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Week of Mon, Jun 16th, 2014

Walmart appoints Rx merchandising executive

Mark Phillips has been named vice president of pharmaceutical merchandising for Walmart U.S.

Rite Aid responds to pertussis epidemic in California

Pertussis vaccine is in greater supply at Rite Aid stores in California following a surge in reported whooping cough cases in the state.

Study: Promising trends buoy slow vitamins market

Sales growth in the vitamins and dietary supplements market has slowed noticeably, but long-term demographic and health care trends hold promise for retailers, according to the TABS Group Annual Vitamin Study.

Meijer fills 20 millionth free prescription

Meijer Inc.'s pharmacy business reached a milestone this month when one of its pharmacists dispensed the 20 millionth script through its free prescription program.

Rite Aid sees sales rise in first quarter

Sales edged up in the fiscal 2015 first quarter at Rite Aid Corp., which posted adjusted earnings per share in line with analyst estimates following the company's lower guidance released earlier this month.

Measles outbreak in Ohio spurs Walgreens to widen vaccine availability

A spike in measles cases in Ohio has led Walgreen Co. to offer MMR vaccinations (measles, mumps, rubella) at all of its drug stores and walk-in clinics in the state.

NACDS report sheds light on joint business planning

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has teamed up with a global strategy firm to foster retailer-supplier collaboration.

Rite Aid, Core-Mark expand food distribution relationship

Core-Mark Holding Company Inc. has entered into a new food distribution agreement with Rite Aid Corp.

Walgreens affiliates with Arizona Priority Care

Walgreen Co. has formed a clinical affiliation with health care system Arizona Priority Care (AzPC).

CMS effort provides ACA health benefits education

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched From Coverage to Care (C2C), a national initiative to help people better understand their new health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

IRI: For boomers, 'healthier for you' products are key

The baby boomers/seniors market spent over $200 billion across shopping channels in 2013, accounting for more than half of consumer packaged goods (CPG) spending, according to market research firm IRI.

Walgreens, CVS to post unit pricing online

Walgreen Co. and CVS Caremark Corp. are among six leading food and drug retailers that will provide unit pricing online through an initiative with the New York attorney general's office.

Walgreens embraces customer-focused retailing

The essence of customer-focused retailing at Walgreens is making stores easier to operate "from end to end," according to Alex Gourlay, executive vice president and president of customer experience and daily living at Walgreen Co.

CVS Caremark earns NCQA certification

CVS Caremark Corp. has received certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) in utilization management.

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