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Week of Mon, Oct 24th, 2011

NACDS, NCPA blast California Medicaid cuts

Retail pharmacy groups were quick to rebuke the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for approving proposed reimbursement cuts for Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid program.

Kmart pharmacies start flu shot clinics

Kmart has begun providing seasonal flu vaccinations through walk-in flu clinics, and members of its pharmacy savings program are being offered a discount.

Rite Aid bus tour takes aim at diabetes epidemic

Next week Rite Aid Corp. plans to hit the road for a two-month tour to raise awareness of diabetes and provide education about the disease and how to better manage it.

APhA, OptumRx whet student interest in pharmacy career

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and pharmacy benefit manager OptumRx have introduced "Pharmacy is Right for Me," an initiative to educate students in grades 8 to 12 about a career in pharmacy.

Winn-Dixie launches pharmacy mobile app

Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. has introduced a multiplatform smartphone application for pharmacy customers.

CVS chief medical officer sizes up health exchanges

Troy Brennan, executive vice president and chief medical officer at CVS Caremark Corp., gave his recommendation on what employers should do when health insurance exchanges come into play in 2014, as mandated by health care reform.

Publix enlists medication adherence specialist

Publix Super Markets Inc. has joined the pharmacy network of Adheris, a provider of direct-to-patient medication adherence programs.

Rite Aid turns in biggest same-store gain of year

Fueled by the pharmacy, Rite Aid Corp. tallied its largest monthly same-store sales growth for the calendar year in October.

CPhA embarks on flu immunization campaign

The California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) has partnered with PrescribeWellness in the "One Million More" flu shot campaign.

Washington governor highlights savings from generics

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire spotlighted the success of the state's Generics First initiative, which has saved millions of dollars in pharmacy costs by steering patients to generic drugs.

CVS research: Many new prescriptions not filled

A new study by researchers at CVS Caremark Corp., Harvard University, and Brigham and Women's Hospital revealed that 24% of patients given a new medication by their doctor didn't fill the prescription.

NCPA announces new president, officers

The National Community Pharmacists Association has installed new officers, including a new president, and its board of directors for 2011-12.

Winn-Dixie provides intradermal flu shots

Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. has begun offering Fluzone Intradermal flu vaccinations at its in-store pharmacies.

First lady, Chicago mayor tour Walgreens 'food oasis' store

Walgreen Co. gave a tour of one of its "food oasis" stores in Chicago to First Lady Michelle Obama and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Rite Aid unveils co-branded Medicare Part D plan

Rite Aid Corp. said it's giving Medicare beneficiaries a "new choice" for affordable prescription drug coverage via a co-branded Part D plan with pharmacy benefit manager Envision Pharmaceutical Services.

Pharmacies reach 'breaking point' with Medi-Cal

Proposed reimbursement cuts have pharmacists in California ready to "flee" Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program, according to the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA).

Lawmakers urge 'thorough' FTC review of PBM merger

More than a dozen members of the House of Representatives have sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission to note their misgivings about the proposed merger of pharmacy benefit managers Express Scripts Inc. and Medco Health Solutions Inc.

CVS promotes three retail executives

CVS Caremark Corp. has promoted three senior executives at its retail pharmacy subsidiary, all of whom now have expanded roles.

FDA: Don't use jet injectors for flu vaccinations

The Food and Drug Administration is recommending that health care professionals not use injector devices to administer flu vaccines.

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