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Martindale becomes Rite Aid president

Ken Martindale, who has been a proponent of change and innovation at Rite Aid Corp., has been named the company’s president.

Educational campaign on ACA gets under way

Seeking to educate Americans about the upcoming health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Obama administration has relaunched a website and opened a 24-hour call center.

In-store clinics will see surge in demand

Demand from newly insured patients under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will double the number of retail clinics in the next three years, management consulting firm Accenture has projected.

Rite Aid unveils wellness65+

Rite Aid has extended its wellness+ customer loyalty program with the launch of wellness65+.

IMS study: Prescription drugs 'often not used optimally'

Improper use of medications by patients and health care providers adds more than $200 billion a year to the nation’s health care tab, a study released last month by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics says.

CVS/pharmacy upgrades Gold Emblem brand

As it continues to revamp its Gold Emblem line of store brand food, CVS/pharmacy has launched Gold Emblem Select, an assortment of what the company is calling “items that celebrate the exceptional in everyday food, beverage and snack products.”

Nicholson promoted by NACDS

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has named Kevin Nicholson to the newly created position of vice president of public policy and regulatory affairs.

Kerr targets diabetes patients

Continuing to leverage the “Healthy Relationship” brand that Kerr Drug has been building on for several years, the retailer is focusing on the diabetes customer.

Walgreens reaches settlement with DEA

Walgreen Co. agreed last month to pay $80 million in fines to end a Drug Enforcement Administration probe into allegations that it allowed millions of doses of controlled substances, including the highly addictive painkiller oxycodone, to reach the black market.

Fruth introduces mobile Rx app

Fruth Pharmacy has begun offering a mobile application that executives say makes it easier for customers to manage their health and prescription needs.

High court weighs in on Rx

The Supreme Court jolted the pharmaceutical industry with its ruling last month that antitrust regulators should be able to challenge arrangements that allow rival drug makers to delay the sale of a generic drug.

Walgreens adds No7 Men line

As Walgreen Co. brings Alliance Boots’ No7 skin care line to more stores, it has rolled out No7 Men items to all Walgreens and Duane Reade outlets.

HealthSpot aims to take telehealth to next level

A walk-in ­kiosk is being billed as a step forward in telehealth.