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NACDS-PAC tallies 2012 election performance

If the results of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores polication action committee is any indication, pharmacy advocates' efforts to engage with candidates leading up to the 2012 elections have paid off.

CVS stores roll out Nail HQ kiosks

CVS/pharmacy has begun deploying special nail care kiosks, called Nail HQ, in more than 2,000 stores.

Shoppers Drug Mart boosts support for women's health

Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. saw proceeds for its annual fundraising campaign in support of women's health rise nearly 31% this year.

Lawmakers speak out for home delivery of diabetes supplies

Lawmakers drew praise from the National Community Pharmacists Association by calling on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to continue allowing community pharmacies to provide same-day home delivery of diabetes test supplies to certain Medicare patients.

CVS retail operations execs get new assignments

CVS/pharmacy has announced new leadership assignments for its retail field organization.

Walmart Part D plan: Hypertension drugs for a penny

Next year, Walmart will enable members of its co-branded Medicare Part D plan with Humana to get common hypertension medications for 1 cent each.

90-day refills spur Rx adherence, Walgreens finds

Research from Walgreen Co. revealed that Medicaid patients with 90-day refills showed better medication adherence than those with 30-day refills.

Study: Pharmacists getting more involved in patient care

Pharmacists are playing an increasingly active role in patient care, according to Manhattan Research's Taking the Pulse Pharmacists 2012 study.

NACDS Foundation helps promote heart health

Grants from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation made possible 65 health fairs that served 3,500 patients as part of Million Hearts, a public-private partnership to help prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years.

Vote & Vax brings flu shots to the polls

National public health initiative Vote & Vax is bringing flu shots to more than 1,200 polling stations and pharmacies on Election Day.

CVS Caremark sees 3Q profit, sales surge

Income from continuing operations rose nearly 17% during the third quarter at CVS Caremark Corp., as its pharmacy benefit management segment drove a double-digit sales surge.

Stater Bros. pharmacies serve up free antibiotics

Stater Bros. Supermarkets is lending financially pressed consumers a hand by offering free generic antibiotics at its pharmacies.

London Drugs goes live with new online store

After 18 months of planning and investment, London Drugs has launched a new website and e-commerce store.

Walgreens unveils 'green' private-label line

Walgreen Co. has begun the rollout of Ology, which it calls the first nationally accessible and affordable brand of home products free of harmful chemicals.

Rx Response aids in Hurricane Sandy response

Rx Response, an initiative of the nation's pharmaceutical supply chain, is working closely with federal, state and local government agencies to address the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the supply of prescription drugs.

October sales down but improve at Walgreens

Same-store sales improved but remained on the downside at Walgreen Co. for October, with Hurricane Sandy impacting results at the end of the month.

Rite Aid expands wellness+ for diabetes

Rite Aid Corp. is stepping up its wellness+ for diabetes program by offering support and exclusive benefits and savings to diabetes patients in all of its 4,600-plus stores.

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