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NACDS: Pharmacy and health care go hand in hand

Characterizing National Association of Chain Drug Stores members as a “band of reformers,” association president and chief executive officer Steve Anderson called on attendees at the NACDS Pharmacy and Technology Conference here to remain advocates for the role of pharmacy and pharmacists in the brewing national debate on health care reform.

Rite Aid's goal: Be the solution to health concerns

With responsibility for category management, merchandising, marketing and the supply chain, Ken Martindale is leading several of the most critical of Rite Aid Corp.’s initiatives to improve its operating performance.

Obama calls for resolve on health care reform

With Congress in recess, President Barack Obama has become the most visible proponent of a health care overhaul, bringing his push for reform around the country.

Shoppers like Naturally Kerr

Kerr Drug plans to open a third Naturally Kerr site later this fall, with executives saying the company’s initial two stores are performing better than expected.

CVS Caremark moves to boost medication compliance

There are many reasons people say they do not take their medications, but being busy or simply forgetting top the list, according to a new study from CVS Caremark Corp.

Standoff over Medicaid in Delaware takes new turn

A compromise over pharmacy reimbursement rate cuts allowing Walgreen Co. to continue filling Medicaid prescriptions in Delaware will not be final unless the National Association of Chain Drug Stores withdraws a lawsuit over the matter.

Wal-Mart grows Rx mail delivery

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has added a new wrinkle to its generic drug program, offering a 90-day supply of about 300 generic prescriptions for $10, with free delivery by mail.

Duane Reade completes refinancing plan

Duane Reade Holdings Inc. has refinanced nearly $350 million of debt through a notes offering and a private equity investment.

Walgreens expands in home health care

Walgreen Co. has entered into a joint venture with Vanderbilt Medical Center, a Nashville-based health care facility and a major patient referral center for the mid-South.

Barrett takes reins at Cardinal Health

Cardinal Health Inc. will retain its enormous scale after the spin-off of its medical technology business while sharpening its focus, according to incoming chairman and chief executive officer George Barrett.