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Week of Mon, Aug 24th, 2009

Walgreens, CVS among top retail web sites

Walgreen Co. and CVS Caremark Corp. were among the top 25 most-trafficked retail web sites last month and, as in the brick-and-mortar arena, the chains are battling it out for online customers, according to online marketing firm Compete.

Bartell kicks off consumer, business flu shot programs

Bartell Drugs this week launched a seasonal flu vaccination program for all of its stores as well as an employer program for area businesses.

Texas law relaxes doctor requirements for retail clinics

A new Texas law that goes into effect next week stands to make it easier for doctors who oversee retail health clinics.

Rite Aid founder Alex Grass dies

Alex Grass, who founded Rite Aid Corp. nearly 50 years ago, died late Thursday night at age 82 after a lengthy battle with lung cancer, according to published reports.

CVS Caremark: Adherence to cholesterol Rx is low

More than half of patients under age 45 who are prescribed medication for high cholesterol are not taking it as directed, according to a study by CVS Caremark Corp.

Walgreens inks prescription drug deal with Caterpillar

Walgreen Co. has unveiled a pact with Caterpillar Inc. that creates a direct relationship for the purchase of prescription drugs and uses a transparent pricing model.

NACDS, Delaware reach accord on Medicaid Rx reimbursement

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has dropped a lawsuit against Delaware after the state's Department of Health and Social Services agreed to restore much of the funding that would have been lost due to rate cuts in Medicaid pharmacy reimbursements.

Discount Drug Mart adopts Kodak photo system

Discount Drug Mart plans to deploy Kodak Picture Kiosk G4 Digital Stations and Adaptive Picture Exchange (APEX) thermal dry lab systems in all of its stores.

FMI, GMDC bring together pharmacy, rest of store

The Global Market Development Center (GMDC) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) are breaking new ground with a colocated show that promises to create a new, different and productive venue — and provide a boost to both the GMDC Health Beauty Wellness (HBW) and FMI Supermarket Pharmacy conferences.

Study: Health plan costs on the rise

Health plans may face double-digit hikes in health care claim costs over the next 12 months, which could end up increasing the burden for employers and employees, according to a survey by Aon Consulting.

Supervalu's Mac Naughton joins NACDS board

Supervalu Inc. executive Duncan Mac Naughton has been elected to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores board of directors.

Kroger pharmacies to offer flu vaccines

Next month Kroger Co. plans to start offering seasonal flu shots through its nearly 2,000 in-store pharmacies.

CVS eyes pharmacy hires for new customer care center

CVS Caremark Corp. is looking to hire 100 full-time pharmacy technicians for its new Pharmacy Customer Care Center being built in Cumberland, R.I.

P&G sells Rx business to Warner Chilcott for $3.1B

Procter & Gamble Co. plans to sell its global pharmaceuticals business to specialty drug maker Warner Chilcott PLC in a $3.1 billion cash deal.

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