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Week of Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012

Rite Aid comp-store sales climb for March

Solid results in the front end and the pharmacy lifted comparable-store sales at Rite Aid Corp. in March.

Walgreens' same-store sales drop in March

Walgreen Co. saw monthly same-store sales fall again in March as a gain in front-end business wasn't enough to offset a double-digit decline in the pharmacy.

NACDS expands state government affairs department

State health policy professional Leigh Knotts has joined the National Association of Chain Drug Stores as a director of state government affairs.

Metro acquires prescription business from Zellers

Canadian food and drug retailer Metro Inc. is buying prescription files from seven Zellers pharmacies in Ontario.

RxAlly adds to leadership team

Pharmacy alliance RxAlly has named John Miall as national practice leader for integrated care initiatives.

Walgreens spotlights immunization, disease prevention efforts

Walgreen Co. presented new data at a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) event that highlights its efforts to expand access to immunizations and support disease prevention.

NACDS, NCPA press on with PBM merger opposition

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association expressed disappointment that the Federal Trade Commission cleared the way for Express Scripts Inc. and Medco Health Solutions Inc. to close their merger and said they will push ahead with efforts to block the deal.

FTC approves Medco-Express Scripts merger

The Federal Trade Commission has voted to allow Express Scripts Inc. to complete its controversial acquisition of Medco Health Solutions, a $29 billion deal that will create the nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), holding about a third of the market for prescription drug benefits.

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