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Duane Reade keeps raising bar

In grand style, Duane Reade opened here what many industry observers are calling the most spectacular drug store ever.

Analysis: Store alters parent company’s approach

The 22,000-square-foot Duane Reade drug store that opened its doors at 40 Wall Street for the first time in the days immediately following the Independence Day holiday has already received more news coverage and wider, more favorable exposure than any drug store that has yet opened its doors in America.

Walgreens takes stand against PBM

At the end of this year, Walgreen Co. plans to stop filling prescriptions for people covered by Express Scripts Inc. after failing to agree on new contract terms with the pharmacy benefits manager.

Rite Aid goes outside the box with new format

Inside Rite Aid Corp.’s latest drug store prototype are some outside-the-box ideas.

Navarro names Ortiz chief executive

Juan Ortiz has been named chief executive officer of Navarro Discount Pharmacy. He had been chief financial officer.

CVS campaign promotes Rx care

CVS Caremark Corp. has created CARE 1on1 to remind consumers about the importance of pharmacist consultations and the critical role that pharmacists play in managing medications for chronic illnesses — especially when patients are starting a new medicine.

NACDS Marketplace a hit for buyers, sellers

Nearly 700 buyers and category managers from about 200 retail chains scoured the aisles of the Boston Convention Center to check out the latest items on display at the annual National Association of Chain Drug Stores Marketplace Conference.

Jean Coutu moves ahead despite challenges

The Jean Coutu Group had a year of healthy growth and improved profits, president and chief executive officer Francois Coutu said at the company’s annual meeting here earlier this month.

Rite Aid shifts three executives

Brian Fiala has been named executive vice president of human resources at Rite Aid Corp., one of several executive and senior management changes announced by the drug chain.

ExtraCare is enhanced by CVS

CVS/pharmacy has redesigned its ExtraBucks receipts and launched an interactive digital campaign that urges cardholders to take advantage of the rewards they have earned under the ExtraCare loyalty program.