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Week of Mon, Oct 21st, 2013

APhA: Pharmacists having an impact in diabetes epidemic

Pharmacists are making a difference in helping people with diabetes better manage their condition, according to the the American Pharmacists Association Foundation.

FDA moves to reschedule hydrocodone

Citing escalating levels of drug abuse, the Food and Drug Administration aims to reclassify hydrocodone to put tighter restrictions on the opioid pain reliever.

Ontario's health chief gets flu shot at Shoppers Drug Mart

Ontario's health minister helped Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. kick off the flu immunization season.

Safeway pharmacies to join Catalina Health retail network

Catalina Health, a provider of personalized patient management solutions, plans to add all Safeway supermarket pharmacies to its retail pharmacy network by the end of November.

CVS lends support to drug disposal events

CVS/pharmacy has launched the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, aimed at helping police departments across the country work with CVS stores in their area to hold drug takeback events.

NACDS, NCPA urge CMS to raise dispensing fees

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association have called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to assess "the true cost" of dispensing prescription drugs with the coming expansion of Medicaid services under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

McKesson to acquire global Rx wholesaler Celesio

McKesson Corp. plans to buy Germany-based pharmaceutical distributor Celesio in a complex deal valued at $8.3 billion.

Shoppers Drug Mart teams with online shopping club

Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. and online shopping club Beyond the Rack have launched a co-branded website that provides members of the drug chain's loyalty program with exclusive savings and rewards on fashions and accessories.

Walgreens executive tabbed as NASP president

Michael Ellis, corporate vice president of specialty pharmacy and infusion services at Walgreen Co., has been named as the first president of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP).

Sale of Canada Safeway to Sobeys gets green light

Canada's Competition Bureau has entered into a consent agreement with Sobeys Inc. in which it will be able to proceed with its transaction to buy Canada Safeway Ltd.

BCPhA aims to improve funding for immunizations

The British Columbia Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) has recommended to the provincial government a different approach for managing spending on immunizations.

Fairview Pharmacy readies new mobile app

Fairview Pharmacy Services plans to roll out a new mobile application and web portal that will provide enhanced prescription services for its retail customers.

ACO implements Walgreens' WellTransitions

Walgreen Co.'s WellTransitions hospital discharge services program has been adopted by the accountable care organization (ACO) of health care management firm Baroma Inc.

Rexall highlights easy access to flu shots

Rexall Pharma Plus is spotlighting convenient access to flu vaccinations, which are now available on a walk-in basis at its stores across Canada.

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