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Health care reform is a reality

When President Obama signed the bill to overhaul the nation’s health system late last month, it set in motion changes that will impact retail pharmacy operators and other health care providers at every level.

NACDS backs pro-pharmacy elements of health reform

The health care reform package signed into law by President Obama includes three pharmacy provisions advocated by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

Health care providers react cautiously to new law

Industry response to the passage of health care reform legislation by the House of Representatives varied widely from qualified approval to blanket denunciation.

NACDS RxImpact Day raises industry’s profile

At the recent RxImpact day, Megan Marchal, pharmacy manager at a Walgreen Co. store in Canal Winchester, Ohio, opened her talks with Jessica McNiece, a legislative assistant to Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio), by informing her of the need for legislation that would maintain Medicare Part D beneficiaries’ access to critical vaccines.

Walgreens expands in Memphis, hones approach to CCR

Walgreen Co. has boosted its share in the Memphis, Tenn., market by acquiring prescription files and other assets of 17 drug stores from USA Drug. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Walgreens turns up heat in Washington

Walgreen Co. is set to stop accepting new Medicaid patients in its Washington state pharmacies as of April 16.

NACDS appoints VP

Dawn Worthington has been hired as vice president of human resources at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

Health screenings promoted by Kinney

Kinney Drugs has teamed up with cancer services programs in three upstate New York counties to provide information on how uninsured patients can get free cancer screenings.

Leon-Rivero named VP of marketing at Navarro

Navarro Discount Pharmacies has promoted director of human resources Cristy Leon-Rivero to vice president of marketing.