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Week of Mon, Jun 11th, 2012

Walgreens exec: Private label not just matter of cost

The role of private brands has changed, requiring a more sophisticated approach in developing them, according to Laura Sturdevant, director of product development for private brands at Walgreen Co.

NACDS urges expanded PDUFA provisions

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has called on congressional leaders to expand provisions in the final bill for the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) that would maintain levels of patient care while curbing prescription drug abuse.

Walgreens: Pharmacists boost diabetes patient Rx adherence

Diabetes patients receiving injectable drugs are more likely to adhere to their medication regimens with pharmacist-led training and counseling, a new Walgreen Co. study found.

Rite Aid, CVS join in legal wrangle over Effexor generics

Months after other pharmacy retailers took legal action, Rite Aid Corp. and CVS Caremark Corp. are suing Pfizer Inc. for allegedly conspiring with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. to delay the release of generic versions of the antidepressant Effexor XR.

ShopRite serves up free vitamins

Food and drug retailer ShopRite has begun offering free prenatal vitamins at its pharmacy locations.

Ontario pharmacists eye wider scope of practice

With pharmacists in Canada slated to expand their scope of practice under health reform, the Ontario Pharmacists' Association (OPA) aims to have immunization and injection in all pharmacies in the province by the end of 2013.

MinuteClinic partners with central Florida health group

MinuteClinic has entered a clinical collaboration with Florida Hospital Medical Group to provide expanded access to health care services in central Florida.

Shoppers Drug Mart creates web portal for physicians

Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. has launched the Shoppers Health Care Portal, a website that gives Canadian health care professionals access to drug reimbursement information and clinical tools.

CVS joins Outcomes MTM network

CVS/pharmacy has agreed to become part of the Outcomes Inc. national medication therapy management (MTM) network.

NABP applies for .pharmacy web domain

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) has applied to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to own and operate the new .pharmacy generic top-level domain (gTLD).

Analysis: Merlo unlocks CVS Caremark's potential

Larry Merlo’s initial year as chief executive officer of CVS Caremark Corp. has been a remarkable one, indeed.

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