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Week of Mon, Jan 14th, 2013

United, Walgreens open health clinic at O'Hare

United Airlines has opened a Walgreens-managed employee health clinic at O'Hare International Airport.

Shopko appoints merchandising chief as president

Shopko has promoted Jill Soltau to president and chief merchandising officer.

Canada sets pricing for common generics

In what's being called a first step toward a more strategic, coordinated approach to pharmaceutical management, provinces and territories in Canada are establishing price points for six popular generic drugs.

AmerisourceBergen lands California Rx supply pact

AmerisourceBergen Corp. has been awarded a major pharmaceutical wholesale contract by the state of California.

Ex-defense secretary to keynote NACDS Annual Meeting

Robert Gates, who served as secretary of defense under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 NACDS Annual Meeting.

Walgreens to carry Televisa products for Hispanic consumers

Walgreen Co. plans to sell health and wellness items from Televisa Consumer Products (TCP) as part of an effort to engage Hispanic customers and gain more insight into the Hispanic community.

PhRMA: Biopharmaceutical pipeline looks promising

A report from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) describes the biopharmaceutical pipeline as "innovative and robust," with a high percentage of possible first-in-class medicines and therapies for diseases with limited treatment options.

CVS, UFCW agree to union vote in California

CVS Caremark Corp. and United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) have agreed to allow CVS/pharmacy employees in three major California markets to vote on whether they want union representation.

Rite Aid, Safeway add to flu vaccine supply

Rite Aid Corp. and Safeway Inc. have procured hundreds of thousands of additional flu vaccinations as many states continue to report significant flu activity.

U.S. child vaccination schedule deemed safe

A new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) said a review of the federal childhood immunization schedule attests to its safety.

Drug chains work to meet flu shot demand

The nation's largest drug chains are working to keep their stores supplied with flu vaccine as customer demand surges amid what's shaping up to be an unexpectedly severe flu season.

Meijer COO appointed as president

Meijer has named chief operating officer J.K. Symancyk as president of the company, taking over from Mark Murray, who has been appointed to the newly formed position of co-chief executive officer.

NACDS readies for Regional Chain Conference

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is set to kick off its first trade show for 2013 with next month's NACDS Regional Chain Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Walgreens, HP team up on mobile printing

Users of Hewlett-Packard's mobile printing application for the iPhone can now get their prints at Walgreens drug stores.

H.D. Smith to buy majority stake in Triplefin

H.D. Smith plans to acquire a majority interest in Triplefin, a privately held reimbursement, patient assistance and pharmaceutical brand support services firm.

CVS addresses Tylenol supply issues

CVS Caremark Corp. has confirmed reports that supply shortages of McNeil Consumer Healthcare pain relievers, namely Tylenol, have led CVS/pharmacy to reallocate their shelf space at many stores.

Jewel-Osco stocks up on flu vaccine

Jewel-Osco is boosting its supply of flu vaccine amid escalating reports of influenza cases by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

N.Y. lets pharmacists give flu shots to kids

In response to a rising incidence of influenza, New York state is temporarily allowing pharmacists to administer vaccinations to children.

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