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‘Health, daily living’ focal point of Walgreens stores

Walgreen Co. is ideally positioned for “the retailization of health care,” president and chief executive officer Greg Wasson said at the company’s Analyst Day conference.

Final AMP rule marks big victory for Rx

Community pharmacy groups won a major victory earlier this month in their continuing battle to stem reductions in pharmacy reimbursement.

Medicaid fight flares up in Washington

A move by Washington state officials that could result in the loss of prescription drug benefits for about 500,000 adults whose prescriptions are covered by Medicaid has been described as a “perilous situation” by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

BioScrip names Smith chief executive

Richard Smith has been promoted from president and chief operating officer to chief executive officer at BioScrip Inc.

Same-store growth proves difficult

Same-store sales growth has been hard to come by for the nation’s largest pharmacy chains of late, but business prospects for mass retailing overall look a bit brighter heading into the holidays.

Navarro bolsters executive team

Navarro Discount Pharmacy has strengthened its management team with the hiring of three new executives.

Online Care service goes live at Rite Aid

Rite Aid Corp. has launched Rite Aid Online Care, a new service that enables patients with chronic conditions to engage in live, interactive consultations with specially trained Rite Aid pharmacists via the Internet.

Pharmaca forms integrative health advisory board

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy has established an Integrative Health Advisory Board.

Duane Reade clinics receive boost

Walk-in health clinics at Duane Reade can now accept Medicare payments for routine health services provided to senior citizens.

NACDS asks FDA to raise standards for drug info

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has called on the Food and Drug Administration to improve the usefulness of medication information that patients get with prescription drugs.