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Week of Mon, Jan 17th, 2011

Telepharmacy gets a boost in Canada

The Canadian government is supplying funds for the development of a telepharmacy-based personal medication management system.

Rx patient experience may take hit from new regs

Local and state government bodies nationwide have implemented or are mulling new rules that stand to impact the patient care experience at retail pharmacies.

Poll: Three-quarters of employees go to work when sick

Nearly three in four workers go to work when they are sick, making it more likely that others can become ill, according to a survey by CareerBuilder.

Oklahoma pharmacy group joins NCPA

The National Community Pharmacists Association announced that all members of Pharmacy Providers of Oklahoma (PPOk) have signed up for membership in NCPA.

Giant Eagle holds free diabetes screenings

Giant Eagle is offering free diabetes awareness screening events at its pharmacies through early next month.

Roundtable: What's coming up next in Rx tech

Accompanying the sweeping changes augured by health care reform are ongoing changes from advances in technology, which are opening doors for the retail pharmacy sector with new solutions.

Flu shot excuses 'mix fact and fallacy,' Consumer Reports says

Many people say they don't plan to get the flu vaccine this season, and common excuses for not getting a flu shot are "a mix of facts and fallacies," according to a survey by Consumer Reports.

NACDS spells out Rx regulatory impact to Congress

In response to a request by a congressional committee, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores gave a rundown of current and proposed regulations that could have a negative economic impact on the pharmacy sector and the industry's job growth.

NCPDP summit to gauge impact of emerging technology

The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) next month will examine how new technology is influencing patient care, health outcomes and the role of pharmacists at its Educational Summit in Las Vegas.

CVS examines choice of retail vs. mail order Rx

As long as cost isn't a factor, patients tend to stick with what's familiar when it comes to filling prescriptions via mail order or at a retail pharmacy, a CVS Caremark Corp. study found.

Kmart gets new food/pharmacy business leader

Former Giant Food president Robin Michel has joined Sears Holdings Corp., parent of discounter Kmart, as senior vice president and president of food and consumables and health and wellness.

NACDS Foundation awards pharmacy student scholarships

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has announced the recipients of the NACDS Foundation Pharmacy Student Scholarship Awards for 2010.

HHS: Health reform challenge jeopardizes people with pre-existing conditions

More than 100 million Americans who have a pre-existing health condition could be denied health insurance coverage without the health care reform law, according to an analysis by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

CVS drops plan to hire former Walmart executive; names Bloom, Baker as interim retail leaders

Forgoing plans to hire a former Walmart executive as CVS/pharmacy president, CVS Caremark Corp. is continuing its search for a new retail chief and has named Mike Bloom and Scott Baker to lead the retail business in the interim.

Rx group: Pharmacists can help smokers quit

The Ontario Pharmacists Association is pointing smokers looking to kick the habit to their local pharmacist for assistance.

Walgreens hires customer experience officer, promotes execs

Walgreen Co. has appointed Graham Atkinson as senior vice president and chief customer experience officer and has promoted three other executives.

Strong finish lifts chain drug sales for 2010

Rounding out the year on an up note, the chain drug industry turned in solid revenue and same-store sales gains in 2010.

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