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Week of Mon, Feb 28th, 2011

Walgreens joins Care Continuum Alliance

Walgreen Co. has become a member of the Care Continuum Alliance, a global trade group aimed at bringing together all stakeholders in health care to help improve population health.

NACDS questions Rx reimportation bill, hails 1099 repeal vote

New legislation in the Senate has the National Association of Chain Drug Stores reiterating its stance against the reimportation of prescription drugs.

MinuteClinic offers discount on sports physicals

With a busier school athletics season approaches as the weather warms, MinuteClinic is offering students a $20 discount on sports physicals.

NCPDP readies for Technology and Business Conference

A spate of key topics for pharmacy, pharmaceutical and other health care professionals will be on tap in May at the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) 2011 Annual Technology and Business Conference.

Loblaw pharmacies take part in diabetes campaign

Loblaw Cos. has teamed up with the Canadian Diabetes Association to launch Get Checked Now, a national public awareness campaign aimed at Canadians age 40 and older to alert them to potential risks for developing type 2 diabetes.

Portal helps consumers navigate health care reform law

A coalition of organizations representing consumers, patients, pharmacists, physicians, nurses and hospitals have launched HealthCareandYou.org, a new online resource to help people get a handle on the health care reform law.

Walgreens turns spotlight on mobile Rx services

Walgreen Co. this week kicked off a new advertising campaign touting its mobile pharmacy services, particularly its fledgling Refill by Scan technology.

Retail pharmacy groups laud MTM benefits bill

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association have endorsed the Medication Therapy Management Benefits Act of 2011.

Shoppers Drug Mart steps up support of women's health

Shoppers Drug Mart has launched WOMEN, a broad commitment to provide local, regional and national support for the pursuit of women's health.

Comparable-store sales climb at Walgreens

Front-end business remained strong for Walgreen Co. in February and led the way in lifting same-store sales for the month.

FDA to pull hundreds of prescription drugs off market

Pushing ahead with its crackdown on ineffective prescription drugs, the Food and Drug Administration plans to yank about 500 unapproved cough, cold and allergy medications from the market.

Rite Aid builds same-store sales momentum

Continuing an upward trend, Rite Aid Corp. saw same-store sales climb for the third month in a row in February.

CVS Caremark enlists Aetna unit's clinical intelligence

CVS Caremark Corp. has entered a three-year agreement for evidence-based clinical decision support from Aetna subsidiary ActiveHealth Management.

Cardinal offers nonprofits grants for Rx abuse prevention

The Cardinal Health Foundation is inviting nonprofit groups in seven markets to apply for grant funding to support local efforts to prevent the abuse and misuse of prescription drugs.

NACDS, NCPA support Rx choice in TRICARE

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association have urged a key lawmaker to re-examine the notion of encouraging military beneficiaries to use mail-order pharmacy service under the TRICARE health care program.

Poll: Many oppose health care reform insurance mandate

Half of Americans don't like the "individual mandate" clause in the health care reform law that requires all people to buy health insurance if they're not already covered, according to a new Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll.

Walgreens honored for MTM services

Walgreens has been named the top national pharmacy chain for 2010 in Outcomes Pharmaceutical Health Care's Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Network.

Merlo takes the CEO reins at CVS Caremark

Larry Merlo today took the helm at CVS Caremark Corp. as chief executive officer, succeeding Tom Ryan.

Walgreens set to compound Tamiflu in response to shortage

Walgreen Co. said its pharmacies in all 50 states are prepared to compound Tamiflu capsules into an oral suspension amid a supply shortage of the antiviral medication.

Rite Aid share price back in compliance with NYSE

Rite Aid Corp. has received notice from the New York Stock Exchange that it has regained compliance with the exchange's minimum share price listing requirement.

CVS goes on tour to promote preventive health care

CVS/pharmacy is getting set to kick off the 2011 "To Your Health" tour, in which it will provide free health screenings at more than 800 events in communities nationwide.

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