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Walgreens progresses on journey to innovate, reinvent itself

Walgreen Co. has made major progress in a transformation for long-term sustainable growth and value creation, president and chief executive officer Greg Wasson said at the company’s annual shareholders meeting.

Walgreens stores will be ‘magnets’ for the newly insured

Walgreens has handled the needs of newly insured patients under the Affordable Care Act without problem, said Kermit Crawford, the company’s president of pharmacy, health and wellness.

McKesson bid for Celesio fails

McKesson Corp. said it has failed in its bid to acquire the German drug wholesaler Celesio.

Chain drug industry turns in solid sales in 2013

While aggressive discounting to lure holiday shoppers intensified retail competition in December, the chain drug industry emerged in reasonably good shape.

Pharmacies help patients make transition to ACA

Community pharmacy chains across the country have been offering patients who recently secured insurance under the Affordable Care Act advice and payment breaks on prescriptions.

As ACA kicks in, providers see small uptick in demand

The initial flow of health insurance claims under the Affordable Care Act was underwhelming.

CVS launches online vitamin center

CVS/pharmacy has launched an online health hub called Family Vitamin Center.

Sobey decides to step down as Lawtons CEO

Lawtons Drugs president and chief executive officer Rob Sobey is retiring.

Ratings add incentive to improve outcomes

The time period from 2004 to 2006 was not that long ago. It will be remembered in future years as the beginning of something that changed the game for how health care is practiced in the United States.

More opportunity in diabetes care

Diabetes continues to be a huge health care problem for the United States, and pharmacists have been on the front line in the effort to reduce its scale. Still, there's more opportunity for drug chains to provide more diabetes care, according to data from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals' Pharmacy Satisfaction Pulse Survey.

Navarro recognized for medication adherence efforts

Navarro Discount Pharmacy was named a winner of the 2013 UnitedHealthcare Medication Adherence Targeted Intervention Program Challenge benefiting the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation.

Kinney honors top pharmacist

Kinney Drugs has named Tracey Rossi as the chain’s Favorite Pharmacist of the Year for 2013.

Family Dollar promotes Reiser as Bloom exits

Former chain drug executive Mike Bloom has stepped down from his most recent post as president and chief operating officer of Family Dollar Stores Inc.

Target still dealing with data theft

The theft of credit card and other data from Target Corp. shoppers during the holiday season was more far reaching than previously believed, affecting up to 70 million additional consumers.

Fred’s will revamp marketing, merchandising

Fred’s Inc. has named chief financial officer Jerry Shore to the additional position of chief operating officer and is recasting its merchandising and marketing strategy and team under the leadership of chief executive officer Bruce Efird.