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Ontario pharmacies receive stay

Community pharmacies in Ontario construed somewhat positively the announcement on May 17 by Deb Matthews, the provincial Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, that she intended to postpone the introduction of new regulations governing pharmacy remuneration for about a month.

CACDS eyes possibility of major changes in sector

How will community pharmacy fare under the new plans for remuneration to be published in final form soon by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care? That theme dominated both formal and informal discussions among delegates to the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores held here last month.

CVS steps up consumer engagement

A successful pilot program has set the stage for CVS Caremark Corp.’s rollout of its Consumer Engagement Engine, which provides real-time clinical messaging to pharmacists.

Pharmacists top source for health information

Pharmacists are the most trusted source for medical research information, followed by patient groups and the federal government, according to a recent survey on a variety of health care issues.

Navarro to hone merchandising strategy

Navarro Discount Pharmacies has strengthened its pharmacy leadership team by appointing Jose Alvarez as vice president of merchandising and selecting Angel Colls as director of category management.

Lewis Drugs sets new store prototype

Lewis Drugs has begun construction of a new-concept store in Sioux Falls, S.D., to be located on the southwest corner of 69th Street and Louise Avenue.

Health care reform cost estimate rises

The cost of reforming the nation’s health care system may be more than originally expected, a recent estimate from the Congressional Budget Office finds.

Rite Aid unveils private-label baby care line

Rite Aid Corp. has added a new line of private brand products to its baby care offering.

Chain Drug Consortium launches Web portal

The Chain Drug Consortium has launched a Web portal that it says will provide members’ retail point-of-sale data to all participating program suppliers.

NACDS appoints VP of state affairs

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has named Sandra Kay Guckian vice president of state government affairs.