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Week of Mon, Jan 7th, 2013

APhA to honor MTM advocate

Patty Kumbera, chief operating officer of medication therapy management service provider OutcomesMTM, is slated to receive the inaugural Distinguished Achievement in Practice Management Award from the American Pharmacists Association and the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management.

Rx notification service launched by Jean Coutu

Jean Coutu Group has begun enabling pharmacy customers to receive a text or e-mail notification when their prescriptions are ready for pickup.

Walgreens part of three new ACOs

Advocare Walgreens Well Network, Diagnostic Clinic Walgreens Well Network and Scott & White Walgreens Well Network have been selected as accountable care organizations (ACOs) in Medicare.

Walmart appoints new OTC health exec

Walmart U.S. has promoted Carmen Bauza to senior vice president of OTC health and wellness, filling the roll previously held by Scott McCall.

Former CVS exec to lead HBA at Family Dollar

Jim Trappani, a former CVS merchandising executive, has joined Family Dollar Stores Inc. as vice president of health and beauty aids.

Jean Coutu sees sales rise in 3Q

Pricing pressure on prescriptions from government-mandated reductions didn't prevent the Jean Coutu Group drug stores from growing revenue and same-store sales for the fiscal 2013 third quarter.

Supervalu to sell off five supermarket chains

Supervalu Inc., one of the nation's largest food and drug retailers, plans to sell five of its supermarket chains — including most of its pharmacies — in a $3.3 billion deal that will result in a new, smaller company.

2013 Outlook: Retail Rx embraces change

Chain drug executives are sounding an upbeat tone as they size up their prospects for 2013.

Wasson: Walgreens' strategy 'blurs retail channels'

With a much-publicized PBM battle now behind it, Walgreen Co. is locked in on expanding its "Well Experience" health and daily living strategy across its stores and other channels, president and chief executive officer Greg Wasson told attendees at the company's annual shareholder meeting.

Thrifty White recognized for pharmacy innovation

Thrifty White Pharmacy is reinventing the essential component of chain drug retailing by recasting pharmacists as patient counselors and practitioners of medication therapy management. For seeking to end the long-standing limitations on pharmacists from the rote demands of dispensing prescriptions, Thrifty White has been recognized as Chain Drug Review’s Pharmacy Innovator of the Year for 2012.

Walgreens, BMW open work-site health center

Walgreen Co. and BMW Manufacturing have opened what they called one of the nation's most comprehensive work-site health centers on the BMW campus in Spartanburg, S.C.

Poll: Use of walk-in clinics is up

More consumers have used walk-in health clinics in recent years, according to a Harris Interactive/HealthDay survey.

Uniprix banner extends its reach

Uniprix Group is heading into 2013 with a reinforced brand and a bigger presence in its Quebec market area.

Home care company enlists Walgreens' Rx service

Home care provider ResCare Inc. plans to offer Walgreen Co.'s DailyMed prescription service.

Rite Aidís Thompson honored as top pharmacy exec

For his leadership in marshalling his team and executing a well-thought-out pharmacy plan, Rite Aid Corp. executive vice president of pharmacy Robert Thompson has been named Pharmacy Executive of the Year by Chain Drug Review.

PharmaChoice stores to pilot PreVu skin cholesterol test

PharmaChoice, one of Canada's largest pharmacy networks, is slated to pilot the PreVu skin cholesterol test from Miraculins Inc. in Ontario and Atlantic Canada.

Wasson, Pessina are CDR's Retailers of the Year

Striking a blockbuster deal that could shift the industry's perspective, Walgreen Co. chief executive officer Greg Wasson and Alliance Boots executive chairman Stefano Pessina — and their management teams — have been selected as the 2012 Retailers of the Year by Chain Drug Review.

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