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Week of Mon, Feb 6th, 2012

Walgreens unveils 'more robust' weekly ad circular

Walgreen Co. has relaunched its weekly advertising circular with a new look and feel for the print edition plus what it called a "more robust" digital version that is more interactive and offers hundreds of extra items through the chain's website and mobile applications.

NACDS to CMS: Quit publishing draft FUL lists

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should stop publishing draft federal upper limit (FUL) lists based on average manufacturer price (AMP) until the formal rulemaking process on AMP is finished, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores urged. 

Shoppers Drug Mart ends fiscal year on strong note

Despite a challenging environment for retail pharmacy and consumer spending, Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. posted healthy sales and earnings gains for its fiscal 2011 fourth quarter and full year.

Rite Aid's immunization program wins APhA honors

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) next month plans to present its Immunization Champion Award to Rite Aid Corp. in recognition of the drug chain's comprehensive vaccination program.

Winn-Dixie promotes cardiovascular health

Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. is touting its food and drug stores as a destination for consumers looking to maintain or improve their heart health.

CVS gets under way with Project Health

CVS/pharmacy has launched of Project Health, a wellness program aimed at providing over $21 million of free health screenings to multicultural communities.

Safeway recruited for diabetes prevention alliance

Food and drug retailer Safeway Inc. is joining the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance (DPCA), formed by UnitedHealth Group in tandem with the YMCA and retail pharmacy operators.

NACDS primes industry for Total Store Expo

At its Regional Chain Conference here this week, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores turned the industry's eyes toward its upcoming Total Store Expo, a new event announced last year that melds three key NACDS trade shows.

Kinney Drugs makes merchandising staff changes

Kinney Drugs Inc. has promoted a pair of managers and shifted the roles and duties of other staff as part of a strategic realignment of its merchandising department.

CVS ups guidance due to Walgreens PBM scrap

Fourth-quarter revenue at CVS Caremark Corp. surged by double digits, lifted by a major pharmacy benefit management contract, and management raised its first-quarter earnings guidance to reflect potential sales gains from the dispute between Walgreen Co. and Express Scripts Inc.

Lawmakers go to bat for pharmacist-led MTM

Reps. Mike Ross (D., Ala.) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R., Wash.) have called on fellow members of the House of Representatives to support their legislation to enhance the accessibility of pharmacist-administered medication therapy management (MTM) services.

Duane Reade's 40 Wall Street store honored for design

Duane Reade's flagship store at 40 Wall Street in Manhattan took first place in the convenience store/pharmacy category at the Retail Design Institute's 41st annual international awards program.

Regional Chain Conference: NACDS leaders sound call to action

With some critical issues at hand for community pharmacy, leaders of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores are calling on industry members to speak up for the profession by participating NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill, its annual grassroots public policy initiative.

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