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NACDS, NCPA challenge Express Scripts-Medco deal

Citing a potential anticompetitive impact on patients, consumers, the market “and the entire health care delivery system,” the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) have written to the Federal Trade Commission to formally express their opposition to the proposed merger of pharmacy benefit managers Express Scripts Inc. and Medco Health Solutions Inc.

Court nixes Affordable Care Act provision

A federal appeals panel has struck down the core component of President Obama’s health care overhaul, shifting the question of whether Americans can be required to buy health insurance a step closer to the Supreme Court.

Lo named to oversee Rx at SDM

Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. (SDM) has appointed Dr. Dorian Lo as executive vice president of pharmacy and health care, and in that position he will lead the company’s pharmacy department and health solutions team.

New private label line rolled out by Walgreens

Walgreens has unveiled a new value-oriented store brand chainwide.

Pact on user fees for generics near

The generic drug industry and the Food and Drug Administration have reached tentative agreement to establish a user fee program in which companies would pay as much as $299 million initially to hasten drug approvals and increase the frequency of FDA inspections of foreign drug plants.

Keelor becomes chief merchant at Katz

Retail veteran Ken Keelor has been named chief merchandising officer at Katz Group.

The designers who helped Duane Reade create a hit

Before there is a dazzling store, there has to be a magnificent space. Duane Reade had such a space at 40 Wall Street, and it shows in the chain's bold new drug store there.

The fantastic architectural detail at the lower Manhattan skyscraper — including archways, tall windows and David Rockefeller's office fireplace — led to a drug store like no other, says Joe Bona, president of the retail division of New York-based CBX, which designed the 22,000-square-foot unit.

Rx groups send Supreme Court brief in Medicaid case

Pharmacy groups have joined a pending case before the U.S. Supreme Court to determine if cuts to the reimbursement rates paid under Medicaid violate federal law.

Industry mourns ECRMís Bowlus

Charlie Bowlus is being remembered by chain drug and manufacturing executives as much for his disarming warmth and sincerity as for breaking new ground in retailer-supplier relations.

Two top retailers weigh in on tax code

As stocks gyrated and the economy sputtered, the leaders of CVS Caremark Corp. and Walmart called for Congress to restructure the corporate tax code.

Drug chainsí flu shot programs have an impact

Through national programs, local public-private initiatives and individual efforts of chain drug stores, retail pharmacists are gaining increased recognition as providers of influenza ­vaccinations.

Rite Aid taps Henderson to head communications

Public relations and communications veteran Susan Henderson has joined Rite Aid Corp. as senior vice president and chief communications officer. She replaces Karen Rugen, who retired last month.