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Bi-Lo, Winn-Dixie introduce Refill Sync service

In-store pharmacies at Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie supermarkets have launched a free prescription refill synchronization service.

Giant Carlisle president to retire

Rick Herring, president of Ahold USA's Giant Carlisle division, plans to retire from the company next week.

Shoppers Drug Mart finishes 2013 on positive note

Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. posted increased sales for its fiscal 2013 fourth quarter and full year, with adjusted earnings topping analysts' consensus forecast.

Rite Aid set to roll out higi health stations

In the coming months, Rite Aid Corp. plans to begin deploying higi health screening stations in most of its stores.

CVS hailed for plan to phase out tobacco products

CVS Caremark Corp.'s decision to cease sales of tobacco products in its drug stores drew widespread praise, led by the White House.

Same-store sales at Walgreens edge up in January

Same-store sales at Walgreen Co. gained in January, but a lower incidence of flu negatively impacted pharmacy sales and script count.

CVS to stop selling tobacco products

CVS Caremark Corp. will halt all sales of cigarettes and other tobacco products through its more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores nationwide by Oct. 1. The action makes CVS/pharmacy the first national drug chain to take this step.

NABP helps build consensus on controlled substance prescriptions

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and a coalition of health care stakeholders have issued a consensus document outlining steps to help ensure responsible, effective patient care in the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances.

Regional chains look to be 'part of change' in health care

In its first conference of the year, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores gathered regional drug chain and supplier members here to tackle "an ambitious agenda of retail and pharmacy."

Free blood pressure tests offered by Walgreens

Walgreen Co. is providing free blood pressure tests at all of its pharmacies and Healthcare Clinics during February in support of American Heart Month.

Pharmaca chief executive Panzer to join Sears

Mark Panzer has stepped down as president and chief executive officer of Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy to join Sears Holding Corp.

BioScrip to divest home health services business

BioScrip Inc. has agreed to sell its home health business, Deaconess HomeCare, to LHC Group Inc. for $60 million in cash.

California Rx Card tallies $240 million in savings

The California Rx Card has saved California residents more than $240 million since its launch in 2007 through the end of 2013.

Walgreens sues CVS, Rite Aid, Shopko over mobile Rx tech

Walgreen Co. is suing CVS Caremark Corp., Rite Aid Corp. and Shopko Stores Operating Co. for patent infringement regarding "refill by scan" technology in their mobile applications.

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