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Regional drug chains find new ways to stay in game

Regional drug chains that fill the right niche can not only survive, but thrive.

Severe flu season puts retail pharmacies to the test

With the number of influenza cases reaching epidemic levels in many parts of the country, drug chains across the nation have been working to keep their stores supplied with flu vaccine to meet the surging demand for vaccinations.

CVS adjusts its merchandising team

Cheryl Mahoney has been named vice president of retail merchandising and promotion and business development at CVS/pharmacy.

Costco puts 'next generation' PBM in spotlight

Costco Wholesale Corp. is raising the profile of its in-house pharmacy benefits manager, Costco Health Solutions, with a new offering to businesses, including non-Costco members.

Two from industry’s halcyon days remembered

Two members of the chain drug industry passed away on the same day in January. Each was very different from the other, yet they were tied together by virtue of their intimate participation in the halcyon years of chain drug retailing.

Canada unveils plan to cut generics costs

A government plan to cut prices on commonly used generic drugs has pharmacy operators across Canada worried about the potential impact on their businesses.

Rexall debuts Be.better brand

Rexall has launched Be.better, a new flagship private brand with products focused on well-being and “green” living.

Deadline for insurance exchanges extended

States have been granted additional time to establish markets through which millions of Americans are expected to buy subsidized private health insurance.

Ex-defense secretary Gates to speak at NACDS meeting

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will deliver the keynote address at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Annual Meeting, which is to be held April 20 to April 23 in Palm Beach, Fla.

Walgreens extends reach beyond the drug store

Continuing to stretch the bounds of retail pharmacy, Walgreen Co. has opened one of the country’s most comprehensive work-site health centers.