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On third try, McKesson finally pulls off Celesio deal

Bouncing back after the rejection of its previous offer, McKesson Corp. has secured the acquisition of the Stuttgart, Germany-based pharmaceutical distribution firm Celesio Group.

NACDS keeps tabs on ACA launch

The ranks of the nation’s uninsured declined in January as expanded health insurance coverage was demonstrated under the Affordable Care Act.

NYC Walgreens store is reborn as flagship

Walgreen Co. has debuted its latest flagship store in New York City, bringing the format’s Up Market, enhanced beauty offerings and expanded pharmacy to Union Square.

Tough tests await regional chains

From the challenges posed in competing against their much larger counterparts (including those in the discount and supermarket trade channels) to trying to help pharmacy teams and their customers gain a better understanding of the Affordable Care Act and the related complexities of the nation’s evolving health care system to addressing the demands of a customer who is looking for a bargain without sacrificing quality, regional drug chains have their work cut out for them.

CMS is urged to use Rx measures

Consumers using state and federal health insurance exchanges should be able to evaluate plans’ success in medication management, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores said last month in a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Congress to look into data breach at Target

The chief financial officer of Target Corp., John Mulligan, has been summoned to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week about the massive data breach experienced by the retailer during the holidays.

Project gauges rapid diagnostic tests in pharmacies

Nearly 80 pharmacies in the Midwest have teamed up with the University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy and Michigan’s Ferris State College of Pharmacy to perform rapid diagnostic tests for strep throat and influenza for patients via research grants from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation.

NACDS ready to take Total Store Expo to the next level

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is not resting on its laurels when it comes to the 2014 Total Store Expo.

CVS/pharmacy’s Project Health helps improve access

CVS/pharmacy has launched its annual Project Health wellness campaign, an initiative that will deliver more than $15 million worth of free health services to multicultural communities across the United States in 2014.

New president set for Smith’s Food and Drug

Jay Cummins has been named president of the Smith’s Food and Drug Stores division at Kroger Co., and Joe Fey has been appointed president of the mid-Atlantic division.

SureScripts CEO to step down

Surescripts LLC president and chief executive officer Harry Totonis will leave the company next month.

Diplomat buys provider of home hemophilia care

Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy has acquired American Homecare Federation Inc. (AHF), a provider of hemophilia pharmacy services serving the home care needs of the bleeding disorders community.