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CMS lays groundwork for pharmacy pricing study

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) seeking a contractor to develop monthly national surveys of retail pharmacy prescription drug prices and ingredient costs.

Walgreens steps up to the plate with more food

Walgreens used a gala event at one of its drug stores on the city’s South Side earlier this month to showcase its newest concept — an expanded food selection in areas that lack access to the basic food necessary to maintain a healthy diet.

Hagan praises retail Rx during visit to Kerr unit

Pharmacists who play a central role in managing a person’s health can improve patient care and drive down costs, a U.S. senator said during a recent visit to a Kerr Drug store here.

Duane Reade CEO joining U.S. Foodservice

John Lederer, who oversaw the reinvention of Duane Reade that set the stage for its purchase by Walgreen Co., is moving to U.S. Foodservice as president and chief executive officer.

States get help with Medicaid costs

President Obama has signed into law a bill providing $26 billion to struggling states — including additional Medicaid funding — by closing tax loopholes for multinational companies and cutting food aid to the poor.

Rite Aid moves to refinance part of its debt

Rite Aid Corp. has issued $650 million in notes as part of a plan to refinance its debt and credit.

Kerr to use clinical web application for MTM

Kerr Drug has signed a licensing agreement for MirixaEdge, Mirixa Corp.’s clinical application that supports the delivery of pharmacist-based patient care services, including medication therapy management (MTM).

Good Neighbor Pharmacy president named

Mike Cantrell has been named president of AmerisourceBergen Corp.’s Good Neighbor Pharmacy network.

Health care reform met with resistance in many states

While health care reform got the votes it needed in Washington, it still faces resistance in many states.

CVS/pharmacy enters Omaha

CVS Caremark Corp. entered the Omaha market with the recent grand opening at one of its two new drug stores in the Nebraska city.