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Walgreens, CareOne pilot Rx program for seniors

CareOne and Walgreen Co. have partnered on program to provide day-of-discharge medications to patients before they leave its senior care centers and return home.

NACDS Foundation unveils Faculty Scholars inaugural class

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has announced the 2012-13 inaugural class for its Faculty Scholars Program.

Take Care Health opens clinic at Notre Dame

Take Care Health Systems has opened a wellness center on the University of Notre Dame campus.

Cardinal community pharmacy show gets under way

Cardinal Health Inc. has kicked off its Retail Business Conference (RBC), the company's annual trade show for independent pharmacies, which has drawn more than 7,000 attendees.

Walgreens tabs ex-McDonald's CEO as chairman

Walgreen Co. has named James Skinner, former chief executive officer of McDonald's, as nonexecutive chairman, succeeding Alan McNally.

Poll: Bigger basket likely for back-to-school shoppers

Retailers can expect consumers to boost their spending for school supplies, clothing and other needs this back-to-school shopping season, according to a survey by PriceGrabber.

NCPA video, website take aim at PBMs

The National Community Pharmacists Association has launched a video and a website that it said shines a light on wasteful practices by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) that end up costing patients, employers and other health care stakeholders.

SXC, Catalyst name merged company Catamaran

Now merged, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) SXC Health Solutions Corp. and Catalyst Health Solutions Inc. unveiled a new name and brand for the company: Catamaran.

Walgreens creates portal for mobile app developers

Walgreen Co. is making tools available to outside software developers to integrate its photo services into their mobile applications.

Jean Coutu store network sees sales climb in 1Q

Solid gains in the pharmacy help lift sales at Jean Coutu Group's franchised drug store network for the fiscal 2013 first quarter.

Kerr Drug promotes Gregory to store operations SVP

Mark Gregory has been appointed senior vice president of store operations at Kerr Drug.

Pharmaca unveils Natural Beauty Bar

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy has introduced the Natural Beauty Bar, a new concept aimed at enhancing the chain's identity as a beauty care destination in the Los Angeles area.

In Florida, Walgreens expands menu of immunizations

New regulations in Florida have enabled Walgreen Co. to make a wider array of vaccinations available at all of its 851 drug stores in the state.

Rite Aid serves up summer deals via social media

Rite Aid Corp. is offering 10 days of savings via digital postcards on its Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages that chronicle the travels of "the Rites," the retailer's Rite Aid-loving digital family.

Duane Reade opens another landmark NYC store

Duane Reade continues to make its mark in Manhattan's Financial District with the grand opening of another "up market" drug store in the historic American Surety building at 100 Broadway.

Pharmacy retailers claim Pfizer delayed Lipitor generics

The nation's largest drug chain has joined with four supermarket retailers in suing Pfizer Inc. and Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. for allegedly scheming to delay the introduction of generic versions of Lipitor, Pfizer's blockbuster cholesterol-lowering drug.

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