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Rite Aid unveils Health Alliance integrated care program

Rite Aid Corp. has launched an innovative, first-of-its-kind health management initiative that links its stores to local doctors with the aim of providing comprehensive care to individuals with chronic health conditions.

CMS reverses course on some Part D changes

A buildup of bipartisan opposition on Capitol Hill, along with negative reactions from patient groups, businesses, insurers and others, convinced the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) not to proceed “at this time” with several controversial changes to the Medicare Part D prescription drug program.

NACDS makes splash in nationís capital

More than 400 pharmacists, industry executives, students and other pharmacy advocates from 40 states attended the sixth annual NACDS RxImpact Day on Capitol Hill.

Itís all about personalization at CVS

CVS Caremark Corp. is helping drive the shift from mass to personalized retailing, senior vice president of merchandising and retail pricing Judy Sansone said at the IRI Summit here last month.

Walgreens to shutter 76 stores

In an effort to optimize its store base and cut costs, Walgreen Co. plans to close 76 unprofitable outlets between now and August.

Loblaw wraps up acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart

Loblaw Cos. has closed its acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart, finalizing the deal a week after Canada’s Competition Bureau approved the transaction.

State court deals blow to Rx in Medi-Cal battle

Managed care health plans serving low-income patients in California don’t have to consider pharmacies’ costs for obtaining prescription drugs when establishing Medi-Cal reimbursement rates, according to a state appeals court ruling issued last month.

Pharmacy chains pressured to drop tobacco

The attorneys general of 28 states and territories are urging the chief executive officers of Walgreen Co., Rite Aid, Corp., Walmart, Kroger Co. and Safeway Inc. to remove tobacco products from their stores.

Push to secure provider status for pharmacists advances

Congress is considering legislation that would give pharmacists expanded recognition as health care providers.

Opposition to generics labeling proposal mounts

Walmart and Rite Aid Corp. are among the organizations to side with the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) in its opposition to the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed rule on prescription generic drug ­labeling that would require manufacturers to change the prescribing information on their products if they receive new safety information, a change which they say would open them to product liability ­lawsuits.

Rite Aid taps Castle to head HR

Dedra Castle, an experienced human resources executive in the retail arena, has joined Rite Aid Corp. as executive vice president and chief human resources officer.

ACA enrollment exceeds the 6 million mark

Although the health care exchange enrollment deadline was March 31, the Obama administration, citing a last-minute surge in demand, built in some leeway for those consumers who were actively engaged in the process of signing up for health insurance.

Technology to enable integrated, coordinated health care

Patient-centered technology has captured the attention of retail pharmacies and their vendor partners as both strive to address current concerns regarding such issues as patient compliance, the safe use of pharmaceutical products and medication therapy management.