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With 7,000th store, CVS has ‘healthy pipeline’ of new pharmacies

CVS Caremark Corp. is at 7,000 and growing. The company, which has quintupled its store count in just over 12 years, still sees significant opportunity for expansion, CVS/pharmacy president Larry Merlo said at the opening of the chain’s 7,000th store here last month in this St. Paul suburb.

Walgreens builds on 'great foundation' with 7,000th store

Walgreen Co. made good on its long-standing promise to open its 7,000th store by 2010, unveiling the milestone unit in a ceremony here earlier this month.

NACDS raises voice in health care fight

The expected approval of the Senate Finance Committee’s health care bill may have brought reform closer to the end of the beginning than the beginning of the end.

Rx groups file suits on Medicaid

Groups representing community pharmacy have sued four states, saying that they are failing to provide Medicaid patients with access to the same care as everyone else.

Congress agrees to delay start of new DME regs

Though community pharmacy groups praised Congress’ decision last week to delay the accreditation deadline for pharmacies providing durable medical equipment (DME) under Medicare, they continue to seek an exemption for drug retailers.

Another tough holiday sales season foreseen

Chain drug retailers may well escape the worst of what is expected to be a poor holiday sales season.

Duane Reade ramps up brand efforts

Looking to solidify itself as New Yorkers’ drug chain of choice, Duane Reade Inc. has kicked off the second phase of a massive advertising campaign and launched an exclusive brand of food and beverages.

Riedl to retire from Walgreens

Drug store industry veteran George Riedl will leave Walgreen Co. at the end of the year. He currently serves as senior vice president of pharmacy innovation and purchasing for the retailer.

Thompson promoted by Rite Aid

Robert Thompson has been promoted to executive vice president of pharmacy at Rite Aid Corp.

Mac Naughton accepts Wal-Mart Canada post

Duncan Mac Naughton has been named chief marketing officer at Wal-Mart Canada. The 47-year-old retail veteran had been executive vice president of merchandising and marketing at Supervalu Inc.

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