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Week of Mon, Aug 30th, 2010

Walgreens sees improvement in same-store sales

Same-store sales at Walgreen Co. edged up in August after coming in virtually flat the previous month.

Weis Markets plans flu shot clinics

Weis Markets this week began offering flu vaccinations at its pharmacies and later plans a round of flu shot clinics.

Rx claims victory as CMS proposes to redefine AMP

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed withdrawing provisions of the Medicaid average manufacturer price (AMP) rule, a move that retail pharmacy groups called a triumph in their long-running fight over reimbursement.

Walgreens, Omnicare exchange businesses

In a two-pronged transaction, Walgreen Co. plans to sell its long-term care business to Ominicare Inc. and in exchange acquire Omnicare's home infusion business.

August same-store sales dip at Rite Aid

Rite Aid Corp. turned in soft same-store sales for August as results dipped in the pharmacy and the front end.

NCPA site matches pharmacy sellers and buyers

The National Community Pharmacists Association has launched PharmacyMatching.com, a new web site aimed at connecting pharmacy sellers with buyers.

Walmart, Sam's Club kick off flu vaccine program

Walmart and its Sam's Club subsidiary have started offering flu shots in more than 4,100 discount stores and warehouse clubs nationwide.

Walgreens to buy ApothecaryRx pharmacies

Walgreen Co. has entered an agreement to acquire 18 ApothecaryRx pharmacies from Graymark Healthcare Inc.

Pharmacy leaders receive honors from NACDS

Retail pharmacy executives this week had awards presented in their honor to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation at the NACDS Pharmacy & Technology Conference.

Ralphs Pharmacies serves up flu shots

Ralphs Grocery Co. has started providing flu vaccinations through its in-store pharmacies.

Poll: Pharmacists say they're key to improving health

More than 90% of pharmacists believe they are key to improving patient health, according to a survey commissioned by the International Pharmaceutical Federation and Pfizer Inc.

NACDS launches RxImpact Votes; Kmart, H.E.B. honored

Building on its successful grassroots campaign, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores has kicked off a "get-out-the-vote" political mobilization drive and recognized the political engagement of Kmart and H.E. Butt Grocery Co.

Winn-Dixie to provide work-site vaccinations

As part of its flu immunization effort, Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. plans to offer flu shots to employers as well as individuals.

Lifechek upgrades technology to support retail expansion

To help grow its front-end business, Lifechek Drug Inc. plans to implement a business management and point-of-sale software platform from Activant Solutions Inc.

NACDS leadership: Retail pharmacy poised for even bigger role in health care

Already a core health care provider, retail pharmacy stands to play an even larger part in patient care as health care reform amplifies the call for more affordable, accessible services, National Association of Chain Drug Stores leaders said at the NACDS Pharmacy & Technology Conference here.

CMS seeks contractor for retail Rx pricing study

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) seeking a contractor to develop monthly national surveys of retail pharmacy prescription drug prices and ingredient costs.

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