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Health insurance exchanges continue to falter

Problems have continued to plague the rollout of the health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

ACA emerges intact from federal budget battle

The Affordable Care Act emerged relatively unscathed from the bruising budget battle as Republicans in the House of Representatives buckled and a compromise proposal approved in both the Senate and House was signed by President Obama.

CVS starts customizing circulars for shoppers

CVS/pharmacy has brought the weekly ad circular into the digital age.

Walgreens hones daily living team

Shortly after the arrival of Alex Gourlay to assume his duties as president of Walgreen Co.’s daily living business at the start of the month, he announced adjustments to marketing and merchandising duties designed to simplify and coordinate the retailer’s strategic direction going forward.

California legislation a victory for Rx

California lawmakers have agreed that pharmacists should be considered health care providers, passing legislation earlier this month that authorizes pharmacists to provide additional ­services.

Walmart to deploy more small-format stores

Walmart plans to open more small stores than Supercenters in the coming year, company officials told analysts this month.

Kelly becomes chief merchant at Rexall

Rexall Pharma Plus has added two seasoned executives to its management team.

Ritzman buys five Mast Pharmacy stores

Ritzman Pharmacies Inc. has purchased five-store Mast ­Pharmacy.

Jean Coutu sets stock buyback, dividend

The Jean Coutu Group has announced a share repurchase plan and a special onetime dividend to return as much as $502 million (Canadian) in cash to ­shareholders.

Duane Reade taps Facebook

Duane Reade is conducting a Halloween-themed social media marketing campaign to promote its store brand hosiery products.

Rebranding of Diplomat reflects its broader scope

Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy has rolled out a new brand identity that executives say helps take the company in a new direction.

New study takes look back at last year’s flu season

The 2012-2013 flu season was the most severe in a decade, according to a new study from Walgreen Co.

Rexall aims to help prevent the flu

Rexall Pharma Plus is once again making it convenient for Canadians to receive flu shots, offering vaccinations at all of its stores.

Walgreens offers financial services

Walgreen Co. is introducing a suite of financial services called Balance Financial that are integrated with its Balance Rewards customer loyalty card.