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London Drugs adds to electronics lineup

London Drugs next month plans to begin carrying the HP TouchPad tablet computer, expanding the retailer's strong electronics department.

Cardinal unveils pharmacy college scholarship program

Cardinal Health has begun a new college scholarship program, making $1.1 million in scholarship funds available to 13 pharmacy schools nationwide.

MinuteClinic affiliates with Fla., Ohio health systems

MinuteClinic has entered a clinical affiliations with Cleveland Clinic Florida and OhioHealth.

Community pharmacists in N.M. team with Medco

Medco Health Solutions Inc. is working with community pharmacists in New Mexico to help improve care for chronically ill patients, notably in the area of medication adherence.

Retailers hail Senate vote on debit card fees

Retail trade groups claimed victory in halting a measure in the Senate that would have postponed financial reform legislation slashing debit card interchange fees charged to retailers.

NACDS enlists RxImpact in swipe fee reform battle

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores made a grassroots push to rally retail and pharmacy advocates to oppose a Senate proposal to delay debit-card swipe fee reform.

ACOs should include pharmacists, NCPA tells CMS

The National Community Pharmacists Association has urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to recognize the value of pharmacists in accountable care organizations (ACOs).

Study: DEA lax in cracking down on 'rogue' online Rx

A report by LegitScript.com criticizes the federal Drug Enforcement Administration for not doing enough about so-called rogue online pharmacies, which the Internet pharmacy monitoring service said sell addictive medications without a valid prescription.

Walgreens spurs pharmacist-physician teamwork

Walgreen Co. has partnered with Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group of Chicago to develop a coordinated health care program.

NABP finishes work on prescription monitoring hub

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy has completed development of its platform to link state prescription monitoring programs (PMPs), providing more effective communication in the battle against prescription drug abuse, misuse and diversion.

Canada sizes up generic drug reimbursement

Although Ontario’s policy for reimbursing pharmacies for generic drugs has presented challenges for Shoppers Drug Mart and other retailers, researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have completed a study concluding that Canada could save almost $1.3 billion a year if all other provinces were to adopt Ontario’s model.

NCPA takes part in White House roundtable on Rx abuse

A representative for the National Community Pharmacists Association participated in a White House roundtable discussion on prescription drug abuse.

Rite Aid summer skin care campaign gets under way

Rite Aid Corp. has launched its annual healthy skin care campaign with The Skin Cancer Foundation that includes free informational guides in all of its 4,700 stores as well as online.

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