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Week of Mon, Apr 9th, 2012

Rite Aid CEO: More wellness stores on the way

Rite Aid Corp. is stepping up the rollout of its "wellness store" format this fiscal year.

Humana offers employers Walmart Rx Network option

Walmart is the pharmacy provider in a new pharmacy benefits option offered to employers by health insurer Humana Inc.

Take Care offers Medicare wellness visits

Take Care Health Systems has begun offering Medicare patients wellness visits that provide an array of preventive health care services.

Rite Aid's results improve in 4Q, full year

Rite Aid Corp. saw its revenue grow and its net loss shrink for the fiscal 2012 fourth quarter and full year but fell short of analysts' earnings forecast.

Kentucky bill takes aim at PBM pharmacy audits

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores hailed the enactment of legislation in Kentucky that would require transparency in pharmacy audit processes conducted by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).

New director named to Walgreens board

Walgreen Co. has elected Jan Babiak to its board of directors.

Rite Aid responds to pertussis outbreak in Washington

Rite Aid Corp. has boosted supplies of the pertussis booster vaccine Tdap at its 140 drug stores in Washington after the state's health department reported "epidemic" levels of whooping cough.

MinuteClinic aids in diabetes monitoring

This spring MinuteClinic is offering a free monitoring visit to diabetes patients to help them better control the disease.

Cub Pharmacy to offer diabetes management program

Cub Pharmacy is joining UnitedHealth Group's Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance (DPCA), giving Cub Foods pharmacy customers access to the alliance's Diabetes Control Program for managing type 2 diabetes.

Pharmacists at Rite Aid provide Rx compliance counsel

Rite Aid Corp. pharmacists have begun offering personalized reports that show how well patients are doing in following their prescription medication regimens.

Walgreens: Retail gets nod over mail for 90-day Rx

A Walgreen Co. study comparing usage rates of patients filling 90-day prescriptions via community pharmacies and mail order found that when co-pay costs are similar, patients preferred the community pharmacy channel option by four to one. 

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