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E-prescribing 'on its way to becoming mainstream'

Last year the number of electronic prescriptions jumped more than 70% and the number of prescribers routing prescriptions electronically more than doubled, according to a new Surescripts report on e-prescribing.

NACDS: In emergencies, pharmacies ready to help

During times of national emergency, pharmacies have demonstrated unique capabilities in helping citizens and government prepare and respond, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores told a congressional committee.

PhRMA: Progress in Rx for diseases mainly affecting women

A new report from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) shows that medical researchers are big strides in understanding why women suffer disproportionately from various diseases.

AmerisourceBergen's next CEO appointed to board

AmerisourceBergen Corp. president and chief operating officer Steven Collis, who is slated to take the reins as chief executive officer this summer, has been elected to the company's board.

Rite Aid announces new board member

John Baumer, a partner with the private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners, has joined the Rite Aid Corp. board of directors.

CVS' Pharmacy Advisor makes finals for award

CVS Caremark Corp. was selected as one of 20 finalists for the 2011 URAC Awards for Best Practices in Health Care Consumer Empowerment and Protection.

New coalition urges repeal of FSA restriction on OTCs

A broad coalition of health care retailers, suppliers and organizations has called on Congress to repeal the requirement that prevents consumers from using flexible spending accounts (FSAs) to buy over-the-counter medicines without first getting a doctor's prescription.

Medication adherence efforts win kudos

Retail pharmacy groups applauded a pair of events that turned the spotlight on the importance of medication adherence to improving health care outcomes while scaling back costs.

Merlo: CVS Caremark's model can't be matched

Addressing shareholders for the first time as chief executive officer, Larry Merlo touted the growth potential of CVS Caremark Corp.'s integrated pharmacy business model at its Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

Zellers pharmacies help raise diabetes awareness

Over the coming months, Canadian mass merchandise chain Zellers plans to host on-site screening and educational programs for people living with or at risk for diabetes.

Walgreens, Rite Aid hatch new store concepts

Looking to enhance the customer experience, Walgreen Co. and Rite Aid Corp. are tinkering with store formats and services as well as envisioning new offerings.

NCPA gets backing for long-term care division

The National Community Pharmacists Association will receive financial support for its nascent Long-Term Care Division from Managed Health Care Associates (MHA) Inc., a health care services company.

Trio of Rite Aid stores certified for energy savvy

Three Rite Aid Corp. drug stores in New England have earned Energy Star certification for superior energy performance from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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