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Week of Mon, Jul 19th, 2010

Navarro VP recognized as 'up and coming' young exec

Navarro Discount Pharmacies executive Jose Alvarez has been named as a "40 under 40 Up and Coming" business professional by the South Florida Business Journal.

Giant ties pharmacy purchases to gas rewards program

Giant Food is now enabling customers making pharmacy purchases to accumulate points for its Gas Rewards program.

Cardinal helps pharmacies target long-term care market

Cardinal Health Inc. has partnered with the American Society of Consultant Pharmacies (ASCP) to offer Medicine Shoppe and independent pharmacies training, tools and guidance to help them enter the fast-growing market for long-term care.

Sales, profit up in 2Q at Shoppers Drug Mart

Shoppers Drug Mart said top-line growth helped fuel a solid earnings gain for its second quarter.

Rite Aid readies back-to-school campaign

Rite Aid Corp. has made its web site and recently launched loyalty card key elements of its back-to-school promotional push.

CVS Caremark's Merlo to kick off NEW summit

CVS Caremark Corp. president and chief operating officer Larry Merlo is slated to open the Network of Executive Women's Leadership Summit 2010 this fall in Charlotte, N.C.

Magnacca becomes president of Duane Reade

Joe Magnacca has been named president of metropolitan New York drug store chain Duane Reade.

Pharmacy conveys key concerns to new CMS chief

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has sent a letter to Donald Berwick, the newly appointed administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), to urge continued collaboration with community pharmacy on issues that improve the quality of the nation's health care while mitigating long-term costs.

Duane Reade opens new flagship store

Duane Reade has unveiled its largest drug store to date, in Manhattan's Union Square, and has made the location its flagship store.

Loblaw unveils smaller-format pharmacy

Loblaw Cos. has launched a smaller pharmacy format that it said provides more flexibility in deploying pharmacies inside its supermarkets.

NACDS to Congress: Health IT key to Rx adherence

Health information technology (HIT) solutions such as electronic prescribing and electronic medication records are vital to helping patients take their medications correctly, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores said in a statement submitted to Congress.

BioScrip inks specialty Rx pact with Access

BioScrip Inc. and Access Pharmaceuticals Inc. have entered a specialty distribution agreement for Access' lead product, MuGard.

Pharmaca hires merchandising VP

Food and drug retailing veteran David Janowicz has been appointed vice president of merchandising at Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy Inc.

FDA warns about stolen Advair Diskus inhalers

The Food and Drug Administration has issued an alert that certain Advair Diskus inhalers stolen from a distribution warehouse last year have been found in some pharmacies.

NACDS applauds new Louisiana MTM law

Legislation that enables pharmacists to administer medication therapy management (MTM) services to patients in Louisiana has drawn praise from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

Obama administration gets health reform under way

Health care reform is being viewed more favorably following the Obama administration’s rollout of multiple regulations laying the groundwork for the law’s implementation.

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