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Week of Mon, Mar 21st, 2011

Shoppers Drug Mart aids in Japan relief efforts

Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. is joining the Canadian Red Cross in supporting earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan with an online donation program.

States sign on to NABP Rx monitoring system

The prescription monitoring programs (PMPs) of North Dakota, Ohio and Virginia have agreed to participate in the PMP Interconnect system to fight drug diversion and abuse, according to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).

CVS Caremark: 'DAW' prescriptions prove costly

"Dispense as written," or DAW, prescriptions cost the health care system up to $7.7 billion annually, according to a study by researchers at CVS Caremark Corp., Harvard University, and Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Walgreens to buy drugstore.com for $409M

In a move to expand its e-commerce business and expertise, Walgreen Co. plans to acquire drugstore.com in a deal valued at $409 million.

NACDS appoints state government affairs director

Jill McCormack has joined the National Association of Chain Drug Stores as a director of state government affairs.

Earnings surge in 2Q at Walgreens

Walgreen Co. saw earnings rise by double digits in its fiscal 2011 second quarter and first half, lifted by robust revenue and same-store sales growth.

GPhA: Don't cut funds for FDA generic drug program

The Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) has called on lawmakers to protect funding for the Food and Drug Administration Office of Generic Drugs.

Loblaw offers complimentary heart health checkups

Loblaw Cos. is providing heart health screenings free at participating stores across Canada in collaboration with the Becel Centre for Heart Health.

Kerr adds online store finder to free Rx delivery

Kerr Drug has launched an online store finder for its free prescription delivery program.

Remote pharmacy given the go-ahead in Ontario

The stage has been set for telepharmacy in Ontario, where the government has approved regulations that enable remote prescription dispensing throughout the province.

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