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Week of Mon, Apr 16th, 2012

Dispose My Meds offers online pharmacy locator

Sharps Compliance Corp. and the National Community Pharmacists Association are making it easier for consumers to safely dispose of unused and expired medications at their local pharmacy.

Consumer groups support lawsuit against PBM merger

Consumer groups have filed a legal brief in support of a lawsuit by retail pharmacy organizations and operators to stop the merger of Express Scripts Inc. and Medco Health Solutions Inc.

Katz CEO: Pharmacists embrace expanded role

Compared with their U.S. counterparts, Canadian pharmacists are being called on to play a bigger part in the delivery of health care, according to Katz Group Canada chief executive officer Frank Scorpiniti.

Hi-School sizes up opportunities, challenges

Hi-School Pharmacy isn't letting the challenges of being a small drug chain get in the way of efforts to branch out its pharmacy business.

Bartell Drugs to grow to 59 stores

Bartell Drugs is hatching plans to open its 59th store next year.

NCPA to assemble pro-pharmacy lawmakers

The National Community Pharmacists Association has unveiled its lineup of congressional speakers for next month's 2012 Legislative Conference, which will bring together community pharmacists and senior Washington decision-makers to discuss key pharmacy and health care issues.

Fruth Pharmacy sharpens technology focus

Fruth Pharmacy has taken a novel approach to pharmacy automation in a long-term agreement with technology provider Kirby Lester.

Walgreens names supply chain operations chief

OfficeMax executive Reuben Slone is slated to join Walgreen Co. next month as senior vice president of supply chain management.

CVS: 'Doughnut hole' spurs nonadherence among CV patients

Medicare Part D cardiovascular patients are much more likely to stray from their medication regimen when they enter the "doughnut hole" coverage gap, a CVS Caremark research collaboration found.

Supreme Court sides with generics supplier

The Supreme Court has ruled that Novo Nordisk’s description of the patent for Prandin, its diabetes drug, is too broad.

Walgreens, Lilly team on hypoglycemia campaign

Walgreen Co. and Lilly Diabetes have kicked off a campaign for people with diabetes that educates them about one of the most consequences of the disease: hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar.

Pharmaca eyes new markets as e-tail sales rise

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy's thriving Internet business has been popular in markets far from the chain's western U.S. operating area, laying a "beachhead" for store openings in the East, according to president and chief executive officer Mark Panzer.

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