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Week of Mon, Nov 14th, 2011

RxImpact Day is rescheduled

The dates of the 2012 NACDS RxImpact Day on Capitol Hill have been changed because of a change in the 2012 congressional calendar, according to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

Bartell offers integrated Kodak, LifePics photo services

Bartell Drugs has deployed a new suite of integrated retail photo merchandising services developed by Eastman Kodak Co. and LifePics.

MinuteClinic contracts with BCBS of Arizona

MinuteClinic has become a contracted provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, the state's largest locally based health insurer.

Mobile capabilities added by CVS, Walgreens

As the holiday shopping season gets under way, CVS/pharmacy and Walgreens have served up expanded functionality for mobile device users.

NACDS, NCPA to Congress: Reject Tricare proposal

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and National Community Pharmacists Association have called on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, known as the "super committee, and the Senate Armed Services Committee to nix an Obama administration proposal that they say would lead to higher prices and penalize use of community pharmacists by Tricare members.

Emblem members keep access to Walgreens pharmacies

Walgreen Co. has reached an agreement with health insurer EmblemHealth Inc. that allows EmblemHealth and Connecticare members to retain access to the Walgreens pharmacy network in 2012.

CVS Caremark names Accordant president

CVS Caremark Corp. has appointed Kevin Murphy as president of subsidiary Accordant Health Services.

Current, former Walgreens execs join boards

The general counsel at Walgreen Co. and a onetime health services and specialty pharmacy executive at the drug chain have been named to the boards of health care-related companies.

GPhA to super committee: Don't ban patent settlements

Echoing what it calls a "growing chorus of policymakers," the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) has urged the congressional "super committee" on deficit reduction to nix a proposed legislative ban on pharmaceutical patent settlements.

Lawtons, rewards program partner on wellness

Lawtons Drugs has teamed up with LoyaltyOne, operator of the Air Miles Reward Program, in a pilot that will use reward miles to encourage healthy behaviors.

Health policy journalist tabbed as NACDS comm manager

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has hired health care policy editor Ben Moscovitch as communications manager.

Chain drug retailers zero in on private label

Though drug chains have grappled with an uncertain retail sales environment, they've been certain about one strategy to spur business in the front end: Grow private label.

Supreme Court to hear health care reform cases

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear challenges to President Barack Obama's health care reform law enacted last year.

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