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Week of Mon, May 14th, 2012

PTCB: Telepharmacy extends reach of Rx services

Telepharmacy is enabling pharmacies to reach more patients with their services, improve medication safety and ease staffing shortages at many rural health care and emergency facilities nationwide, according to the Pharmacy Technican Certification Board (PTCB).

Survey: Consumers uphold pharmacy spending

Financial worries have many consumers reducing spending, yet pharmacy is one area where they're not looking to cut back, according to a survey by Empathica Inc.

More clinics on the way from Target

This summer Target Corp. aims to open Target Clinics in two new states as part of a plan to add 10 more clinic locations by the fall.

Pharmacy on 'front line' of health care, NACDS tells Senate

Community pharmacies are at the forefront of the nation's health care delivery system and play a pivotal role in mitigating medical costs and improving health outcomes, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores told a Senate committee.

Walmart: Get your generic Plavix here

Walmart has announced that it will be one of the first pharmacy retailers to offer clopidogrel, the generic version of the blockbuster anti-blood clotting medication Plavix.

CVS Caremark: Better adherence saved PBM clients $2.4 bil.

CVS Caremark Corp. estimated that its pharmacy benefit management (PBM) clients saved nearly $2.4 billion last year because of improved medication adherence for chronic conditions.

London Drugs to arm store staff with iPads

London Drugs is deploying Apple iPads to all of its stores to bring customers product information on the spot to aid their buying decisions.

Rite Aid wraps up debt offering

Rite Aid Corp. has closed an offering of $421 million in senior notes due in 2020 as part of a debt refinancing initiated earlier this month.

Walgreens unveils 'new and improved' Rx savings club

Walgreen Co. has expanded its Prescription Savings Club to include hundreds more value-priced generic drugs and discounts on a broader range of other products and services.

Cardinal Health reaches settlement with DEA

In a settlement with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Cardinal Health Inc. has agreed to a two-year suspension of its Lakeland, Fla., distribution center's registration to ship controlled substances.

Category manager exits Rite Aid

Paul Margeson, a category manager for several over-the-counter segments at Rite Aid Corp., has left the company.

Poll: Walgreens is top drug store brand

In terms of brand equity, Walgreens leads the field among retail pharmacy operators, including drug store chains and mass merchants, according to a survey by Harris Interactive.

CVS' MinuteClinic helps raise diabetes awareness in Chicago

MinuteClinic is teaming up with a coalition of groups aimed at raising diabetes awareness among families on Chicago's South Side.

Rite Aid exec to keynote pharmacy school commencement

Rite Aid Corp. pharmacy chief Robert Thompson is slated to deliver the commencement address this weekend at Duquesne University's Mylan School of Pharmacy graduation ceremony.

Walgreens begins training program for workers with disabilities

Walgreen Co. has launched a national training initiative to help people with disabilities gain retail and customer service skills.

Alabama enacts PBM pharmacy audit legislation

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores applauded Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) for signing into law the Pharmacy Audit Integrity Act (SB 383), which regulates pharmacy audits conducted in the state by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).

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