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Week of Mon, Nov 28th, 2011

New shop goes live on CVSphoto.com

CVS/pharmacy has launched a new Card and Stationery Shop on CVSphoto.com and unveiled an enhanced and expanded collection of greeting card and invitation options for the holidays.

Biometric health kiosks to be rolled out at Rite Aid

ADFLOW Health Networks plans to deploy biometric health screening kiosks in all Rite Aid drug stores.

Flurry of merchandising exec changes at CVS

CVS Caremark Corp. said its vice president of consumer health care merchandising has left the company and three other merchandising executives have taken on expanded roles.

SF health plan keeps access to Walgreens

A health plan in San Francisco is retaining member access to Walgreens pharmacies next year by switching to a new pharmacy benefits management (PBM) provider.

Analysis: What's the next blockbuster after Lipitor?

With the launch of an authorized generic, Lipitor — the medication that defined the term mega-blockbuster — has now lost patent protection. Astutely managed chain pharmacy organizations have calculated the effect on sales and margins going forward.

Navarro Discount Pharmacy opens 30th location

Pushing ahead with its expansion plan, Navarro Discount Pharmacy officially opened the doors to its 30th drug store, in Homestead, Fla.

CVS Caremark makes specialty Rx appointment

Randy Falkenrath has been named senior vice president of specialty pharmacy at CVS Caremark Corp.

Rite Aid posts same-store sales gain in November

The pharmacy was the driver behind a lift in same-store sales for Rite Aid Corp. in November.

Medical clinic opens at landmark Loblaws store

Primacy Management Inc., Canada's largest medical management firm, has opened a medical clinic at a new, landmark Loblaws supermarket at the historic Maple Leaf Gardens building in Toronto.

Walgreens, HHS serve up flu shot vouchers to uninsured

Walgreen Co. is working with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to distribute more than $10 million of free flu shot vouchers to Americans without health insurance and those unable to afford a vaccination.

NCPA program offers front-end assistance

The National Community Pharmacists Association is lending community pharmacy owners a hand in developing better business opportunities for front-end merchandise.

NACDS Foundation dinner raises nearly $1.8 million

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation raised $1.77 million for scholarships, research and charitable activities from 114 benefactors at the 13th Annual NACDS Foundation Dinner.

Take Care to run high-tech health center at Cisco HQ

Take Care Health Systems is slated to operate an employee health and wellness center at the San Jose, Calif., headquarters of Cisco Systems that will also remotely serve workers at the networking technology giant's campus in North Carolina.

Walgreens launches Web Pickup in Indianapolis

Walgreen Co. has introduced Web Pickup at stores throughout metropolitan Indianapolis, its second full market rollout of the service.

Rite Aid serves up online, in-store holiday promos

To continue the momentum from the Black Friday weekend, Rite Aid Corp. has launched a pair of new holiday promotions for shoppers perusing its website and/or its drug stores.

Pennsylvania Pharmacy Council opposes PBM merger

The Pennsylvania Pharmacy Council (PPC) has declared its opposition to the planned merger between pharmacy benefit managers Express Scripts Inc. and Medco Health Solutions.

Walgreens executive joins NCQA board

Jeffrey Kang, senior vice president of pharmacy, health and wellness services and solutions at Walgreen Co., has been named to the board of directors of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Holiday shopping: Strong start for drug stores

Drug stores were among the beneficiaries of the strong start to this year's holiday shopping season.

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