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Week of Mon, Oct 17th, 2011

Walgreens details merchandising exec changes

Walgreen Co. has taken the wraps off the previously announced realignment of its merchandising division.

NACDS gives take on proposed Medicaid reimbursement caps

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding its draft federal upper limit (FUL) list.

Report: In some categories, independents hold edge

Though the front end has traditionally been the province of chain drug stores, independent pharmacies are driving sales at a faster rate in six health-related categories, according to a new report from Hamacher Resource Group Inc.

Senate nixes provision for 'personal importation' of Rx

The Senate has voted down a measure that would have enabled personal importation of prescription drugs into the United States.

NCPA questions CMS calculations for FULs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is relying on flawed average manufacturer price (AMP) data to calculate new caps on Medicaid pharmacy reimbursement —  known as federal upper limits (FULs) — for multiple-source generic prescription drugs, according to the National Community Pharmacists Association.

Cardinal tool kit warns seniors of Rx misuse

The Cardinal Health Foundation and the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy are releasing a new, interactive tool kit designed to educate senior citizens about how to avoid misuse of prescription drugs.

No injunctive relief in Express Scripts-Walgreens suit

An arbitrator has denied injunctive relief to Walgreen Co. and Express Scripts Inc. in the pharmacy benefit manager's lawsuit against the drug chain.

New coalition emerges to oppose PBM merger

A new coalition of consumers, businesses and community pharmacists nationwide has formed to speak out against the proposed merger of pharmacy benefit managers Express Scripts Inc. and Medco Health Solutions Inc.

NACDS to committee: Take care with diabetes care

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has given federal lawmakers focused on deficit reduction a heads-up when it comes to diabetes testing supplies for Medicare patients.

Walgreens realigns merchandising division

In the wake of restructuring of its marketing staff, Walgreen Co. is now shaking things up in merchandising.

People can do more in flu prevention, CVS poll finds

Consumers take care not to pick up germs but could be more diligent in preventing flu, including getting an annual flu shot, according to a recent CVS/pharmacy survey.

NCPA ads depict community Rx as cost saver

The National Community Pharmacists Association has devised a pair of new advertisements that spotlight how community pharmacists can help lower federal health care costs.

CVS/pharmacy photo centers get social

CVS/pharmacy has added social network connectivity to all of its photo centers with Kodak Picture Kiosks.

Rexall supports digestive health app

Rexall has teamed up with the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation for the launch of Gi BodyGuard, a free mobile application to help consumers track their gastrointestinal health.

Walgreens offers free needle disposal system

For National Diabetes Month, Walgreen Co. and Novo Nordisk Inc. have partnered to provide a free needle disposal system for patients who self-inject.

Rite Aid points Halloween shoppers to website

Rite Aid Corp. is offering shoppers an expanded selection of Halloween products online.

CVS kicks off gift card-with-purchase promo

CVS/pharmacy has launched a promotion in which loyalty card customers earn free gift cards by purchasing designated items.

Walgreens, Express Scripts enter agreement in KC; proposal made for Tricare

Walgreen Co. will remain in the Express Scripts Inc. pharmacy network for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City and has made an offer to the pharmacy benefit manager to continue serving the Department of Defense's Tricare pharmacy program in 2012.

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