use of generic prescription drugs saved U.S. consumers and the nation's health care system $931 billion over the past decade, according to an analysis released by Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA).

Rite Aid improves top, bottom lines in 2Q

Rite Aid Corp. lowered its net loss for the fiscal 2012 second quarter, beating Wall Street's forecast, as the drug store chain saw sales rise and expenses decline.

Flu exacts toll on workers, Walgreens study finds

By the numbers, the last flu season took its toll on workers, parents and children in terms of lost workdays, lost wages and missed school days, among other effects, according to a new report from Walgreen Co.

CVS, P&G unveil 'guy aisle'

CVS/pharmacy and Procter & Gamble Co. have set up a prototype aisle designed to make it easier for men to find and purchase grooming products.

Express Scripts, Medco CEOs defend merger deal

At a congressional hearing, the chief executive officers of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) Express Scripts Inc. and Medco Health Solutions Inc. made the case for the companies' merger deal, which retail and specialty pharmacy groups and others have called anticompetitive.

APhA steers consumers to drug stores for flu shots

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) has begun its annual campaign to alert consumers that their local retail drug store provides a convenient place to get their flu shot this season.

Former Walgreens exec becomes InnerWorkings COO

John Eisel, a former divisional vice president at Walgreen Co., has been named chief operating officer of InnerWorkings Inc., a global print management and promotional solutions firm.

Cardinal Health offers guidance on drug disposal events

The Cardinal Health Foundation is providing new guidelines that help pharmacists and other health care providers host medication disposal days.

Good Neighbor, Health Mart lead in Rx satisfaction

Independent pharmacy franchises, supermarkets and mass merchandisers topped traditional chain drug stores in terms of pharmacy customer satisfaction in the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. National Pharmacy Study.

Industry mourns passing of Len DeMino

Len DeMino, who spent more than 50 years involved in community pharmacy, died on Friday. He was 81.

NACDS radio ad urges rejection of PBM merger

A radio advertisement launched by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores aims to rally consumers against the proposed merger of Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions.

Duane Reade to use electric delivery trucks

Duane Reade has partnered with Smith Electric Vehicles to add Newton zero-emission, all-electric commercial trucks to its delivery fleet.

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