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Week of Mon, Jan 20th, 2014

NACDS Foundation announces pharmacy student scholarship winners

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has awarded $20,000 in scholarships to four pharmacy students.

McKesson lands new deal to buy Celesio

Just over a week after an unsuccessful bid, McKesson Corp. has reached an agreement with Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH to acquire all of its shares in Germany-based pharmaceutical distributor Celesio.

Medication management key to exchange health plans, NACDS says

Consumers shopping for health insurance on the new exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act should get some more information on the plans' medication management capabilities, according to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

BIO hails Wash. state bills for interchangeable biologics pathway

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (WBBA) are applauding the Washington State House and Senate for advancing legislation aimed at creating a pathway for the substitution of interchangeable biologic drugs.

Poll: CVS, Walgreens are shoppers' top Rx choices

CVS/pharmacy and Walgreens are the top choices of consumers who fill prescriptions at a retail pharmacy, according to an ongoing shopper behavior study by The Integer Group and M/A/R/C Research.

Walgreens unveils latest flagship store in Manhattan

Walgreen Co. is opening its latest flagship store this week in Manhattan's Union Square.

Survey: Drug chains have more opportunity for diabetes care

Diabetes continues to be a huge health care problem for the United States, and pharmacists have been on the front line in the effort to reduce its scale. Still, there's more opportunity for drug chains to provide more diabetes care, according to data from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals' Pharmacy Satisfaction Pulse Survey.

Pharmacists can help patients control hypertension, study finds

A study by the Ontario Pharmacists Association and health benefits provider Green Shield Canada shows that pharmacists can play a key role in helping hypertension patients improve their health by substantially lowering their blood pressure.

Kroger appoints new Smith's Food and Drug president

Kroger Co. has named Jay Cummins as president of Smith's Food and Drug Stores and Joe Fey as president of Kroger's Mid-Atlantic division.

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo budgets funds for public pharmacy school

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to allocate $10 million in his 2014-15 executive budget proposal for Binghamton University to begin site acquisition and design work for a School of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacy.

Analysis: Ratings add incentive to improve outcomes

The time period from 2004 to 2006 was not that long ago. It will be remembered in future years as the beginning of something that changed the game for how health care is practiced in the United States.

Drug chains turn in solid sales for 2013

While aggressive discounting to lure holiday shoppers intensified retail competition in December, the chain drug industry emerged in reasonably good shape.

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