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Week of Mon, Nov 8th, 2010

AmerisourceBergen promotes Collis to COO

Steven Collis has been appointed president and chief operating officer at AmerisourceBergen Corp.

Walgreens, Orbitz partnership eyes travelers' health

Walgreen Co. and online travel company Orbitz Worldwide have launched a year-long initiative to help keep travelers healthy.

Victory for Rx: CMS withdraws AMP rule provisions

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and National Community Pharmacists Association have declared victory with the issuance of a final rule by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that withdraws provisions of the Medicaid pharmacy reimbursement formula under the average manufacturer price (AMP) model.

APhA lands grant for diabetes initiative

The American Pharmacists Association Foundation is being awarded a multiyear grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation to support its work on diabetes care.

Shoppers Drug Mart sales up, profit down in 3Q

Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. reported increased sales for its fiscal 2010 third quarter but saw net earnings and operating results decline, with provincial reform of drug pricing and reimbursement impacting results.

Many households hold onto expired OTCs, Walgreens finds

Nearly 40% of U.S. households have at least one bottle of expired over-the-counter medication at home, according to a new study from Walgreen Co.

Drugstore.com gives FSA heads-up

With new regulations on the horizon, drugstore.com is reminding its customers with flexible spending accounts (FSAs) to use their remaining funds by the end of the year.

Drug chains team with Citi on flu shot payment card

Several chain drug retailers have partnered with financial services giant Citi on an innovative payment card for employee flu vaccinations.

Chicago-area Walgreens employs geothermal energy

Walgreen Co. said one of its Chicago-area pharmacies is the nation's first drug store to use geothermal energy for heating and cooling.

Rexall poll: Cold suffers turn to pharmacist first

When people are looking for advice on dealing with colds and flu, they're most likely to turn to their pharmacist, a survey by Katz Group's Rexall drug chain and the Air Miles Reward Program finds.

Store-brand blood glucose meters debut at Wegmans

Wegmans Food Markets Inc. has rolled out what the food and drug retailer said is its first store-brand blood glucose monitoring system.

Pharmaca forms integrative health board

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy has established the Integrative Health Advisory Board to educate the pubic about integrative medicine.

Rite Aid Online Care for chronic conditions goes live

Rite Aid Corp. has introduced a new online service that offers patients with chronic conditions live consultations with specially trained Rite Aid pharmacists.

Walgreens sues Wegmans over logo

Walgreen Co. has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Wegmans Food Markets Inc., claiming the supermarket chain's logo is too similar.

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