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Week of Mon, Nov 30th, 2009

NACDS Foundation dinner raises over $1.8 million

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation raised more than $1.8 Million for scholarships, charities and public health efforts at its 11th Annual Foundation Dinner this week in New York City.

Same-store sales dip in November at Rite Aid

Rite Aid Corp. posted its sixth consecutive month of same-store sales declines in November.

Rite Aid, Maryland health network open in-store clinics

Rite Aid Corp. has opened three Atlantic ImmediCare retail health clinics inside stores in Maryland and Delaware.

Walgreens sees letup in same-store sales

Same-store sales growth slowed in November at Walgreen Co. as a revival in front-end business during the previous two months lost steam.

Rx groups: New NDC policy may disrupt Part D coverage

Pharmacy and drug retail and wholesale groups say a new National Drug Code (NDC) policy being enacted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) may block Medicare Part D benefits for many common prescription drugs that had been covered for years.

Drugstore.com rings up record orders on 'Cyber Monday'

Drugstore.com tallied the highest number of customer orders in its history on the Monday after the Thanksgiving weekend, better known as "Cyber Monday" for its heavy online shopping activity.

Duane Reade to roll out Blockbuster DVD kiosks

Duane Reade Inc. is working with NCR Corp. to deploy Blockbuster Express DVD rental kiosks in most of the metropolitan New York drug chain's stores.

MinuteClinic, Humana partner on health, wellness services

MinuteClinic, the retail clinic arm of CVS Caremark Corp., and health benefits provider Humana Inc. plan to collaborate on activities to broaden Humana members' access to convenient health care services.

Walgreens makes more executive moves

Walgreen Co. has promoted two legal executives and hired another executive for its pharmacy systems team.

Roundtable: Drug retailers look to energize front end

With consumers keeping a tight rein on their spending dollars, category managers are being compelled to change the way they operate, drug retail executives said in a recent Chain Drug Review roundtable in New York City.

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