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Week of Mon, Oct 11th, 2010

CVS launches mobile app for iPhone

CVS/pharmacy has rolled out a mobile application with pharmacy and shopping tools for customers using the iPhone and other Apple mobile devices.

Visa aids in operation targeting rogue online pharmacies

Visa Inc. lent its support to an Interpol-coordinated global law enforcement effort aimed at shutting down illegal online pharmacies.

Obama signing of drug disposal bill hailed by NACDS

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores said community pharmacies and their patients scored a victory with President Barack Obama's signing of the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act.

CVS Caremark looks ahead to growth

CVS Caremark Corp. executives told those attending its annual Analyst Day meeting that the company has a bright future, despite warning that earnings and sales growth next year could fall below long-term goals.

Kerr Drug gets results with Rx adherence program

Patients of Kerr Drug improved their use of blood pressure medication through an adherence program developed by Pleio Health Support Systems Inc.

Navarro enlists indoor billboard ad firm

Navarro Discount Pharmacy has tapped StoreBoard Media to help expand its retail advertising network.

NACDS lauds call for team care in Rx adherence

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation hailed a new report on medication adherence by the New England Healthcare Institute (NEHI) that calls for a closer look at the impact of care teams.

Walgreens OKs $1 billion stock buyback plan

The Walgreen Co. board of directors has authorized a new $1 billion share repurchase program and increased its quarterly dividend.

Safeway responds to California's pertussis emergency

Safeway Inc. pharmacies in California are responding to the state's whooping cough outbreak and are now providing a booster vaccine.

NCPDP gets recommendation under health care reform

Under the new health care reform law, the National Committee on Vital Health Statistics (NCVHS) has recommended the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) to be formally named as an operating rules entity for retail pharmacy-related eligibility transactions.

Supervalu plans gluten-free program

Supervalu Inc. is set to roll out a health and wellness program that aims to help people with gluten sensitivity.

Meijer ramps up flu shot program

Meijer Inc. has expanded its pharmacy services to include on-demand flu shots at all 196 of its stores.

More Rite Aid, Save-A-Lot co-branded stores open

Rite Aid Corp. said five more stores co-branded Save-A-Lot Food Stores/Rite Aid Pharmacy have opened in Greenville, S.C.

Rx school diversity efforts get donation from Walgreens

Walgreen Co. plans to donate a total of $1.1 million to pharmacy schools across the country to help advance diversity.

Latest Pharmaca store to open doors next month

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy plans to open its 23rd location on Nov. 5 in Menlo Park, Calif.

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