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Week of Mon, Sep 27th, 2010

Senate passes drug disposal legislation

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and National Community Pharmacists Association hailed the Senate's passage of the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act.

Jean Coutu to provide child ID photo booklets

Jean Coutu Group has teamed up with the Missing Children's Network and local law enforcement, government agencies and community groups to host Child Identification Day in more than 180 of its drug stores.

Walgreens spotlights Hispanic-owned suppliers

Walgreen Co. is highlighting Hispanic-owned vendors this month as part of its Community Corner program.

Harris Teeter enhances savings on generics, health services

Harris Teeter has updated its discount generic drug program and launched a savings card for health care services provided through its pharmacies.

APhA amplifies medication adherence message

In line with American Pharmacists Month, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) is urging consumers to "hold an open dialogue" with their pharmacists about the proper use of prescription drugs and adherence to medication regimens.

NABP acquires AWARxE drug safety program

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) has purchased AWARxE, a public awareness program by pharmacists to provide drug safety information and raise awareness about the dangers of medication abuse.

Walmart, Humana offer low-cost Medicare Rx plan

Walmart is partnering with health insurer Humana Inc. to offer a co-branded Medicare Part D prescription drug plan that they tout as carrying the lowest national monthly premium in the country.

Jean Coutu launches hypertension tool

Jean Coutu Group Inc. has introduced Caution Hypertension, a new hypertension monitoring program that enables people to regulate their blood pressure in tandem with their pharmacist and their doctor.

Walgreens starts safe medication disposal program

An initiative launched by Walgreen Co. will let customers safely dispose of unused or expired medications, a program that the drug store chain calls the first in the nation.

Navarro portal to share POS data with suppliers

Navarro Discount Pharmacy has enlisted technology provider SONA LLC to develop a web-based portal to enable point-of-sale and market basket data reporting to suppliers.

September same-store sales dip at Rite Aid

Same-store sales improved but were still down slightly in September at Rite Aid Corp.

Former Merck exec joins Walgreens

Walgreen Co. has hired Jeffrey Berkowitz as senior vice president of pharmaceutical development and market access.

Pharmacy groups form e-health IT alliance

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and seven other national pharmacy organizations have launched the Pharmacy e-Health Information Technology Collaborative.

Walgreens makes strides with core strategies

Walgreen Co. is looking ahead to a year of further growth as it builds on the progress of its key business strategies, namely the enhancement of its drug store base, according to president and chief executive officer Greg Wasson.

Shoppers Food & Pharmacy president to retire

Dick Bergman, president of Supervalu Inc. chain Shoppers Food & Pharmacy, is slated to retire at the end of this week.

FDA applauded by NACDS for push to simply Rx information

The Food and Drug Administration drew praise this week from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores for the progress of its effort to improve the usefulness of the information that patients receive with their prescription medications.

Kerr Drug offers free prescription delivery

Kerr Drug has kicked off a free prescription delivery service that will bring medications to patients at their homes or workplaces.

Walgreens tops Wall St. forecast as 4Q earnings rise

Citing a strong operating performance and cost measures, Walgreen Co. saw robust earnings and revenue gains for its fiscal 2010 fourth quarter.

Over 1,200 diabetes clinics planned by Rite Aid

Rite Aid Corp. aims to host more than 1,200 free diabetes clinics during American Diabetes Month this fall as part of its Stop Diabetes awareness campaign with the American Diabetes Association.

Stater Bros. pharmacies to offer free breast cancer drug

Stater Bros. Super Rx Pharmacy plans to provide a free 30-day supply of breast cancer treatment medication tamoxifen during October as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Rite Aid helps California stem whooping cough outbreak

Pharmacists at more than 500 Rite Aid drug stores in California are helping the state address a growing health crisis by providing ready access to shots for pertussis, or whooping cough.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal to keynote NACDS Foundation dinner

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, will be the keynote speaker for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Annual Foundation Dinner.

To work, Rx adherence requires an engaged patient

Medication adherence, compliance and persistence are closely related terms, but all call for the involvement of an active patient to be successful.