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Week of Mon, May 19th, 2014

Ontario pharmacists advocate for bigger health care role

With provincial elections coming up in June, the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA) has called on its members — and all pharmacy professionals in the province — to speak to candidates in their travels and support those committed to expanding pharmacists' role in the delivery of health care.

Report: CVS offer to buy Brazilian chain declined

CVS Caremark Corp. reportedly was rejected with a $2 billion offer to buy Brazilian drug store operator DPSP.

Senators back Rx reimbursement transition period

Nine senators have called on U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to consider the challenges that states will face when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) publishes its final federal upper limits (FULs) for Medicaid reimbursement based on average manufacturer price (AMP).

E-prescription, EHR volumes on the upswing

More than half of all prescriptions were routed electronically last year, and a rising number of providers and payers are turning to electronic exchange of health information, according to Surescripts.

NCPA gives take on CMS final rule for Medicare Part D

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issuance this week of its final regulations for 2015 Medicare Part D prescription drug plans drew feedback from the National Community Pharmacists Association.

Free gas card promotion returns to CVS

CVS/pharmacy has brought back its Free Gas Card promotion, aimed at helping customers save on gas while shopping for daily essentials at its stores.

Kinney Drugs parent names Hart as CEO

Bridget-ann Hart has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of KPH Healthcare Services Inc., formerly Kinney Drugs.

Target fires president of Canada operation

Target Corp. has dismissed the president of its troubled Target Canada unit as part of leadership changes in its Canadian and U.S. operations.

NACDS Foundation names this year's Faculty Scholars

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has announced eight faculty members from pharmacy schools and colleges as the participants for its 2014-15 Faculty Scholars Program.

Former CVS exec Price joins Edible Arrangements

Former CVS/pharmacy chief marketing officer Robert Price has joined Edible Arrangements International as president.

AmerisourceBergen plans $650 million special buyback program

The board of AmerisourceBergen Corp. has authorized a special $650 million share repurchase program in connection with warrants issued to Walgreen Co. and Alliance Boots GmbH under the companies' strategic partnership.

NPCA offers DOJ suggestions on combatting Rx abuse

The National Community Pharmacists Association has submitted recommendations to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on how to fight prescription drug abuse without forcing patients with legitimate medical issues to endure chronic pain.