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Week of Mon, Sep 10th, 2012

Walgreens off to fast start with loyalty program

Walgreen Co. is getting off to a strong start with its new customer loyalty program, Balance Rewards.

CVS takes aim at prescription drug abuse, misuse

CVS Caremark Corp. is reviewing the Drug Enforcement Administration’s revocation of the controlled substance licenses of two of its stores in Sanford, Fla.

Survey: Many struggle to pay for prescriptions

Many U.S. consumers rely on multiple prescription drugs and are so strapped for cash that they can't afford to pay for them, leading them to skip their medications, according to the annual prescription drug poll of Consumer Reports.

RxAlly pharmacies to host Election Day flu shot clinics

RxAlly, an alliance of more than 22,000 pharmacies, is participating in Vote & Vax, a national public health initiative to increase the number of Americans who get a flu vaccination.

Rite Aid focuses on wellness for 50th anniversary

Rite Aid Corp. is marking its 50th anniversary by doing what it's done over the past five decades: focus on health and wellness.

CVS study: Information shortfall in ads for Rx-to-OTC drugs

Consumers get much less information in advertisements for drugs that went over the counter versus when they were prescription-only, new research sponsored by CVS Caremark Corp. finds.

Walgreens initiates debt offering

Walgreen Co. has priced a public offering of senior notes totaling $4 billion, some of which will be used to finance recent acquisitions.

NCPA, pharmacies file amended suit vs. PBM merger

The National Community Pharmacists Association and five pharmacy operators have filed an amended lawsuit against the merger of pharmacy benefit managers Express Scripts Inc. and Medco Health Solutions Inc.

Sam's Club adds to roster of vaccinations

Sam's Club is offering an expanded menu of immunizations this cold and flu season at all of its pharmacy locations.

Consumers amenable to retail clinics, Harris poll finds

Retail clinics show strong appeal among consumers for several basic health care services, according to a new Harris Interactive poll.

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