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Walgreens tries out new ideas

A new store concept from Walgreen Co. brings the future of pharmacy into the present.

Indianapolis to become retail lab for Walgreens

Walgreens plans a major store pilot in Indianapolis as it experiments with various concepts in transitioning its drug stores into “health and daily living” stores.

Giancamilli to step down as Katz CEO

Andy Giancamilli, who for the past eight years has kept Katz Group Canada Ltd. in the forefront of efforts to secure a bigger role in health care for community pharmacy, will retire as the company’s chief executive officer on February 2.

FTC will take close look at big PBM merger

The Federal Trade Commission’s request for more information on the planned merger of Express Scripts Inc. and Medco Health Solutions Inc. has opponents hoping the deal will be scuttled.

‘Super committee’ gets overture from NACDS

Community pharmacy advocates say that the “super committee” on deficit reduction should collaborate with community pharmacy on reducing health care costs while maintaining patient access to prescription drugs and pharmacy services.

Rite Aid, OptumHealth team up for online care

Rite Aid Corp. has joined forces with the health care information provider OptumHealth to give customers in greater Detroit what the drug chain says is “the latest in quality, convenient online health care.”

Lewis does a lot more than fill prescriptions

Regional chains such as Lewis Drugs are making important contributions to the transformation of retail pharmacies into true community health care centers.

Navarro names Mier, Leon to fill key posts

Navarro Discount Pharmacy has expanded its management team, bringing in Luis Mier as chief financial officer and promoting Manuel Leon to vice president of wholesale and over-the-counter programs.

Drug chain same-store sales up, but consumers still wary

Drug chains posted strong results last month, although anemic sales in other retail channels suggest consumers remain reluctant to spend any more than necessary.

Health reform act wins round in court

A federal appeals court here has dismissed two cases challenging the 2010 health care reform law, ruling the plaintiffs did not have grounds to sue.

Homeopathic items belong in pharmacy mix

In recent years homeopathic products have entered many drug store categories, including cold and allergy, baby care, pain relief, feminine care, and ear care.

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