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Week of Mon, Sep 9th, 2013

CVS, HHS chief unveil health insurance assistance

CVS Caremark Corp. announced an information and outreach program to help customers better understand new health insurance benefits from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) during a store visit in Orlando, Fla., by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Sam's Club to provide diabetes screenings

This weekend, Sam's Club plans to host diabetes-focused health screenings at its pharmacy locations nationwide.

Campaign urges consumers to 'double check' acetaminophen use

With the cold and flu season on the way, the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition is urging consumers to be aware of their acetaminophen use when treating winter illnesses.

NCPA endorses Compounding Clarity Act

The National Community Pharmacists Association is throwing its support behind House legislation aimed at preventing a recurrence of the 2012 meningitis outbreak at the New England Compounding Center (NECC).

SDM shareholders OK merger with Loblaw

Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. shareholders have given the green light to the company's acquisition by Loblaw Cos.

CVS research classifies adherence behavior by group

Classifying patients into particular groups may be a better indicator of their long-term medication adherence behavior, researchers at CVS Caremark Corp. and Brigham and Women's Hospital found.

Walgreens adds photo capabilities in iPhone app update

Walgreen Co. has released new photo functionality in the latest updates to its iPhone mobile application.

Drug recalls have Ontario pharmacists concerned

Pharmacists in Ontario are urging Health Canada to pay closer attention to the product integrity of some medications following a series of recalls of oral contraceptives.

FDA to change safety labeling for opioid analgesics

The Food and Drug Administration is modifying safety labeling and postmarket study requirements for all extended-release and long-acting (ER/LA) opioid analgesics for the treatment of pain.

Study: Pharmacies' flexible hours spur vaccinations

One of community pharmacy's strongest attributes — convenience — is playing a pivotal role in boosting U.S. immunization rates but could do even more, according to a Walgreen Co. study published in the September/October issue of Annals of Family Medicine.

HHS secretary extends kudos to pharmacies

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, applauded retail pharmacies and other health care stakeholders for stepping forward to help Americans prepare for new health benefits being offered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Albertsons adds to pharmacy base with acquisition

Albertsons LLC is slated to raise its pharmacy count with its deal to acquire Lubbock, Texas-based United Supermarkets LLC.

Target issues challenge for health care ideas

With consumers increasingly focused on wellness, Target Corp. is sounding the call for ideas to make health care easier.

Giant pharmacies to offer health insurance guidance

Ahold USA food and drug chain Giant has partnered with Maryland Health Connection to raise customer awareness and provide information about new health insurance coverage options coming their way next month.

Walgreens to acquire Kerr Drug

In another sign of chain drug industry consolidation, Walgreen Co. plans to purchase Kerr Drug, which has 76 drug stores in North Carolina.

Shoppers Drug Mart launches arthritis screening program

Canadian Minister of Health Rona Ambrose joined with Shoppers Drug Mart president and chief executive officer Domenic Pilla to launch the drug chain's new arthritis screening program.

CVS expands exclusive fragrance, body care line

CVS/pharmacy has added new offerings to its exclusive Essence of Beauty fragrance and body care brand.

Walgreens enters clinical lab service partnership

Walgreen Co. has teamed with Theranos Inc. to offer a less-invasive and more affordable clinical lab testing service through its stores.

Rite Aid makes itself an ACA destination

With state health insurance exchanges set to launch next month, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius visited a Rite Aid store in Hoboken, N.J., to help the drug chain launch a program to give customers on-site help as they size up their health coverage options.

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