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NACDS calls for member engagement

Shaping public policy is vital to improving patient outcomes, Bob Narveson said in his first remarks as chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Speaking at the NACDS Annual Meeting, the president and chief executive officer of Thrifty White Pharmacy urged association members to participate actively in realizing community pharmacy’s potential.

CVS Caremark intends to be part of health care solution

Three years before the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, CVS Caremark Corp. began to position itself to respond to the changes that are currently transforming the health care system. The merger that brought together the nation’s second-largest drug chain and No. 3 pharmacy benefits manager (which has since become No. 2) promised to extend the continuum of care and, in so doing, improve patient access, enhance outcomes and lower the cost of health care. After some early missteps, CVS Caremark has hit its stride and is making that vision a reality.

Rite Aid's wellness format covers Buffalo market

Rite Aid Corp.’s “wellness store” concept has reached a milestone. The drug chain said it has converted almost 100 stores in the greater Buffalo, N.Y., area to the wellness format, making that market the first to have the concept for most of its stores.

Pharmasave names Churcott CEO

After almost a year without a chief executive officer, Pharmasave Drugs has named former grocery executive Carmen Churcott as its CEO.

Majority of consumers find pharmacy experience satisfying

Beginning last August on roughly a monthly basis, Chain Drug Review explored in some detail the findings of an annual survey on pharmacy customer satisfaction conducted for Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. The results of the latest poll, conducted in October and November 2012, have now been released in the latest Pharmacy Pulse Satisfaction Survey and will be examined in this and future issues.

Internet sales tax bill gains

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has hailed the Senate for passing legislation establishing Internet sales taxes.

NACDS gives backing to Rx adherence alliance

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has joined forces with advocates for patients, providers and health plans in an alliance designed to highlight the role pharmacy can play in improving wellness and curbing health care costs.

Navarro opens new store in Miami

Navarro Discount Pharmacy has opened its 33rd store.

CVS renews pacts with Cardinal, McKesson

Two of the industry’s largest drug wholesalers said last month that CVS Caremark Corp. will continue to be their customer.

Obama: ACA implementation will cause little disruption

The vast majority of the country will be unaffected by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act next year, president Barack Obama says.