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New distribution center site eyed by Rite Aid

Rite Aid Corp. is reportedly seeking a site in greater Charlotte, N.C., for a new distribution center.

Drugstore.com to develop online outlet for vision chain

Drugstore.com has entered a multiyear partnership with optical store chain operator Luxottica Group SpA to expand online access to contact lenses in North America.

Rite Aid expands rollout of H1N1 vaccines

Rite Aid Corp. has made H1N1 vaccine available in most of the states where it has stores and is working to provide it across its operating area, possibly by the month's end or sooner.

Wasson: Walgreens executing on core strategies

Greg Wasson, president and chief executive officer of Walgreen Co., said the drug chain is making steady progress in implementing the company's plans to better leverage its vast store network, improve the shopping experience and bolster productivity.

Senate edges closer to final OK for health reform bill

Senate Democrats united in a key procedural vote to push the chamber's health care reform package a step closer to their goal of getting a final bill approved by Christmas.

Walgreens 1Q gets boost from flu shot business

Walgreen Co. topped Wall Street's profit forecast and saw sales climb 9.5% in its fiscal 2010 first quarter, fueled by a surge in its flu vaccination business.

CVS Caremark names new PBM president

Per Lofberg, president and chief executive officer of Generation Health Inc., has been appointed president of CVS Caremark Corp.'s pharmacy benefit management business.

Duane Reade serves up H1N1 immunizations

Duane Reade has begun providing H1N1 vaccinations via flu shot clinics at several locations in New York City.

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