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Week of Mon, Dec 5th, 2011

London Drugs photo site integrates social media

London Drugs has launched a new Photolab website that enables customers to log into and access images from Facebook, Flickr, Google+ and Picasa social media accounts and create a variety of photo products.

Walgreens to PBM: Let's make a Tricare deal

Walgreen Co. said more than 250,000 beneficiaries in the military's Tricare health plan have petitioned Express Scripts Inc. to keep the drug chain in its pharmacy provider network.

Bill seeks tougher penalties for counterfeit drug traffickers

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has endorsed legislation that aims to stiffen penalties on criminals engaged in trafficking counterfeit medications.

HHS nixes FDA OK of wider OTC use for morning-after pill

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has overruled a decision by the Food and Drug Administration that would have allowed women under age 17 to buy the Plan B One-Step morning-after pill without a prescription.

CVS ramps up mobile shopping platform

Catering to the swelling ranks of smartphone users, CVS/pharmacy has made the entire CVS.com catalog available to shoppers through its mobile site (m.cvs.com).

Senate PBM hearing: Retail Rx execs blast merger

Retail pharmacy executives told a Senate panel that the merger of Express Scripts Inc. and Medco Health Solutions Inc., if approved, could lead to higher prescription drug costs and limit patient access to pharmacy services, in turn negatively impacting health outcomes.

Consumers satisfied with Rx coverage, survey says

When it comes to prescription drug benefits, cost matters much more to consumers than access to every branded medication and local drug store, according to a survey commissioned by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA).

Senators urge close FTC scrutiny of PBM merger

The National Community Pharmacists Association hailed a call by three U.S. senators for the Federal Trade Commission to make a careful examination of the proposed merger of pharmacy benefit managers Express Scripts Inc. and Medco Health Solutions Inc.

Rite Aid Xmas promotion aimed at Facebook fans

Rite Aid Corp. has launched "25 Deals of Christmas," a new seasonal promotion that offers its fans on the social media site Facebook the first chance at a limited number of high-value coupons for gifts and stocking stuffers.

Poll: Doctors should get final say on Rx

Most Americans want their doctor to make the call in determining which prescription medication they take for a certain condition, according to an AstraZeneca-sponsored survey.

Drug chains join in on CDC flu shot drive

National drug chains Rite Aid Corp., CVS Caremark Corp. and Walgreen Co. are reminding Americans to get their annual flu shot as part of National Influenza Vaccination Week.

Walgreens reports slim comp-store gain

Walgreen Co. saw same-store sales growth decline for the third straight month in November as several negative factors impacted the pharmacy, including the drug chain's stand-off with pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Inc.

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