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Rite Aid steps up with aid for flood victims

Rite Aid Corp. is donating vital supplies to help the victims, families and communities affected by the recent flooding in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Drugstore.com launches salon/spa microsite

Adding to its roster of online stores, drugstore.com has launched DeluxeSalonSupply.com, a business-to-business microsite that provides products and supplies to salon and spa operators.

CVS Caremark CEO Ryan set to retire next year,
Merlo slated as his successor

Tom Ryan, chairman, president and chief executive officer of CVS Caremark Corp., plans to retire from the CEO post at next year's annual shareholder meeting in May.

Lewis Drug breaks ground on new S.D. store

Lewis Drug this week broke ground on what it said was its first new, full-size store in two decades in Sioux Falls, S.D., where the drug chain is based.

CVS expands ExtraCare for diabetes products

Continuing its push to improve health care outcomes for diabetes patients, CVS Caremark Corp. has extended its ExtraCare loyalty program to provide savings and rewards on the purchase of over-the-counter diabetes-related products plus wellness education benefits.

NCPA lauds bill excluding diabetes items from Medicare bids

The National Community Pharmacists Association has applauded lawmakers for legislation that aims to remove diabetes supplies provided by small pharmacies from the bidding program for Medicare Part B durable medical equipment.

MinuteClinic provides free A1c tests

MinuteClinic is offering complimentary A1c blood glucose tests on a walk-in basis at select locations inside CVS/pharmacy stores.

CVS Caremark taps firm for customer insight

CVS Caremark Corp. has entered a multiyear agreement with LMG Insight & Communication, a subsidiary of Groupe Aeroplan Inc., for shopper intelligence services.

Retail clinics offer cost-effective care for allergies, study says

Retail health clinics are an effective and affordable care option for allergy sufferers when they're unable to see their primary care doctor, according to a study by health benefit provider WellPoint Inc.

Walgreens stores in Florida host makeup makeovers

About 100 Walgreens stores in Florida recently hosted Maybelline makeup makeover events that introduced new eye and lip products to drug store customers.

Poll: Many headache sufferers overuse painkillers

Chronic headache sufferers often experience "rebound headaches" by overdoing it with nonprescription pain relievers, research by Consumer Reports finds.

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