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Week of Mon, Sep 16th, 2013

CVS Caremark's Foulkes joins Home Depot board

Helena Foulkes, a senior-level executive at CVS Caremark Corp., has been appointed to the board of directors at The Home Depot.

Kroger COO named to succeed CEO

Next year, a new chief executive officer will be taking the helm at Kroger Co., the nation's biggest supermarket company and one of its largest retail pharmacy operators.

American Hospital Association endorses Walgreens WellTransitions

Walgreen Co.'s WellTransitions hospital discharge services program has been endorsed by the American Hospital Association for fostering medication adherence.

Pharmacy groups to hold global 'tweet-a-thon'

Early next month, members of more than 30 pharmacy organizations worldwide will go on Twitter to participate in a "tweet-a-thon" to highlight the positive impact that pharmacists have on patients and the health care industry, according to the National Community Pharmacists Association.

Canadian drug chains team with insulin pump portal site

In Canada, pharmacy chains are a key partner of a national distributor that has launched an online resource to help diabetics make more informed decisions about insulin pump therapy and buying diabetes products.

MinuteClinic partners with N.W. Florida health system

MinuteClinic has formed a clinical affiliation with Baptist Health Care, the largest health care network in northwest Florida .

Rite Aid 2Q earnings top Wall Street forecast

Rite Aid Corp. beat analysts' earnings expectations for its fiscal 2014 second quarter, hoisting its stock price in morning trading.

Duane Reade leads retail field on Twitter

Duane Reade said it has become Twitter's most followed retail chain in the drug, food and mass retail segment worldwide.

Consumers back FDA regulation of compounding, survey finds

A new survey indicates strong consumer support for Food and Drug Administration regulation of pharmacy compounding.

Walgreens shifts employees to health insurance exchange

Walgreen Co. plans to transition more than 160,000 employees to company-sponsored health insurance offered through a private exchange.

Poll: 'Just OK' doesn't cut it with Rx customers

Though drug chains are the busiest retail pharmacy operators, Publix Pharmacy is North America's favorite in terms of customer satisfaction, according to a survey of more than 3,600 consumers by Market Force Information, a provider of customer intelligence solutions.

Bartell Drugs commences flu vaccination program

Bartell Drugs has begun its annual seasonal flu vaccination effort, offering flu vaccines at its stores and through an off-site flu clinic program serving area businesses and
retirement communities.

Jean Coutu stores serve up free wireless access

The Jean Coutu Group is now providing free access to the wireless network in most of its drug stores in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick.

Court gives nod to Loblaw-Shoppers Drug Mart deal

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) has approved Loblaw Cos.' deal to acquire Shoppers Drug Mart Corp.

Medical Pharmacies Group to buy specialty Rx, medical supplies seller

Medical Pharmacies Group Ltd. (MPGL) plans to acquire Desjardins Healthcare Group, a leading wholesaler and retailer of specialty pharmacy services, medical supplies and equipment in Ontario.

First Walgreens store in Virgin Islands opens doors

This past weekend Walgreen Co. opened its first drug store in the U. S. Virgin Islands, on St. Thomas.

Navarro event raises pediatric cancer awareness

More than 200 children and families attended a National Childhood Cancer Awareness event hosted by Navarro Discount Pharmacy.

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