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Week of Mon, Sep 26th, 2011

Poll: Some Americans unsure of vaccine safety

A Thomson Reuters-NPR Health Poll found that more than a quarter of Americans are concerned about the value and safety of vaccines.

NABP, Pfizer ally in battle against counterfeit drugs

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and Pfizer Inc. have teamed up to combat the sale of counterfeit prescription medicines and help patients learn how to safely buy medicines online.

Pharmaca readies new California location

Late next month, Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy plans to open its 24th location in Carlsbad, Calif.

CVS Caremark alliance aims to reduce hospital readmissions

Leveraging its medication therapy knowledge, CVS Caremark Corp. has partnered with Dovetail Health, a provider of transitional care services, to help prevent hospital readmissions.

Walgreens hosts health systems forum

Walgreen Co. this week brought together representatives from leading health systems to discuss evolving efforts in coordinated patient care at the first Walgreens Health Systems Executive Client Forum.

September same-store sales up at Rite Aid

Despite a dip in the front end, same-store sales for Rite Aid Corp. rose during September.

Bartell Drugs set to debut new store concept

Bartell Drugs plans to premiere what it calls a "next-generation store" in Seattle that features more product offerings, new concepts for store departments, and enhanced lighting and decor.

CVS marks opening of New York distribution center

With a gathering of federal and New York state officials on hand, CVS Caremark Corp. this week held a grand opening for a 751,000-square-foot distribution center in Chemung, N.Y., that serves about 350 CVS/pharmacy stores in the Northeast.

Rite Aid diabetes wellness+ program now under way

Rite Aid Corp. has launched wellness+ for diabetes, a free program that offers exclusive resources and savings to people living with diabetes and their caregivers.

Walgreens shuffles marketing, merchandising execs

Walgreen Co. is restructuring its marketing and merchandising staff in a bid to foster a more integrated approach to the two disciplines and intensify the drug chain’s customer focus.

Report: Supermarket pharmacies to get lift from generics

Supermarket chains with sizable pharmacy operations will see their gross profits edge up next year as brand-name drugs lose patent protection and higher-margin generic versions of those medications hit the market, according to a report from Moody's Investors Service.

CBS anchor Scott Pelley to speak at NACDS dinner

CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor Scott Pelley will be the keynote speaker for the 13th annual National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation Dinner on Nov. 29 in New York City.

Sam's Club to hold women's health screenings

Sam's Club next week is offering free women's health checkups in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

'Risky trade-offs' in Rx use, Consumer Reports poll finds

Financially pressured Americans are making tradeoffs with prescription drugs that could be dangerous to their health, according to a survey by Consumer Reports.

AmerisourceBergen to buy TheraCom from CVS Caremark

AmerisourceBergen Corp. has entered an agreement to purchase TheraCom, a subsidiary of CVS Caremark Corp.

Walgreens turns in gains for 4Q, full year

Walgreen Co. reported robust revenue and earnings increases for its fiscal 2011 fourth quarter and full year, with adjusted net income exceeding Wall Street's forecast.

CVS Caremark's Bloom named Family Dollar COO

Family Dollar Stores Inc. has appointed Mike Bloom, the top merchandising and supply chain executive at CVS Caremark Corp., as president and chief operating officer.

Safeway creates chief medical officer post

Safeway Inc. has appointed Dr. Kent Bradley as chief medical officer, a newly created position.

Walgreens pilots new 'health & daily living' formats

Walgreen Co. is testing a new store format around Chicago and plans a major store pilot in Indianapolis as it experiments with various concepts in transitioning its drug stores into "health and daily living" stores.

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