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Week of Mon, Jul 7th, 2014

PQA launches adult immunization task force

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) has launched a new quality measurement initiative to narrow gaps in measurement and reporting for adult immunizations.

Walgreens licenses prescription management patents

Two pharmacy technology companies have struck licensing deals for Walgreen Co.’s prescription alignment patents.

HomeTown Pharmacy enlists front-end solution

HomeTown Pharmacy Inc. has adopted Epicor Eagle pharmacy retail software to help improve management of its front-end business.

Provider status bill builds bipartisan support

More members of Congress are recognizing the need for the nation to make broader use of pharmacists' range of health care capabilities, according to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

MinuteClinic tabbed as sports physical provider for USA Football

MinuteClinic has entered a joint marketing and sponsorship agreement with USA Football, the sport of football's national governing body.

Jean Coutu Group names new director

Andrew Molson has been elected to the board of directors at the Jean Coutu Group.

Pharmacies rapidly enable e-prescribing for controlled substances

More than 28,000 pharmacies nationwide now accept electronically transmitted prescriptions for controlled substances, representing 41% of all retail pharmacies in the United States, according to a report by health care IT provider DrFirst.

Walgreens helps support 'Stop Diabetes' effort

The American Diabetes Association is helping further the "Stop Diabetes" movement in tandem with Walgreen Co. and its Balance Rewards program.

Total Store Expo session to address Rx supply chain law

Next month's National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo will offer attendees an opportunity to learn directly from the Food and Drug Administration about the implications of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act of 2014.

CVS, Walgreens CEOs partake in workplace health initiative

CVS Caremark Corp. president and chief executive officer Larry Merlo and Walgreen Co. president and CEO Greg Wasson were among 22 chief executives from across U.S. industry announcing the creation of the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable.

Jean Coutu sees retail store sales uptick in 1Q

Jean Coutu Group saw revenue edge up in its franchised store network for the fiscal 2015 first quarter, while same-store sales were virtually flat despite growth in script count.

Walmart holds open call for 'Made in the USA' products

Hundreds of prospective suppliers are descending upon Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., to pitch their U.S.-made products to some of the company's top executives.

Cardinal Health scholarships support future pharmacists

Nine pharmacy schools from across the country will collectively receive $2 million in funding through the Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program in 2014.

Walgreens, Rite Aid report June sales increases

Walgreen Co. and Rite Aid Corp. each recorded sales increases in June.

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