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Rite Aid ready to help customers navigate ACA

A new Rite Aid Corp. program aims to help customers find their way through the changing health benefits landscape ushered in by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Wasson talks about change, continuity at Walgreens

Appearing at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Total Store Expo last month, Jim Collins, the noted business consultant and author of such books as "Good to Great," "Built to Last" and "How the Mighty Fall," talked about what is required to make a business into a preeminent company over the long term, a period of several decades or more. Picking up on themes explored in his latest book, "Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos and Luck — Why Some Thrive Despite All," cowritten by Morten Hansen, Collins emphasized the need for any business with such lofty aspirations to define its core values and enduring purpose; maintain a high level of passion and focus; execute consistently; set an overriding goal; and strike the right balance between continuity and change. By most of those measures, Walgreen Co., a leader in chain drug retailing for more than a century, appears to be on course to extend its record of excellence for the foreseeable future.

Kerr Drug being sold to Walgreens

Walgreen Co. is acquiring Kerr Drug, a pioneer of the patient-centered model of pharmacy.

Study: Thrifty White’s Med Sync drives Rx adherence

Patients enrolled in Thrifty White Pharmacy’s Medication Synchronization (Med Sync) program spend more days on their drug therapy than other patients do, a new analysis shows. That in turn improves their health outcomes and reduces overall health care costs.

CVS unveils ACA outreach program

As she tours the nation to help people grasp new health insurance benefits from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is highlighting the role played by pharmacies.

Health reform at center of budget showdown

Battle lines were drawn as the October 1 opening of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges approached.

Patients hold pharmacy team in high regard

Community pharmacies can congratulate themselves on sustaining a high level of customer satisfaction with pharmacists and pharmacy staff, according to the Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmacy Satisfaction Pulse Survey.

CVS lets shoppers double ExtraBucks

CVS/pharmacy has brought back its program that allows shoppers to double their quarterly ExtraBucks rewards.

Drug chains can expect more pressure from Walmart

Walmart is seeing strong results from its smaller formats and is accelerating its rollout of Neighborhood Markets. It is the Walmart Express, however, that is emerging as a formidable rival to both drug stores and dollar stores.

Kroger COO to become CEO

W. Rodney McMullen will succeed David Dillon as chief executive officer of Kroger Co., one of North America’s biggest pharmacy operators, on January 1.

Flu shot program launches at Bartell

This flu season, Bartell Drugs is giving the communities it serves a variety of options to get immunized.

Walgreens adjusts health plan

Against the backdrop of the shifting health insurance landscape, Walgreen Co. is covering employees through a private exchange.

New method of tracking adherence eyed

A new approach to classifying patients by their long-term medication adherence behavior may increase the accuracy of compliance studies.

SDM launches innovative arthritis screening effort

Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM) president and chief executive officer Domenic Pilla and Canadian health minister Rona Ambrose kicked off the drug chain’s arthritis screening program earlier this month with an event at a store here.

Social media milestone reached by Duane Reade

Duane Reade has become the most followed mass market retailer on the social media network Twitter, topping the 1 million-follower mark earlier this month.

NACDS names public policy exec

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has bolstered its government affairs and public policy department, hiring Christopher Smith as director of federal public policy.