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Walgreens serves up free A1C, glucose testing

Walgreen Co. and its Take Care Clinics are offering free health testing for hemoglobin A1C and blood glucose at more than 3,000 locations through the end of this month.

Jean Coutu goes live with online boutique

The Jean Coutu Group has launched a new online boutique offering gift sets for the holiday season along with a range of beauty care items.

Rite Aid offers diabetes program in Cleveland

Rite Aid pharmacists in Cleveland are participating in UnitedHealth Group's Diabetes Control Program (DCP) to help people living with diabetes better manage their condition.

Walgreens raises over $4 million for Red Cross Sandy relief

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Walgreen Co. and the American Red Cross have raised more than $4 million through drug store customer donations to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund since Nov. 5.

MinuteClinic affiliates with San Antonio physician group

MinuteClinic has formed a clinical affiliation with UT Medicine San Antonio, the academic medical practice of the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

WellCare Medicare benefit consultants staffed at Walgreens stores

WellCare Health Plans Inc. is working with Walgreens to staff some of the drug chain's stores in 12 states with Medicare benefit consultants.

CVS waives co-pays in communities hit hard by Sandy

CVS/pharmacy is waiving prescription co-payments, deductibles and other financial liability at 45 stores in several New York City boroughs and on Long Island that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Kroger to acquire specialty pharmacy operator

Kroger Co. plans to acquire Axium Pharmacy Holdings Inc., a leading specialty pharmacy.

Congress gets NCPA's input on compounding

The National Community Pharmacists Association has provided comment and research on compounding pharmacy services to two congressional committees holding hearings on the meningitis outbreak at the New England Compounding Center (NECC).

Walmart adopts Rx package that promotes adherence

Walmart pharmacies have enlisted a new, eco-friendly pharmaceutical package that also helps patients comply with their medication regimens.

County Rx discount card saves residents $500 million

Residents in counties that participate in the National Association of Counties (NACo) Prescription Discount Card Program have saved over $500 million on their medications since the initiative's launch in 2004, according to data from NACo and CVS Caremark.

CVS launches mobile photo printing service in stores

A new service at CVS/pharmacy enables customers to upload digital images from a mobile device to Kodak stations in its stores to create a wide range of photo products.

Rite Aid steps up Sandy relief, including in-store donations

Through its corporate nonprofit foundation, Rite Aid is donating another $100,000 to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts and is slated to launch a national in-store fundraising program.

Vons, Smith's pharmacies in Las Vegas aid in diabetes management

Pharmacies of Kroger Co.'s Smith's and Safeway Inc.'s Vons supermarket chains are launching UnitedHealthcare's Diabetes Control Program in Las Vegas and surrounding communities in Clark County, Nev.

Loblaw tabbed as preferred pharmacy provider

Loblaw Cos. has been named the preferred pharmacy service provider for the Towers Watson Canadian Rx Coalition, a network of private-sector drug plan sponsors.

NCPA survey spotlights value of compounding services

With compounded medications under scrutiny after the meningitis outbreak in Massachusetts, a survey by the National Community Pharmacists Association underscores the value of compounding services to community pharmacies and their patients.

Shoppers Drug Mart sees 3Q sales climb

Front-end business and script count growth helped boost sales at Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. in the third quarter.

Thrifty White enlists Rx pouch dispensing system

Thrifty White Pharmacy has been able to hone its pharmacy workflow and develop innovative medication programs for patients with the help of an automated image verification and collation system from TCGRx.

Webinars explain e-prescribing of controlled substances

A coalition of southeastern Michigan-based employers and health insurers is offering pharmacists and doctors free webinars on electronic prescribing of controlled substances.

Drug chains give Hurricane Sandy recovery update

The nation's largest drug chains — Walgreen Co., CVS Caremark Corp. and Rite Aid Corp. — report that they have reopened nearly all the stores impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Quick Care Clinics open at Jewel-Osco pharmacies

Edward Hospital today opened two Quick Care Clinics at Jewel-Osco supermarket pharmacies outside metropolitan Chicago.

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