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Week of Mon, Nov 1st, 2010

2010 elections: NACDS restates pharmacy's case

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is making sure that pharmacy didn't get lost in the wave — that is, the one that hit Congress in this week's midterm elections.

Shoppers Drug Mart launches flu shot clinics

Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. plans to hold flu shot clinics at more than 400 stores starting this month.

Wasson: Walgreens 'laser-focused' on strategic plan

Walgreen Co. has grown its retail pharmacy market share as it continues to execute on core strategies laid out two years ago, president and chief executive officer Greg Wasson said at the company's Analyst Day conference here.

Diabetes screening events upcoming from Walgreens

Walgreen Co. plans to offer free blood glucose testing and A1C testing at more than 1,700 stores and Take Care Clinics nationwide starting next week.

Thrifty White to deploy pharmacy support tool

Thrifty White Drug Stores plans to implement an integrated drug database and decision support system from Gold Standard/Elsevier that's expected to give pharmacists more time to counsel customers.

Walgreens reports October same-store sales decline

Same-store sales at Walgreen Co. dipped in October despite revenue gains in both the pharmacy and front end.

CVS Caremark sees drop in 3Q earnings, sales

Third-quarter earnings at CVS Caremark Corp. were in line with Wall Street's expectations but down sharply from a year ago, while a sales gain in the retail drug store unit was overshadowed by a revenue decline in the pharmacy benefit management business.

Drugstore.com swings to a profit

Lifted in part by robust sales, drugstore.com reported a profit for the third quarter following a year-ago loss.

NACDS outlines key pharmacy industry priorities

The Food and Drug Administration this week got a heads-up on key pharmacy industry priorities over the next five years from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

CVS Caremark gives FDA input on biogeneric approvals

In testimony for the Food and Drug Administration, a CVS Caremark Corp. executive reiterated the company's support that the agency implement regulations needed to approve biogeneric drugs under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Stater Bros. serves up free diabetes drugs

Stater Bros. has begun offering free diabetes medications at its Super Rx pharmacy locations.

Duane Reade clinics now take Medicare

Duane Reade walk-in clinics can now accept Medicare payments for routine health services provided to senior citizens.

BioScrip names COO as chief executive officer

A new chief executive officer will be at the helm of pharmacy provider BioScrip Inc. starting next year.

CVS poll: Patient cost concerns undercut diabetes care

A survey by CVS/pharmacy finds that financial concerns are an obstacle to care for to many diabetes patients.

NACDS calls for FDA to standardize patient Rx information

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration outlining the need to improve the usefulness of patient medication information that consumers receive with their prescription drugs.

Research turns spotlight on need for retail clinics

Walgreen Co.'s Take Care Health Systems subsidiary is trumpeting research showing that alternative sites for health care — including retail clinics and urgent care centers — could alleviate overcrowded emergency rooms and save the nation's health care system billions of dollars.

Target kicks off 'Celebrate Smoke-Free' campaign

Target is launching a month-long campaign to help customers and employees in their efforts to quit smoking.

More flu shot clinics scheduled by Rite Aid

Rite Aid Corp. plans to hold another round of flu shot clinics at hundreds of stores next week.

Supervalu plans wellness program for diabetes

Supervalu Inc. is slated to launch a health and wellness program that takes aim at diabetes and links the food and pharmacy departments.

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