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NACDS hires federal government affairs VP

Thomas O'Donnell is slated to join the National Association of Chain Drug Stores as vice president of federal government affairs.

Walmart tests talking prescription system

Walmart is piloting a talking prescription system that gives vision-impaired people who can't read standard print an easy way to access the information on their medications.

Rite Aid sees comp-store sales uptick in May

Comparable-store sales at Rite Aid Corp. edged up in May but grew more slowly than in recent months.

APhA website goes back online after breach

The website of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), pharmacist.com, is back up after being shut down for the better part of a week because of an online attack.

Rite Aid kicks off healthy skin campaign

Rite Aid Corp. has begun its annual healthy skin campaign in conjunction with The Skin Cancer Foundation.

Chief medical officer named for Take Care Clinics

Walgreen Co. has appointed Alan London, M.D., as chief medical officer of Take Care Health Systems Consumer Solutions Group.

PTCB reorganizes pharmacy tech certification exam

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) has updated the blueprint for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), reorganizing the test's content into nine knowledge areas.

Walgreens' same-store sales fall as Rx results suffer

Same-store sales for Walgreen Co. were down in May, though less than in the previous month, as the company's contract dispute with pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Inc. continued to impact its prescription business by double-digits.

RxAlly adds Medco exec as officer

Peter Duran has joined the retail pharmacy alliance RxAlly as vice president and chief privacy officer.

Navarro launches liquor outlet, Spanish-language website

Navarro Discount Pharmacy has opened a liquor store operation adjacent to one of its drug stores in the Miami Beach area.

Walgreens grows its relationship with OptumRx, ends suit with Express Scripts

Walgreen Co. has expanded its relationship with pharmacy benefit manager OptumRx and ended its lawsuit with PBM Express Scripts Inc.

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