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Week of Mon, Jul 15th, 2013

Pharmaca rolls out Natural Beauty Bar to more stores

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy Inc. has brought its Natural Beauty Bar services, launched a year ago, to another five locations.

Jean Coutu Group no longer a Rite Aid stakeholder

The Jean Coutu Group has sold its remaining shares of Rite Aid Corp., divesting its equity stake in the U.S. drug chain.

Distribution center kicks off CVS effort to hire veterans

CVS Caremark Corp. is launching its effort to hire military veterans and spouses with an event at the company's Vero Beach, Fla., distribution center.

Sales at Shoppers Drug Mart climb in 2Q

Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. saw revenue and same-store sales rise in the second quarter of 2013, while earnings topped analysts' forecast by a penny.

Drug chains nix Rolling Stone magazine picturing Boston Marathon bomber

CVS Caremark Corp., Walgreen Co. and Rite Aid Corp. have indicated they won't sell an issue of Rolling Stone magazine that pictures accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover.

Cardinal, NACDS seek study on adherence, hospital readmissions

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has made a request for proposals to research the impact of integrating pharmacist-provided medication management services into the hospital discharge process.

Congress urged to keep oversight of compounding to state pharmacy boards

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association provided insight to a congressional committee examining ways to tighten regulation of pharmacy compounding.

AstraZeneca executive joins Walgreens

Walgreen Co. has named former AstraZeneca vice president Mark Lelinski as its new corporate vice president for market access.

NACDS, NCPA cite Medicaid reimbursement flaws

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association have expressed concerns about "fair and accurate" Medicaid pharmacy reimbursement after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published draft, three-month rolling average federal upper limits (FULs).

Walgreens expands reach of photo pickup

Walgreens drug stores nationwide can now receive and print photo orders through the LifePics Network.

MinuteClinic serves up weight-loss program

MinuteClinic has introduced the Weight Loss Program at MinuteClinic, a personalized program designed to help people lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle

Loblaws to acquire Shoppers Drug Mart

Loblaw Cos. is acquiring Shoppers Drug Mart for $12.4 billion (Canadian) in a cash and stock deal.

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