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Week of Mon, Feb 27th, 2012

PTCB appoints new CEO

The board of governors of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) has named retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Everett McAllister as its new executive director and chief executive officer.

Shopko, Pamida wrap up merger deal

Shopko Stores and Pamida have finalized their merger deal announced earlier this year, create a chain drug retailer with nearly 300 pharmacy locations in more than 20 states.

AARP picks Walgreens for retail drug store program

AARP has selected Walgreen Co. for a three-year contract to deliver retail drug store program benefits to the association's members.

Cardinal Health to appeal license suspension in Fla.

Cardinal Health Inc. plans to appeal a federal court ruling that upholds an order to suspend its license to ship controlled substances from its Lakeland, Fla., distribution center.

Publix to open pharmacy at cancer center

Publix Super Markets Inc. plans to provide a full-service retail pharmacy at a cancer treatment facility in Tampa, Fla.

Online pharmacy safety bill endorsed by NACDS

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has expressed its support for The Online Pharmacy Safety Act, designed to help protect consumers from illicit online drug sellers.

Rite Aid enlists partner for 340B program

Rite Aid Corp. has named CaptureRx as its preferred 340B technology vendor and administrator.

PTCB kicks off program to work with employers

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) has launched the Employer Partnership Program, designed for chain, community and health-system pharmacies that want to encourage pharmacy technicians to participate in the PTCB certification program.

Rite Aid closes offering of new senior notes

Rite Aid Corp. has completed the issuance of $481 million in senior unsecured notes due in 2020, the proceeds from which will be used to help refinance debt.

Walgreens recognized as health care innovator

Walgreen Co. has been named as one of the health care industry's most innovative companies by Fast Company magazine.

APhA poll shows pharmacists' top OTC picks

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) has released the results of a survey showing the top over-the-counter cold, flu and allergy medicines recommended by pharmacists.

Coalition chides Express Scripts CEO for remarks

Preserve Community Pharmacy Access Now! (PCPAN), a coalition formed last fall to oppose the merger of Express Scripts Inc. and Medco Health Solutions Inc., blasted Express Scripts chief executive officer George Paz for comments that the group said devalued the role of community pharmacists.

Rite Aid goes to one provider for print, digital circulars

Rite Aid Corp. has named a single printer to handle its weekly newspaper circular as well as the digital version.

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