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Week of Mon, Jun 28th, 2010

Study: Pharmacist-led MTM improves outcomes, yields savings

A study supported by the National Association of Chain Drugs Stores and conducted at Kerr Drug found that pharmacist-provided medication therapy management (MTM) services and lower-cost therapy alternatives can improve patient outcomes and produce savings for public health care programs.

Walmart's top merchandising exec to make exit

Walmart executive vice president and chief merchandising officer John Fleming is leaving the company.

NACDS: Pharmacists 'uniquely qualified' as diabetes advisers

In comments submitted to Congress, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores spotlighted pharmacy's role in counseling diabetes patients about their medications and helping to preserve access to diabetes equipment and supplies for Medicare beneficiaries.

Bartell Drugs opens 58th store

Bartell Drugs has opened the doors for its 58th drug store location in the Midlakes area of Bellevue, Wash.

June same-store sales fall at Rite Aid

Rite Aid Corp. saw same-store sales decline for the third straight month in June.

Rite Aid unveils Simplify in private-brand remake

As part of a rebuilt private-label program, Rite Aid Corp. is introducing a new "price fighter" private brand called Simplify in its nearly 4,800 stores nationwide.

NACDS: PECOS date change could curtail pharmacy access

A date change proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for physician and nonphysician practitioner enrollment in the Medicare Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) could impact patient access to pharmacy services, according to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

CMS proposes Rx exemption from diabetes test supply bids

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed regulation to exempt community pharmacies from the upcoming bidding process for Medicare Part B diabetes testing supplies.

Retail pharmacy groups back Senate MTM bill

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and National Community Pharmacists Association are endorsing the Medication Therapy Management Expanded Benefits Act of 2010, saying that it builds on pharmacy-specific provisions in the recently passed health care reform law.

Walmart names new U.S. CEO

Walmart has reshuffled its top executive ranks, naming Bill Simon president and chief executive officer of Walmart U.S. and Eduardo Castro-Wright, who previously ran the discount store giant's U.S. business, president and CEO of global.com and global sourcing.

Jean Coutu enables Rx refills for iPhone users

Jean Coutu Group has launched what it said is the first application in Canada that allows the refilling of prescriptions from a smart handheld device without going through a mobile web site.

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