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Week of Mon, Jan 2nd, 2012

Noise amplifies around Walgreens-Express Scripts impasse

The contract stand-off between Walgreen Co. and pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) Express Scripts Inc. hasn't changed, but the situation continues to simmer.

Jean Coutu sees store network, corporate sales climb in 3Q

Despite the deflationary impact of generic drug price reductions, Jean Coutu Group and its franchised store network turned in solid sales gains for the fiscal 2012 third quarter.

USP proposes standard for safer medicine supply chain

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has proposed best practices aimed at preserving the integrity of the pharmaceutical supply chain — namely to reduce the risk of counterfeit drugs and mishandled medications.

Poll: Pharmacists are Canada's most trusted professionals

In Canada, pharmacists are at the top of the list of the most trusted professions, according to a survey by Ipsos Reid.

Giant adds to Rx base with Genuardi's buy from Safeway

A dozen retail pharmacies are set to change hands in the Philadelphia area as Giant Food Stores has agreed to buy 16 Genuardi's supermarkets from Safeway Inc.

Rite Aid closes out 2011 with largest comp-store gain

Lifted by a calendar day shift, Rite Aid Corp. ended 2011 on a strong note by turning in its biggest comparable-store sales increase for the year.

Walgreens ekes out same-store gain in December

Comparable-store sales growth again slowed at Walgreen Co. as the drug chain turned in a narrow increase in December.

Larry Sabato to address NACDS Annual Meeting

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced that election analyst and University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato will be a keynote speaker at the 2012 NACDS Annual Meeting.

2012 Retail Forecast: Chain drug eyes broader role

Though uncertainty still surrounds the economy and the U.S. health care reform law, North American drug chains have carved out a role as wellness providers.

Free weight-loss advice served up by Rite Aid

To encourage New Year's resolution makers to get healthy and lose weight, Rite Aid Corp. is offering customers expert advice in printed guides, online resources and face-to-face conversations with a Rite Aid pharmacist free during January.

Shopko Stores to absorb Pamida chain in merger

Shopko Stores and Pamida plan to merge, which will create a chain drug retailer with nearly 300 pharmacy locations in more than 20 states.

APhA: States could make MTM an 'essential health benefit'

The move by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to let states set their own definitions of "essential health benefits" covered by plans in upcoming health insurance exchanges spells opportunity for pharmacists, according to the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).

Sam's Club helps track health vitals, curb smoking

This month, Sam's Club plans to offer an array of free health screenings and smoking cessation consultations as people get under way with their New Year's resolutions.

FDA to launch single REMS for TIRF products

In March, the Food and Drug Administration plans to deploy a single, shared Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for the transmucosal immediate-release fentanyl (TIRF) products.

New CVS website facilitates Tricare Rx transfers

CVS/pharmacy has launched a service on its website that enables beneficiaries of Tricare, the U.S. armed forces' health and prescription drug benefit program, to transfer their prescriptions to one of its drug stores.

Rite Aid launches Resolution Rewards promo

Rite Aid Corp. has kicked off the new year with a new customer savings promotion called Resolution Rewards.

Walgreens unveils transition plan for Express Scripts members

Now that it's officially out of the Express Scripts Inc. pharmacy network, Walgreen Co. has served up a transition plan for patients who receive prescription drug benefits through the pharmacy benefit manager (PBM).

Jewel-Osco eyes Express Scripts plan members

Another Supervalu Inc. food and drug chain has made a pitch to Walgreens pharmacy customers with Express Scripts Inc. prescription drug benefit plans.

Chain Drug Review Retailer of the Year: Walgreens

The editors of Chain Drug Review have named the employees of Walgreen Co. — and more particularly, five of the company’s top executives — as the publication’s 2011 Chain Drug Retailers of the Year.

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