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NCPA, NACDS hail TRICARE pharmacy co-pay freeze

The National Community Pharmacists Association and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores have applauded lawmakers for approving a measure that freezes retail pharmacy co-payments in TRICARE, the health coverage program for the armed forces.

Analysts: Walgreens sharpens front-end execution

Financial analysts highlighted Walgreen Co.'s improved front-end performance in reports on the drug store chain's fiscal 2011 first quarter results.

In-person communication with pharmacists lifts adherence

Research sponsored by CVS Caremark Corp. found that pharmacists in a retail store are the most influential health care "voice" in getting patients to take their medications as prescribed.

Budget woes threaten Medicaid Rx in Wash. state

A budget crunch in Washington state could have dire consequences for recipients of Medicaid pharmacy benefits.

Walgreens begins new fiscal year with profit surge

A strong operational performance fueled a nearly 19% gain in earnings in the fiscal 2011 first quarter at Walgreen Co., exceeding analysts' per-share profit forecast by 8 cents.

CVS' MinuteClinic aims to bolster health literacy

Through an agreement with the National Patient Safety Foundation, MinuteClinic said it will become the nation's first retail health clinic provider to implement the Ask Me 3 health literacy program.

GAO: Reform law lifts Medicaid Rx reimbursement

A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that health care reform has made Medicaid pharmacy reimbursement levels more palatable for retail pharmacies.

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