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CVS consumer poll: What's an insurance exchange?

A survey by CVS Caremark Corp. found that 78% of consumers eligible for new health care coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have never heard of the state health insurance exchanges where they will have to shop for coverage starting in 2014.

Pharmacy organizations sound off on PDUFA amendment

Five pharmacy trade groups have written to Congress to voice their opposition to an amendment to the Food and Drug Administration Safety Innovation Act, saying it could delay patients timely relief from chronic pain and hike drug costs.

Walgreens, CVS studies gauge Rx adherence guidance

Fresh research by Walgreen Co. and CVS Caremark Corp. reveals that a more personal, precise approach to improving medication adherence is more successful.

APhA website gets attacked

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) has taken its website offline after it was attacked and defaced.

Sam's Club plans free men's health screenings

Next month Sam's Club pharmacies will offer free health checks for men in recognition of Men's Health Month in June. 

New health tests, affiliation for Take Care Clinics

Take Care Health Systems has added new diagnostic tests and administrative physicals to its menu of primary health care services.

Rx groups call on FDA to ease entry of biosimilars

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores, National Community Pharmacists Association and American Pharmacists Association (APhA), have made recommendations to the Food and Drug Administration aimed at facilitating the entry of lower-cost products into the biologic and specialty pharmaceutical markets.

Analysis: What many chains still lack in Rx tech

Smartphones are the new thing in efficient, on-the-go and interactive pharmacy patient services. But what technology piece is missing in too many chain pharmacies today?

CPhA backs extra tax on cigarettes

The board of trustees of the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) has voted to endorse the California Cancer Research Act.

Rite Aid expands immunizations in West Virginia

In response to new state regulations, Rite Aid has broadened the range of vaccines it provides in West Virginia.

Rite Aid CEO John Standley elected as chairman

Next month, Rite Aid Corp. president and chief executive officer John Standley will be adding the title of chairman.

Haggen appoints pharmacy executive

Food and drug retailer Haggen Inc. has hired Guy DiPasqua as vice president of pharmacy.

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