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Amicus brief filed in generic substitution case

The Retail Litigation Center (RLC) has joined the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the National Community Pharmacists Association and other pharmacy and retail organizations in an amicus brief filed with the Minnesota Supreme Court regarding a case involving generic drug substitution.

CVS to offer double rewards for loyalty card holders

CVS/pharmacy is bringing back a popular loyalty card promotion as it marks a company milestone.

Kmart joins pharmacy communications network

Kmart pharmacies are adopting messaging solutions from LDM Group's pharmacy network to bolster patient-pharmacist communication.

NCPA urges care as Congress scrutinizes compounding

In a letter to congressional leaders, the National Community Pharmacists Association gave its take on how pharmacy compounding safety and oversight could be improved without impacting patient access to compounded medications.

Drug chains honored for security collaboration in Houston

Drug chains CVS/pharmacy and Walgreens were among a group of retailers recognized for public safety and security efforts in a partnership with the Houston Police Department.

NACDS hires federal policy director

Christopher Smith has joined the National Association of Chain Drug Stores as director of federal public policy.

CVS wellness project to give heads-up on health reform

CVS/pharmacy is midway through its annual Project Health campaign and plans to hold hundreds more free wellness events in major cities over the next few months, with changes brought by health care reform being a key focus.

August comp-store sales rise at Rite Aid

Rite Aid Corp. maintained an improving comparable-store sales trend in August, posting its third consecutive month of gains.

Flu vaccinations under way at Stop & Shop

Stop & Shop is now providing flu shots without an appointment at all of its in-store pharmacies.

Walgreens fuels same-store sales growth in August

Walgreen Co. continued to build same-store sales momentum in August, turning in gains in both the pharmacy and front end.

Skin cholesterol test earmarked for 20 H-E-B stores

Twenty H-E-B stores in south and central Texas have been tabbed as pilot sites for the PreVu Non-Invasive Skin Cholesterol Point of Care Test from Miraculins Inc.

SDM: Pharmacists can aid in disease management

Expanding pharmacists' role could help Canadians with chronic diseases better manage their conditions and save Canada's health care system as much as $1.9 billion over three years, according to a report by Shoppers Drug Mart and two health care groups.

UN immunization effort gets hand from Walgreens

In tandem with the United Nations Foundation, Walgreen Co. is helping to provide up to 3 million vaccines to children in developing nations via a donation to the organization's Shot@Life campaign.

Rite Aid announces winner of trucker skills competition

A delivery truck driver from Rite Aid Corp.'s Lancaster, Calif., distribution center came out on top in the drug chain's 10th Annual National Driver Skills Challenge in Perryman, Md.

DoD audit: Tricare mail-order Rx costs less than retail pharmacies

An audit found that the Department of Defense's Tricare mail-order pharmacy program cost the government and beneficiaries less money than retail pharmacies, according to Express Scripts Inc., which administers the program.

Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo launch 'Shield Yourself' campaign

Bi-Lo Holdings' Winn-Dixie Stores and Bi-Lo chains are urging customers to be prepared early for the flu season through their "Shield Yourself" vaccination campaign.

Walgreens program to support vitamin A donations

Walgreen Co. is launching a program that will contribute to providing vitamin A to more than 10 million children worldwide who face a deficiency of vital nutrients.

SPCB to gauge interest in specialty Rx technician certification

The Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB) plans to launch a feasibility study for a Certified Specialty Pharmacy Technician (CSPT) designation.

Cardinal Health offers pharmacies Part D enrollment kit

Cardinal Health Inc. has released a customizable Medicare Enrollment Toolkit to help its retail pharmacy clients educate seniors about their prescription drug coverage options.

Rite Aid promotes longtime pharmacy executive

Tammy Royer has been promoted to group vice president of managed care at Rite Aid Corp.

AmerisourceBergen begins distribution to Walgreens

It's a new era for AmerisourceBergen Corp., which today officially became the primary supplier of branded drugs to Walgreen Co. and its more than 8,100 drug stores nationwide.

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