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Week of Mon, Dec 6th, 2010

NACDS helps retailers convey upcoming FSA changes

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has devised materials that pharmacy retailers can use to inform customers about new limits going into effect next year on over-the-counter medicines in flexible spending accounts (FSAs).

Reports: A&P mulling bankruptcy filing

A&P saw its stock price plunge more than 60% on Friday amid published reports that the struggling food and drug retailer was on the verge of filing for bankruptcy protection.

Walgreens: Pharmacist interaction boosts outcomes

A study by Walgreen Co. found that people with diabetes who participated in a disease management program involving face-to-face interaction with a pharmacist showed high levels of patient engagement and vastly improved clinical outcomes.

Kroger provides free flu shots to uninsured

Kroger Co. has partnered with The Salvation Army and hunger relief group Feeding America to offer free flu shots to people who lack health insurance or have inadequate coverage.

Kerr Drug rolls out caregiver solution for seniors

Kerr Drug is the first U.S. retailer to deploy 24x7 living assistance and emergency response technology and services from ActiveCare Inc. for senior citizens.

Target's ClearRx cited as Design of the Decade

Target Corp.'s ClearRx prescription bottle and packaging has been received the Design of the Decade award from the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).

A&P's Pathmark now takes Medicare Part B

Regional food and drug retailer Pathmark has begun accepting Medicare Part B coverage at select stores.

McKesson names new U.S. Rx distribution chief

Brian Tyler has been appointed president of McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical to replace John Figueroa, who is leaving the company to become chief executive officer of Omnicare Inc.

Graymark closes ApothecaryRx sale to Walgreens

Graymark Healthcare Inc. has completed its agreement to sell its ApothecaryRx retail pharmacy business to Walgreen Co.

NACDS to CMS: Rx should be accountable care partner

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should consider the role that pharmacy plays in delivering patient-centered care and lowering health care costs as it devises rules for accountable care organizations (ACOs), according to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

Rogue online pharmacies get more sophisticated

Illegitimate Internet pharmacies and marketing affiliate networks are becoming more elaborate in how they target consumers, presenting a rising threat to public health and safety, a study by anti-counterfeiting and brand protection firm OpSec Security Inc. found.

Pharmacy technicians gain 'official' status in Ontario

Ontario has become the first province in Canada to register pharmacy technicians as a health profession.

Cardinal, Walgreens renew distribution pact

Cardinal Health Inc. has renewed its distribution agreement with Walgreen Co. to supply pharmaceuticals to the drug store chain's national network of retail pharmacies.

Navarro names celebrity spokesman

Television personality and cookbook author Chef Pepin has become the celebrity spokesman for Navarro Discount Pharmacy.

Gallup poll: Pharmacists rank high in integrity

For the eighth straight year, pharmacists have placed in the top three in Gallup's Honesty and Ethics survey, which gauges the public's trust of professionals in a range of disciplines across industries.

Rite Aid supports National Influenza Vaccination Week

Rite Aid Corp. plans to continue offering flu shots at more than 3,000 of its pharmacies in recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week.

Injunction blocks CVS from hiring ex-Walmart exec

CVS Caremark Corp. has been temporarily blocked from hiring former Walmart executive Hank Mullany as president of CVS/pharmacy.