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Week of Mon, Jan 16th, 2012

Sam's Club gets new CEO; Walmart U.S. gets COO

Walmart has named a new chief executive officer for Sam's Club, whose current CEO is leaving, and promoted another executive to chief operating officer of Walmart U.S., a newly created position.

NACDS Foundation to fund MTM research

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to study the health impact of pharmacist-led medication therapy management (MTM) in care teams.

NCPA: Medicare Part D patients 'duped' into preferred pharmacy networks

The National Community Pharmacists Association is calling for a special enrollment period for Medicare Part D patients who claim deceptive marketing led them to sign up for a prescription drug plan with a restrictive "preferred pharmacy" network.

Walgreens debuts new format in Indianapolis

Walgreen Co. has officially reopened 68 stores in the Indianapolis area that have been converted to the drug chain's new "health and daily living" format.

Bank praised by NCPA for nixing mandatory mail order

The National Community Pharmacists Association has applauded Regions Bank for rescinding its policy requiring employees to fill prescription drugs for chronic conditions via mail order pharmacies.

Take Care Clinics enable online appointments

Take Care Health Systems has added a real-time scheduling option in which patients can now set up Take Care Clinic appointments online or in the clinic.

Shoppers Drug Mart, RBC plan co-branded bank card

Shoppers Drug Mart and Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) are slated to introduce a co-branded banking account and debit card that will offer extra benefits through the retailer's Shoppers Optimum rewards program.

Harris Teeter eyes new pharmacy customers

Harris Teeter has launched an incentive program to lure shoppers to its pharmacy.

Ontario pharmacists pitch smoking cessation expertise

It's National Non-Smoking Week in Canada, and Ontario Pharmacists' Association (OPA) is alerting consumers looking to kick the habit that they can turn to their local pharmacist for help.

FDA finishes work on drug user-fee programs

The Food and Drug Administration has completed recommendations for three user-fee programs that commissioner Margaret Hamburg said will expedite the introduction of generic drugs and biosimilars to the market.

CVS adds digital redeem option to ExtraBucks

CVS/pharmacy has expanded on its "Send to Card" option for members of its ExtraCare customer loyalty program.

Q&A: Wasson sheds light on Express Scripts dispute

Despite an 11th-hour attempt, Walgreen Co. was unable to come to contract renewal terms with Express Scripts Inc. and the new year began without a deal in place, putting the drug chain out of the pharmacy benefit manager’s network. In an interview with Chain Drug Review, Walgreens chief executive officer Greg Wasson discusses the implications of the impasse for patients, payers, the company and the retail pharmacy business.

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