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Week of Mon, Jan 9th, 2012

Walgreens takes battle with PBM to Twitter

Walgreen Co. has brought its fight with pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Inc. to the social media site Twitter.

Rx-for-pseudoephedrine bill in California loses steam

In California, legislation to require prescriptions for over-the-counter medicines containing pseudoephedrine stalled in committee this week, with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores applauding opponents of the bill.

NCPDP readies for Technology & Business Conference

The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) has unveiled the list of speakers for its 2012 Annual Technology & Business Conference in May.

Pharmaca kicks off weight control challenge

Pharmacists at Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy is helping a group of customers with their weight-loss efforts with the launch of its first annual 30-Day Weight Management Challenge.

CVS Caremark: FTC probe now closed

CVS Caremark Corp. said it has settled a Federal Trade Commission investigation involving the Rx America subsidiary of Longs Drug Stores Corp., which CVS acquired over three years ago.

Annual meeting: Walgreens sticks to strategy

Walgreen Co. is well-positioned for growth with its "health and daily living store" strategy and will continue to move forward with innovations in retailing and pharmacy care, company executives said at the drug chain's annual shareholders meeting.

Shopko launches pharmacy mobile app

Shopko Stores has rolled out a mobile pharmacy application that enables customers to refill and manage their pharmacy prescriptions from a variety of smartphones.

NACDS, NCPA hail senators' action on FULs

A group of senators drew praise from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) for their efforts in questioning draft federal upper limit (FUL) lists for Medicaid generic drug reimbursement recently published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Winn-Dixie joins Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance

Food and drug retailer Winn-Dixie Stores is joining the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance (DPCA), an initiative aimed at battling the epidemic of diabetes, prediabetes and obesity.

CVS exec: Pharmacy Advisor spurs medication adherence

Helena Foulkes, executive vice president and chief health care strategy officer at CVS Caremark Corp., outlined the results of a company-led study showing that its Pharmacy Advisor program boosted medication adherence and physician initiation of prescriptions for concomitant medications for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes.

Walgreens to open new flagship store in Chicago

Walgreen Co. tomorrow plans to open a new, two-story flagship store on Chicago's historic State Street that sports expanded pharmacy and front-end offerings plus other innovative features not found in a traditional drug store.

Rite Aid appoints managed care executive

Wendy Barnes has joined Rite Aid Corp. as group vice president of managed care.

Customers embrace Rx discount program, Walgreens says

Continuing its efforts to retain business during the contract impasse with Express Scripts Inc., Walgreen Co. reported a record number of signups for its Prescription Savings Club.

Navarro lands financing as expansion rolls ahead

In the midst of a multiyear growth plan, Navarro Discount Pharmacy has secured $65 million in financing from GE Capital.

CVS to buy Medicare Part D business from Health Net

CVS Caremark Corp. plans to acquire the stand-alone Medicare Part D business of Health Net Inc.

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