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Week of Mon, Jan 28th, 2013

NACDS: Study shows benefit of MTM in disease management

A study in the journal Population Health Management found that diabetes patients had improved health outcomes when pharmacist-provided medication therapy management (MTM) services were part of their disease therapy.

Rite Aid initiates debt refinancing

Rite Aid Corp. plans a series of refinancing transactions to extend the maturity of some debt and reduce interest costs.

Shopko finishes conversion of Pamida stores

Shopko has completed remodeling 163 Pamida stores to the Shopko Hometown format, which has a pharmacy.

Consumers don't feel need to get flu shot, poll finds

Despite the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many Americans aren't convinced that a flu shot is the best way to avoid getting influenza, according to an Ipsos survey.

Walgreens moves up Magnacca

Joseph Magnacca has been promoted to executive vice president at Walgreen Co.

Rite Aid hires government affairs executive

Yong Choe has joined Rite Aid Corp. as vice president of federal affairs and public policy.

NCPDP: Rx chains take action on acetaminophen safety

Retail pharmacy chains have moved ahead with recommendations from the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) that aim to promote the safe use of acetaminophen.

Flu season lifts Rite Aid's January same-store sales

Getting a boost from flu-related business, same-store sales at Rite Aid Corp. edged up in January after four consecutive months of declines.

POS tool spotlights cities most concerned about flu

In terms of flu-associated product sales, Huntsville, Ala., tops the list of cities most concerned by the severe flu season, according to MaxPoint's latest Interest Index.

Rite Aid raises awareness of heart health

For American Heart Month in February, Rite Aid Corp. is offering customers free Heart Health guides in stores and online.

Take Care Clinics affiliates with Indiana health network

Take Care Health Systems has formed a clinical affiliation with Community Health Network in central Indiana.

Request filed to rehear Medi-Cal case

Plaintiffs in federal litigation to halt reimbursement cuts to Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid program, have filed a request for a review of the case.

Study: Thrifty White program boosts adherence

Thrifty White Pharmacy's Medication Synchronization program lifts the medication adherence rate well above the industry average for patients with chronic disease states, according to a Virginia Commonwealth University study.

PCMA study: Drug store networks could save billions

Increased use of preferred pharmacy and limited pharmacy networks could save employers, Medicare and Medicaid $115 billion over the next decade, according to a study commissioned by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA).

NCPA weighs in on proposal for hydrocodone combo products

Policymakers should consider alternative strategies as they examine a proposal that would put thousands of common, hydrocodone-containing products under the same restrictions as morphine and opium and make it more difficult for consumers using those drugs legitimately to relieve chronic pain, according to the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).

NABP calls for more collaboration to thwart illicit online drug sales

A report from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) urges continued collaboration among global stakeholders to squelch public health threats presented by "rogue" Internet drug outlets.

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