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Week of Mon, Aug 8th, 2011

ECRM mourns passing of founder Charlie Bowlus

Charlie Bowlus, founder and chief executive officer of ECRM, died unexpectedly yesterday following complications from surgery. He was 64.

Walgreens goes on offensive in PBM dispute

Walgreen Co. has launched a letter-writing campaign to benefits consultants that outlines the reasons it likely won’t be part of Express Scripts Inc.’s pharmacy provider network after December 31.

MinuteClinic affiliates with Indiana health system

MinuteClinic has entered a clinical collaboration with Indiana University Health (IU Health), the largest health system in Indiana.

APhA, dental groups take aim at dry mouth

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) has teamed up with leading dental organizations to expand public awareness of medication-induced dry mouth.

Target set to launch flu vaccination effort

Discounter Target Corp. next week plans make flu shots available at more than 1,650 Target Pharmacy and Target Clinic locations nationwide.

CVS rolls out Salma Hayek beauty collection

CVS/pharmacy has introduced Nuance Salma Hayek, an exclusive line of cosmetics and skin care, hair care and body care products co-developed with actress Salma Hayek.

Pharmacy sales climb in 2Q at BioScrip

BioScrip Inc. reported a robust gain in pharmacy services revenue for its 2011 second quarter.

In Illinois, coalition takes aim at Rx reimbursement cuts

Pharmacy Choice and Access Now (PCAN), a coalition of pharmacists, consumers and local businesses, has set up shop in Illinois as the state mulls cuts to Medicaid pharmacy reimbursements.

Sam's Club plans free eye health screenings

As part of its focus on preventive health care, Sam's Club this weekend plans to offer free vision screenings.

Katz Group names chief merchant for Rexall

Katz Group Canada Ltd. has named Ken Keelor as chief merchandising officer for its Rexall drug chain.

Walgreens kicks off flu shot program

Walgreen Co. has launched its annual flu vaccination program chainwide, billing itself as "America's most trusted retail health care destination for flu shots."

Rite Aid appoints new communications chief

Susan Henderson has been named as senior vice president and chief communications officer at Rite Aid Corp.

NABP prescription monitoring platform goes live

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy's platform to link state prescription monitoring programs (PMPs), the NABP PMP InterConnect, is now fully operational, providing a state-to-state tool for reducing prescription drug abuse and "doctor shopping."

Pharmacy groups challenge planned Medicaid cuts in Supreme Court brief

This fall, the U.S. Supreme Court is slated to hear a case examining the right of pharmacies and other health care providers to challenge state cuts to Medicaid on the basis that they violate federal requirements for "sufficient" patient access to health care.

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