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Week of Mon, Apr 4th, 2011

Walgreens store helps launch vehicle charging network

A Walgreens drug store in Dallas helped the nation's first privately funded and comprehensive electric vehicle charging network get under way.

CVS' MinuteClinic allies with Chicago-area health system

MinuteClinic, CVS Caremark Corp.'s retail health clinic subsidiary, has entered a a clinical affiliation with Advocate Health Care and Advocate Physician Partners to enhance health care services to patients throughout the Chicago area and central Illinois.

Kroger pharmacies provide Rx disposal envelopes

Kroger Co. has teamed up with Sharps Compliance Corp. to offer safe disposal of expired, unused or unwanted medications via its pharmacies.

Rite Aid posts flat sales, shrinks loss in 4Q

Rite Aid Corp. turned in virtually flat revenue for its fiscal 2011 fourth quarter and reduced its net loss compared with a year earlier.

Walk with Walgreens program promotes preventive health care

Walgreen Co. has launched Walk with Walgreens, a program that the drug chain said urges Americans to walk more and rewards participants "for every step they take on the road to better health."

Rx groups applaud vote to repeal 1099 reporting requirement

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association hailed the Senate's passage of a bill to repeal the "onerous" 1099 reporting requirement of the health care reform law.

BioScrip receives specialty Rx accreditation

BioScrip Inc. has been awarded specialty pharmacy and mail-service pharmacy accreditation from URAC.

Walgreens continues same-store sales gains

Surging front-end sales again helped lift monthly same-store sales at Walgreen Co., which in March continued a rising trend that began in the fall.

Neu to head AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp.

AmerisourceBergen Corp. has promoted David Neu to president of AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp. (ABDC), the company's biggest operating unit.

Work-site health services in spotlight at Walgreens forum

As pharmacy services become more widely available at the workplace, Walgreen Co. is bringing together representatives from leading employers and payers to examine the evolving role of employers in health care at the first Walgreens Employer Health and Wellness Executive Client Forum.

Many heart patients skip pills, study finds

A large percentage of heart failure patients skip taking their medications because of cost, putting themselves at greater risk of hospitalization and death, according to researchers from the Mayo Clinic.

Walgreens reports third-party e-mail breach

Over the weekend, Walgreen Co. announced that a third-party vendor it uses for e-mail promotional messages reported an unauthorized access to its computer systems.

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