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Week of Mon, Dec 16th, 2013

Walgreens starts off strong in new fiscal year

Walgreen Co. reported a surge in earnings and robust sales gains for its fiscal 2014 first quarter.

Rite Aid expands its partnership with GNC

Rite Aid Corp. has extended its partnership with GNC and plans to add hundreds more of the nutritional supplement retailer's store-within-a-store departments to its drug stores.

Rite Aid sales, net income climb in 3Q

Sales and earnings advanced in the fiscal 2014 third quarter at Rite Aid Corp., with flu vaccinations and wellness store remodels helping to fuel gains.

Pharmacies recognized by UnitedHealthcare for Rx adherence efforts

UnitedHealthcare announced the winners of the 2013 UnitedHealthcare Medication Adherence Targeted Intervention Program (TIP) Challenge benefiting the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation.

NACDS partakes in House 'Pharmacy 101' briefing

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores participated in a House Community Pharmacy Caucus "Pharmacy 101" briefing this week.

Wellness+ data sharpen Rite Aid's shopper intelligence

The wellness+ customer loyalty program is changing the game for Rite Aid in marketing and merchandising, according to company executives.

AmerisourceBergen aims to lift Good Neighbor Pharmacy Star ratings

AmerisourceBergen Corp. plans a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Star measure improvement initiative for members of its Good Neighbor Pharmacy network.

Merlo: CVS sees 'retailization' of health care

As consumers and businesses seek health care benefits and services to meet their specific needs, CVS Caremark Corp. has the “ability and agility” to provide what they're looking for, president and chief executive officer Larry Merlo said at the company's annual analyst day.

A&P enlists specialty pharmacy provider

Regional food and drug retailer A&P has signed a three-year agreement in which Innovatix LLC will be its exclusive provider of specialty pharmacy services.

NCPA: CMS documents reveal mail order Rx complaints

Almost 1,200 seniors have complained to Medicare this year about problems with mail order pharmacies, including shipment of unneeded medication and having to go without medication because delayed shipments, according to documentation recently released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Walgreens, CDC to evaluate HIV care model

Walgreen Co. is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to pilot a model of HIV patient-centered care in a national project to advance clinical integration and medication therapy management.

Duane Reade leverages social media for hosiery promo

Duane Reade has kicked off a holiday photo contest on Facebook to boost awareness of its store-brand hosiery products.

CVS Caremark Charitable Trust helps advance community health

The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust has committed $5 million to help expand access to quality health care nationwide via partnerships with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC), the School-Based Health Alliance and the second year of the "Innovations in Community Health" grant program in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC).

Gallup: Pharmacists among most-trusted professionals

Pharmacists continue to be well-regarded by Americans in terms of honesty and ethics, according to an annual poll by Gallup.

Rite Aid CEO: Store base offers 'lots of opportunity'

It’s evident that John Standley is confident in Rite Aid’s strategic game plan, which has reinvigorated the company financially and in the marketplace.

With exchanges under way, NACDS gives take on preferred networks

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores voiced concern to lawmakers about preferred pharmacy networks as consumers sign up for benefits offered via the new health insurance exchanges.

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