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Walmart set to offer Part D plan with Humana

Walmart and Humana Inc. will offer the least expensive nationwide Medicare Part D prescription plan.

Walgreens taps senior VP, Rx development

Pharmaceutical industry veteran Jeffrey Berkowitz has joined Walgreen Co. as senior vice president of pharmaceutical development and market access. He reports to Kermit Crawford, president of Walgreens’ pharmacy services division.

Chain drug Rx customer satisfaction increases

Chain drug stores as a group have seen pharmacy customer satisfaction climb, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 National Pharmacy Study.

Melville named CHPA president

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) has chosen Scott Melville, senior vice president for government affairs at the Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA), to succeed Linda Suydam as president.

Jean Coutu goes green with new store design

The Jean Coutu Group has unveiled in Beloeil, Quebec, its first “green” store, built according to what the retailer says are environmental protection standards.

Use of Avandia restricted by FDA

The Food and Drug Administration and drug regulators in Europe have restricted the sale of Avandia, the controversial diabetes medicine marketed by Glaxo­Smith­Kline PLC (GSK) that has been linked to significant heart risks.

Rite Aid lends support to ADA diabetes campaign

Rite Aid Corp. is kicking off several initiatives to help the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA’s) national Stop Diabetes campaign.

Kerr begins free Rx delivery

Kerr Drug has debuted a free prescription delivery service to patients’ homes and offices.

Wysong becomes CEO at Care Pharmacies

Michael Wysong has been appointed chief executive officer of Care Pharmacies Inc., an independent pharmacy franchisor.

Drug sales through distributors rise in 09

Pharmaceutical sales through primary health care distributors climbed to nearly $263 billion in 2009, says a recent report from the Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA).