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Pharmacy Chat added to Walgreens.com

Walgreens customers can now chat live online with pharmacists anytime through a new service dubbed Walgreens Pharmacy Chat.

Senate OKs extension of enhanced Medicaid funding

The Senate has passed a six-month extension of the increased federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP), which provides the enhanced funding for state Medicaid programs.

Walgreens goes live with new social responsibility site

Walgreen Co. has launched a redesigned social responsibility web site that it said will make it easier for socially-conscious consumers, investors and employees to find information about the company's commitment to community, diversity, supplier diversity, disability inclusion and the environment.

NACDS notes Senate progress on FMAP, drug disposal bill

The Senate has made headway on enhanced federal funding for state Medicaid programs and passed key legislation on safe disposal of unused drugs, according to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

2Q sales surge at drugstore.com

Drugstore.com saw total revenue jump in the 2010 second quarter, fueled by surging over-the-counter and beauty product sales.

Shoppers Drug Mart loyalty program turns 10

Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. is marking the 10th anniversary of its Shoppers Optimum loyalty program with special savings for customers and a series of promotions and events.

Surescripts service facilitates access to Rx histories

Surescripts has introduced a service designed to make it easier for users of Microsoft HealthVault to access an electronic record of their prescriptions.

Drugstore.com extends e-store alliance with Medco

Drugstore.com and Medco Health Solutions Inc. have extended their online store partnership through 2018.

Same-store sales flatten at Walgreens

Walgreen Co. turned in virtually flat same-store sales for July after seeing a slight rebound in the previous month.

Walgreens unveils flu shot gift cards

Walgreen Co. is introducing a gift that keeps on giving: a flu shot gift card.

NYSE notifies Rite Aid of share price noncompliance

Rite Aid Corp. said the New York Stock Exchange has informed the company that the price of its common stock has fallen out of compliance with the exchange's minimum share price listing rule.

NACDS highlights Pharmacy & Tech Conference agenda

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores 2010 Pharmacy & Technology Conference is less than a month away, with this year's event set to kick off Aug. 28 at the San Diego Convention Center.

In Minneapolis, Walgreens promotes 90-day prescriptions

Walgreen Co. is launching an initiative to promote a 90-day prescription program at its pharmacies in Minneapolis.

Rite Aid wellness+ members can chat online with pharmacists

Rite Aid Corp. is now enabling members of its wellness+ customer rewards program to chat online with a pharmacist.

Drugstore.com closes sale of pharmacy to BioScrip

Drugstore.com Inc. has finalized the sale of the assets of its DS Pharmacy Inc. subsidiary to BioScrip Pharmacy Services Inc., a subsidiary of BioScrip Inc., for about $10.5 million.

Duane Reade opens seventh in-store clinic

Duane Reade has opened its seventh health clinic at its new flagship drug store in Manhattan's Union Square.

A&P launches auto refills, prescription alerts

A&P has begun offering automatic prescription refills and electronic reminders to let customers know when their medications are ready for pickup.

CVS' MinuteClinic preps back-to-school services

As the start of the new school year nears, MinuteClinic is positioning itself as a one-stop shop for back-to-school health care services for children and college-bound students.

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