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Week of Mon, Mar 5th, 2012

Senate passes bill cracking down on counterfeit drugs

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores hailed the Senate's approval of a bipartisan bill that would provide more safeguards from counterfeit medications.

Walgreens expands mobile Rx, photo functionality

Walgreen Co. has added new capabilities for mobile device users to help them better manage their prescription drug needs and stick to their medication regimens.

BioScrip turns in 4Q, year-end sales gains

Pharmacy services helped fuel an overall revenue gain at BioScrip Inc. for the company's 2011 fourth-quarter and full fiscal year.

NACDS gives take on PDUFA reforms

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores stressed to lawmakers that chain pharmacies are commited to patient safety as part of the next Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) reauthorization.

Rx boosts Rite Aid's same-store sales in February

Getting a lift from prescription business, Rite Aid Corp. saw same-store sales growth climb in February.

NCPA backs measures to combat drug diversion, theft

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) has endorsed legislation aimed at cracking down on the theft and diversion of prescription drugs.

Veterans Rx discount plan caters to Walgreens patients

Veterans Advantage Inc., a national membership program providing service benefits for the military and their families, is offering its discount prescription plan as option for Walgreens patients with Express Scripts drug plans.

APhA honors advocate for pharmacist immunizations

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) has selected Deborah Wexler, founder and executive director of the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), to receive 2012 APhA Immunization Champion Award — Friend of Pharmacy.

Walgreens kicks off mobile coupon program

Walgreen Co. is enabling mobile device users to immediately get a coupon when they "check in" at any of its stores.

AmerisourceBergen to buy biopharma logistics firm

AmerisourceBergen Corp. plans to acquire World Courier Group Inc., a global specialty transportation and logistics provider for the biopharmaceutical industry, for $520 million in cash.

CACDS: Canadians turn to pharmacy for more than Rx

A Nielsen survey commissioned by the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores (CACDS) found that patients nationwide are relying on their local pharmacy for health care knowledge, expertise and services.

Poll: Ontarians amenable to pharmacist immunizations

Sixty-one percent of Ontarians say they would go to their pharmacist for immunizations if they knew pharmacists had the proper training and were authorized by the government to do so, according to an Ipsos-Reid survey commissioned by the Ontario Pharmacists' Association (OPA).

Confection trade group honors Rite Aid category manager

Val Stansfield, a category manager at Rite Aid Corp., has received the 2012 Confectionery Leadership Award from the National Confectioners Association (NCA).

CVS chief medical officer joins payment reform panel

Troy Brennan, executive vice president and chief medical officer at CVS Caremark Corp., has been named to the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform.

Rx pulls down Walgreens' February same-store sales

Prescription business at Walgreen Co. took another sizable hit in February and weighed down overall same-store sales results as the chain continued to feel the impact of its contract impasse with pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Inc.

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