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Kerr Drug stretches horizons for Rx

Kerr Drug this month took another step to advance pharmacy. The chain opened a store here with a room for pharmacogenomics, the study of how a patient’s genes affect medication efficacy.

Senate leaders unveil health care reform bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) introduced a health care reform bill in that chamber earlier this month, setting the stage for a debate there and the eventual merging of the Senate measure with the bill passed in the House on November 7.

Drug chains step up marketing efforts

Drug chains across the country and in Canada are stepping up their promotional efforts this holiday season, offering everything from sophisticated catalogs and in-store flyers to money-saving programs.

More expansive role for pharmacy eyed in Canada

“In transition,” “crisis,” “opportunity,” “danger,” “a new paradigm”: Those were the words and phrases that were liberally sprinkled through the remarks of 10 speakers who, in an intense six-hour session, addressed the delegates to the 2009 Innovation In Pharmacy conference here earlier this month.

SDM will target pro-Rx provinces for growth

Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM) will seek to expand in British Columbia and other provinces that compensate pharmacies for stepping up their role in the health care system.

Drug import proposal under fire

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has expressed concerns with a proposed amendment to health care legislation because the provision would authorize the importation of prescription drugs.

Report sees bright long-term future for in-store clinics

The number of retail health clinics in chain drug stores and other venues grew about 15% in the last two years, according to a report by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.

Use of FSAs is facilitated by drugstore.com

Acknowledging the nearly 35 million Americans who have flexible spending accounts (FSAs) to cover their health care expenses, and who run the risk of losing their unused balances if they do not spend the funds by the end of the year, drugstore.com is highlighting a one-stop shopping web site that makes it easier for customers to maximize these accounts.

Generation Health is teaming up with CVS

CVS Caremark Corp. will be able to provide its pharmacy benefits management clients additional genetic services beginning in 2010 under a deal with Generation Health Inc.

Chain drug industry ready to fight H1N1

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores earlier this month told House subcommittees assessing the nation’s plans for distributing the H1N1 flu vaccine that the country’s drug stores can play a crucial role in ensuring that a maximum number of patients receive immunizations.

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