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Week of Mon, Aug 27th, 2012

London Drugs opens its 75th store

Western Canadian pharmacy chain London Drugs has opened its 75th brick-and-mortar store.

Kroger serves up no-appointment flu shots

The Kroger Co. is making flu shots available on a walk-in basis at all of its in-store pharmacies and The Little Clinic locations.

Sam's Club to hold diabetes screenings

Next month, Sam's Club pharmacy locations plan to provide free diabetes and vision screenings for members and the public.

Shoppers Drug Mart wins round in private-label generics challenge

The Supreme Court of Canada has cleared the way for Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. to proceed with its challenge of Ontario's ban on private-label generic drugs.

Target grows pharmacy business

Pharmacy is a vital business for Target Corp. and one that continues to grow at a healthy rate, says senior vice president of health and beauty Jose Barra.

Pharmacy customer satisfaction: A closer look

Customer satisfaction with pharmacies is high overall, but the level of satisfaction varies noticeably by channel, according to research from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Supervalu executive takes on bigger retail role

A leadership realignment at Supervalu Inc. will have ramifications for the food and drug retailer's pharmacy operation.

Navarro makes more vaccines available

Navarro Discount Pharmacy has expanded its menu of vaccines at all of its 31 drug stores in South Florida.

Health Mart aims to extend reach even further

The emergence of Health Mart as a major force in community pharmacy is one of the industry's most compelling stories in recent years.

Pratt Award goes to IMS Health's Doug Long

Doug Long, vice president of industry relations for IMS Health Inc., has received the Harold W. Pratt Award, the highest honor bestowed by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

NCPA backs Pennsylvania pharmacy audit reform bill

The National Community Pharmacists Association is calling on lawmakers in Pennsylvania to pass legislation to establish fair standards for pharmacy audits by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).

NACDS Foundation honors community pharmacy leaders

Donors to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation recognized leaders in community pharmacy with contributions at the 2012 NACDS Pharmacy and Technology Conference.

Supervalu pharmacies begin flu vaccinations

Supervalu Inc. is now administering flu immunizations at its nearly 800 supermarket pharmacy locations.

Walgreens photo app goes live on Facebook

Walgreen Co. has launched an application built into the social media website Facebook that enables users to print their photos, including "likes" and comments, at any Walgreens drug store nationwide.

Costco raises profile of its pharmacies

Few other pharmacies fill as clear a niche as those operated by Costco Wholesale Corp. “I think the single thing that most sets us apart is low price,” senior vice president of pharmacy Victor Curtis says.

Most claims dismissed in antitrust suit vs. ESI-Medco

A federal judge has dismissed most of the claims made by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the National Community Pharmacists Association and nine independent pharmacies in their antitrust lawsuit against the merger of Express Scripts Inc. and Medco Health Solutions Inc.

Stop & Shop kicks off flu shot initiative

Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. has begun providing flu vaccinations at all of its in-store pharmacies.

Each new Duane Reade is a departure

Duane Reade has proven equal to the challenge of creating a worthy successor to its flagship store at 40 Wall Street in Manhattan, which after its debut in July 2011, quickly became a model of what the 21st-century drug store can be.

Pharmacy chains emerge as catalyst for change

Chain drug pharmacies are not just reacting to change in the health care system. They’re driving it.

Wasson: NACDS gears up for next-gen trade show

At the NACDS Annual Meeting this past spring, I talked a lot about the “wellness kick” that is sweeping the nation. Consumers are looking for ways to improve their total health — physically and emotionally. Community pharmacy is uniquely positioned to help patients achieve total health, and now we have an even greater opportunity to take it to the next level.

Pharmacy & Tech Conference looks to the future

Chain drug retailing executives spotlighted the expanding role of community pharmacy and emerging models of health care in kicking off the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Pharmacy & Technology Conference this weekend.

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