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Daily health tests provided at Walgreens stores in California

Tests for cholesterol, blood glucose and body composition are now being offered daily at about 200 Walgreens drug stores in California.

Poll: Drug chains cited as key grocery, meal outlets

The nation's largest drug chains were among the top retailers cited by consumers in terms of shopping for groceries, fresh meals and other items from a nontraditional source, according to a survey by King Retail Solutions.

CVS research flags Rx benefit features encouraging adherence

Five key features of popular value-based insurance design (VBID) plans are associated with the greatest impact on medication adherence, according to research by CVS Caremark Corp. and Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Fruth Pharmacy names Pharmacists of the Year

Fruth Pharmacy has announced Jeff Haffner and John Mourat as its Pharmacists of the Year for 2013.

Walgreens: Targeted employer Rx programs aid adherence

New research from Walgreen Co. sheds light on how value-based insurance design (VBID) programs can be optimized by targeting the sickest, least adherent and most costly patients.

Lawmakers back CMS proposal on preferred pharmacy networks

Members of Congress have contacted the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to express support of an agency proposal on preferred pharmacy networks in Medicare Part D prescription drug plans for 2015.

Rite Aid turns spotlight on pharmacy team 'favorites'

Rite Aid Corp. has announced the winners of its 2013 Favorite Pharmacy Team Member contest: a pharmacy cashier from Cliffside Park, N.J., and a loyal customer of the drug chain's store in Mansfield, Mass.

Former senators create alliance to spur telehealth

Three former U.S. senators have formed a coalition with companies focused on health care delivery — including the nation's largest drug chains — to promote policy reform around telehealth and remote patient monitoring.

Walgreens eases access to pneumonia vaccine for people with HIV

Walgreen Co. is collaborating with National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) to encourage African-Americans with HIV to get recommended vaccinations.

Medicine Shoppe pharmacy reaps benefits from automation

The Medicine Shoppe in Mount Vernon, Ill., reports improved efficiency in the pharmacy — and more opportunity to concentrate on patient care — since the recent implementation of an automation solution from Innovation.

Kinney Drugs opens Healthy You health clinic

Kinney Drugs has opened a Healthy You Wellness Center at one of its stores in Syracuse, N.Y., under a collaborative health care partnership with Pulmonary Health Physicians and Franciscan Companies, an affiliate of St. Joseph's Hospital.

CVS finishes 2013 with strong fourth quarter

CVS Caremark Corp.’s fourth quarter earnings beat analysts’ expectations as pharmacy sales were boosted by new drugs and new customers for specialty medications.

Senators urge Walgreens, Rite Aid, NACDS to
end drug store tobacco sales

Eight U.S. senators have called on the chief executive officers of Walgreen Co., Rite Aid Corp. and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores to follow suit with CVS Caremark Corp.'s plan to stop sales of tobacco products at drug stores.

Walgreens extends no-cost scripts program as
ACA coverage issues linger

With consumers still experiencing coverage issues after enrolling for plans via the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges, Walgreen Co. is extending its program to help bridge the gap for pharmacy benefits.

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