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CVS helps provide flu shots for uninsured at Dallas clinic

CVS/pharmacy and Direct Relief USA partnered to provide free flu vaccinations at a flu shot clinic in Dallas.

Walgreens, DeKalb boost post-hospital Rx care

Walgreens pharmacists and DeKalb Medical have teamed up to help patients understand and comply with medication therapies after treatment at the hospital.

Meijer trains pharmacists as diabetes specialists

Meijer has kicked off a chainwide effort to boost its pharmacy expertise in diabetes by training more than 200 pharmacists as diabetes specialists.

CVS to host Facebook chats on diabetes

This month, CVS Caremark Corp. plans to host live Facebook chats to answer patients' questions about diabetes and chronic condition management.

NACDS backs bill to hike Medicaid generics use

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has endorsed legislation that would give states incentive to use generic drugs through their Medicaid programs.

D.C. rally amplifies concerns over PBM merger

Community pharmacists joined with consumers and small-business owners and lawmakers in a press conference organized by the Preserve Community Pharmacy Access NOW! (PCPAN) coalition to urge Congress and the Federal Trade Commission to oppose the proposed merger of Express Scripts Inc. and Medco Health Solutions Inc.

Walgreens sees same-store sales growth tail off

Slower business in the front end reined in same-store sales growth at Walgreen Co. for October. The company also gave estimates of the business impact of its dispute with pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Inc.

Earnings, sales climb in 3Q at CVS Caremark

CVS Caremark Corp. cited gains in its pharmacy benefit management business and continued growth in its retail pharmacy segment as driving revenue and profit increases for its third quarter.

NACDS, retail groups call for sales tax 'e-fairness'

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and other retail industry groups have urged the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, known as the "Super Committee," to give states more leverage to collect sales taxes from Internet retailers and catalog merchants.

Surgeon general stresses medication adherence

U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin urged patients with chronic conditions to speak with pharmacists and other health care professionals about the importance of taking their medications as prescribed as part of the National Consumers League's (NCL) Script Your Future campaign.

Walgreens supports Latino Fashion Week

Walgreen Co. said it will be a presenting sponsor of the fifth annual Latino Fashion Week in Chicago.

NCPA speaks up for Rx on health insurance exchanges

Pharmacy care shouldn't get lost in the mix as federal guidelines take shape for state-based health insurance exchanges mandated under health care reform, according to the National Community Pharmacists Association.

Health Mart unveils private-label OTC line

Health Mart is launching a line of private-label, over-the-counter health care products and will be expanding the brand in the coming months.

Sam's Club set to offer digestive health checkups

Sam's Club is offering free digestive health screenings this month at its pharmacy locations.

AmerisourceBergen wraps up TheraCom buy from CVS

AmerisourceBergen Corp. has closed its $250 million deal to acquire CVS Caremark Corp. subsidiary TheraCom.

Walgreens kicks off free diabetes testing

Walgreen Co. has begun offering free blood glucose testing at some of its drug stores across the country.

New York City mayor gets flu shot at Duane Reade

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Thomas Farley received flu shots this weekend at a Duane Reade pharmacy.

CACDS names new chairman

Sandra Aylward, vice president of professional and regulatory affairs for Lawtons Drugs and Sobeys Pharmacy Group, has been appointed as the new chairman of the board of the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores (CACDS).

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