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Week of Mon, Dec 13th, 2010

Walgreens, HHS to provide free flu shots to uninsured

Walgreen Co. has partnered with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to offer $10 million of free flu shots in 15 markets nationwide to people who lack health insurance or have insufficient health coverage.

CVS mulls options amid dispute over Mullany hiring

It appears increasingly unlikely that former Walmart executive Hank Mullany will join CVS/pharmacy.

MinuteClinic allies with Nevada hospital system

MinuteClinic has affiliated with St. Rose Dominican Hospitals in southern Nevada in a clinical alliance to enhance the health care services in the Las Vegas metropolitan area.

NACDS Foundation to make biggest-ever grant to Rx residencies

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation plans to contribute $1.5 million in grants to expand the availability of community pharmacy residency programs (CPRPs) for pharmacy graduates, which it said is the single-largest grant ever dedicated to community pharmacy residencies.

Cardinal Health tool kit on Rx abuse targets teens

The Cardinal Health Foundation and the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy have teamed up to launch the new GenerationRx Youth Toolkit, aimed at helping prevent prescription drug abuse by teens.

Rite Aid trims loss in third quarter

Despite declined revenue, Rite Aid Corp. narrowed its loss for its fiscal 2011 third quarter and came in ahead of Wall Street's forecast.

Reports: Walmart gets injunction to halt CVS hiring

Walmart has been granted a preliminary injunction to block former executive Hank Mullany from being hired as the pharmacy chief at CVS Caremark Corp., according to published reports.

1 in 6 Americans bought prescription drugs online without Rx

An estimated 36 million Americans, or one in six people, have purchased prescription drugs online without a doctor's prescription, according to research presented by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and funded by the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP).

NACDS, NCPA drop Medicaid AMP lawsuit

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association are dropping their 2007 lawsuit that has blocked the implementation of the so-called "AMP rule" by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

CVS unveils Facebook photo app

CVS/pharmacy has launched CVS Express Photo App, an online application that enables users of the social media site Facebook to order photo prints directly from their Facebook albums and pick them up in about an hour from a CVS store.

RediClinic to double health clinic count in H.E.B. stores

RediClinic plans to open 20 new health clinics in H.E. Butt Grocery Co. stores across Texas.

More drug retailers join Pharmacy Saver

A leading discounter and several large supermarket chains have joined UnitedHealthcare's Pharmacy Saver Medicare Part D program.

A&P files for Chapter 11

Troubled food and drug retailer A&P has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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