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Meijer pharmacists expect more flu shot traffic

Pharmacists at supercenter chain Meijer Inc. are forecasting a much busier season for flu vaccinations this year.

CVS/pharmacy, Humana partner on ACA education

CVS/pharmacy has teamed up with Humana Inc. to help educate consumers about health insurance options brought by the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

Pharmacists tweet their health care stories

In a global "tweet-a-thon," pharmacists took to the social media platform Twitter with thousands of tweets depicting how the profession is taking a bigger role in health care, according to the National Community Pharmacists Association.

Sam's Club Pharmacy to hold women's health screenings

Sam's Club Pharmacy plans to offer free women's health screenings to members and nonmembers next week in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Walgreens, GoHealth provide health coverage assistance

Walgreen Co. is working with health insurance portal GoHealth to provide customers an information resource as they weigh new health benefits choices brought by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its new Health Insurance Marketplace.

CVS tips hat to its pharmacy staff

In recognition of American Pharmacists Month in October, CVS Caremark Corp. is extending a message of thanks to its pharmacists, whom the company notes are taking on a bigger health care role.

Rite Aid sees sales uptick in September

Comparable-store sales continued to improve in September at Rite Aid Corp.

Bartell gets ready for 'Health & Beauty Week'

Starting this weekend, Bartell Drugs plans to hold health screenings, beauty care demonstrations and product samplings, among other activities, for its annual "Health & Beauty Week" event.

Same-store sales spike in September at Walgreens

Walgreen Co. turned in its largest monthly same-store sales gain of 2013 in September.

Navarro serves up health insurance resources

Navarro Discount Pharmacy is positioning itself as a free information resource for customers as they assess new health insurance options now available via the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

PTCB marks certification milestone for pharmacy techs

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) has reached a milestone, passing the half-million mark in certifications.

Meijer pharmacies offer ACA guidance

Meijer has partnered with health benefits provider Priority Health to help customers get information on their health insurance options as open enrollment with the launch of the Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Calif. enacts law recognizing 'advanced pharmacist'

California Gov. Jerry Brown has approved legislation that raises the status of pharmacists as health care providers and widens their scope of practice.

Rite Aid calls out vote for favorite pharmacy staff

Rite Aid Corp. is bringing back its "Vote for Your Favorite Pharmacy Team Member" contest in recognition of American Pharmacists Month in October.

London Drugs recognized for 'green' initiative

London Drugs has received the national Canadian Stewardship Award for its efforts in recycling and environmental advocacy and education.

NCPA helps create pharmacist care network in Missouri

The National Community Pharmacists Association is participating in an initiative to form a pharmacist care network across Missouri.

Bartell Drugs set to open next-gen store

Later this month, Bartell Drugs plans to open one of its largest stores in the Greenwood neighborhood of north central Seattle.

Jean Coutu gains stake in home care provider

The Medicus Group, in which Canadian drug chain Jean Coutu Group owns a 50% stake, is acquiring Oxybec Sante-Confort, a Quebec-based provider of home care products and services.

Rite Aid tool provides Part D assistance

With open enrollment for Medicare Part D approaching, Rite Aid Corp. plans to again offer its Medicare Advisor tool to help seniors compare and select a Medicare prescription drug plan (PDP).

Pharmaca reaches out to children through Vitamin Angels

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy has served nearly 400,000 children through its partnership with Vitamin Angels, a nonprofit group that raises funds to help at-risk populations gain access to life-saving and life-changing micronutrients.

WellPoint launches preferred Rx network for Medicare plans

Health benefits provider WellPoint Inc. announced that it has launched a preferred pharmacy network for most Medicare drug plans in 2014.

APhA urges consumers to 'Know Your Pharmacist'

The message of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) as it kicks off the annual American Pharmacists Month campaign is ringing truer as the nation's health care landscape is set to change.

Walgreens reports robust results for fiscal 2013

Walgreen Co. reported a surge in earnings and record sales for its 2013 fiscal year, fueled in part by a strong fourth quarter.

McKesson hires new CFO

James Beer has joined McKesson Corp. as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Good Neighbor ranks No. 1 in pharmacy satisfaction study

Drug store franchises, supermarkets and mass merchants lead the field in terms of pharmacy customer satisfaction, with AmerisourceBergen Corp.'s Good Neighbor Pharmacy rating highest overall, according to the J.D. Power 2013 U.S. Pharmacy Study.

H.D. Smith acquires full ownership of Triplefin

After buying a majority stake earlier this year, H.D. Smith has now acquired the remaining shares of Triplefin, a provider of reimbursement, patient assistance and pharmaceutical brand-support services.

Wasson: Walgreens/Alliance Boots venture on track

Walgreen Co. and Alliance Boots are making steady progress in creating what they call the first global, pharmacy-led enterprise focused on health, beauty and well-being, according to Walgreens president and chief executive officer Greg Wasson.

Loblaw names Shoppers Drug Mart integration executive

Loblaw Cos. has appointed veteran company executive Mark Butler to lead the integration of Shoppers Drug Mart Corp.

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