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Week of Mon, Oct 4th, 2010

Walgreens teams with NFID to promote flu prevention

Walgreen Co. is working with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) to help educate the public and health care professionals about flu prevention resources.

CVS Caremark taps Roberts as PBM's COO

Jonathan Roberts has been appointed chief operating officer of CVS Caremark Corp.'s pharmacy benefit management (PBM) business.

NCPA to CMS: Follow health reform law with new AMP formula

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) should closely follow congressional guidance included in the health care reform law as the agency implements a new formula for Medicaid generic drug reimbursement based on average manufacturer price (AMP), according to the National Community Pharmacists Association.

Health IT specialist elected to Walgreens board

Dr. David Brailer, chairman of investment firm Health Evolution Partners, is joining the board of directors at Walgreen Co.

NACDS gives take on CMS proposal to pull AMP provisions

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has issued comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the wake of the agency's issuance of a proposed rule on Sept. 3.

Pharmaca names retail store operations VP

Allison Janda has been promoted to vice president of retail store operations at Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy Inc.

Earnings, sales up in 2Q at Jean Coutu Group

As it braces for the impact of drug pricing reform, Jean Coutu Group recorded sales and earnings gains for its fiscal 2011 second quarter.

Sept. same-store sales come in flat for Walgreens

Facing tough comparisons with strong flu-related business a year ago, Walgreen Co. saw same-store sales growth in September tail off from the previous month as results were virtually flat.

New president appointed at Shoppers Food & Pharmacy

Tim Lowe has been named president of Shoppers Food & Pharmacy, a Supervalu Inc. supermarket chain, and is slated to take over the post next week.

Sam's Club serves up free medication checkups

Sam's Club has launched Making Sense of Your Medications, an awareness campaign to spur patient consultations with a pharmacist to review their medications.

Kmart program offers incentive for Rx transfers

Kmart is giving consumers added incentive to consolidate their prescriptions at its pharmacy through its "Transfer for a Cause" program.

NCPA launches long-term care division

The National Community Pharmacists Association is forming a new division aimed at advancing the interests of independent long-term care pharmacy providers.

Take Care Health gets high marks for treatment

New data show that care by Take Care Health Systems retail health clinics for such common childhood conditions as a sore throat and an upper respiratory infection meet or exceed the quality of care in other settings, based on national benchmarks.

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