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Week of Mon, Mar 12th, 2012

N.J. governor urged to oppose PBM merger

New Jersey lawmakers have taken a stand against the proposed merger of Express Scripts Inc. and Medco Health Solutions Inc. and called on Gov. Chris Christie (R.) to oppose the deal, which would create the nation's biggest pharmacy benefit manager.

Navarro's 31st store opens doors in Broward County

Navarro Discount Pharmacy has opened its 31st store, located in Pembroke Pines, Fla.

NACDS, NCPA hail Utah bill on PBM audits

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association praised the Utah state legislature for passing a bill that would require audits conducted by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to be fair and rational.

Shoppers Drug Mart poll gives insight on debit use, rewards

A consumer survey by Shoppers Drug Mart and Royal Bank of Canada sheds some light on the differences between women and men in debit card use and the value of rewards programs.

APhA, Cardinal present GenerationRx Award

At the American Pharmacists Association's (APhA) Annual Meeting and Exposition here, the Cardinal Health Foundation and APhA received the inaugural APhA GenerationRx Award of Excellence, which honors a pharmacist for outstanding efforts in the prevention of prescription drug abuse.

Walgreens to use Surescripts clinical network for immunizations

Walgreen Co. plans to use Surescripts' Clinical Interoperability services to electronically send patient data directly to primary care providers, with the goal of improving the coordination of care.

Senators ask about Rite Aid's 'wellness ambassador'

Addressing concerns expressed by two U.S. senators, Rite Aid Corp. has clarified the role of its "wellness ambassadors," a key feature of the drug chain's new "wellness store" format.