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Walgreens unveils new Chicago flagship store

Walgreen Co. has opened the doors to its latest flagship store in Chicago inside the historic Noel State Bank building.

CVS, Walgreens CEOs urge action on 'fiscal cliff'

The chief executive officers of CVS Caremark Corp. and Walgreen Co. are calling on Congress and President Obama to work together to reach a resolution on the looming "fiscal cliff."

Jean Coutu to enable contactless debit transactions

Jean Coutu Group is slated to accept Interac Flash contactless debit transactions at its more than 400 drug stores in Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario.

IACP: FDA had authority to act against NECC

The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) has asked Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to explain why the agency didn't take specific actions to address complaints it had received about the New England Compounding Center (NECC), which federal officials say is responsible for the deadly meningitis outbreak.

Mobile devices fuel 'showrooming' trend, poll shows

A brow-raising bargain price may lure shoppers into the store, but if they're mobile device users, chances are they'll leave and end up making the purchase online, an Accenture Interactive survey finds.

Walgreens mobile app to offer Black Friday coupon

Walgreen Co. is adding a little "mystery" to Black Friday for mobile shoppers.

Ontario pharmacists question OxyContin generic

The Ontario Pharmacists' Association (OPA) has come out in support the provincial government's call for Health Canada to defer the approval of generic OxyContin, a narcotic painkiller.

Study: Consumables gobbling up retail space

Store space is growing for consumables and, in turn, shrinking for nonedible products in the food, drug and mass retail channel, according to a study by Kantar Retail and Crossmark.

Rite Aid, CVS gear up for Black Friday, Cyber Monday

Rite Aid and CVS/pharmacy have rung in the holiday shopping season with a range of deals and promotions heading into Black Friday, following up with more offers on Cyber Monday.

Bartell kicks off Space Needle promo

Bartell Drugs has launched "Rocket to the Top of the Space Needle," a promotion being done in tandem with one of Seattle's marquee attractions.

NACDS, health groups call for action on drug abuse, diversion

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has teamed up with pain care advocacy and other health organizations in calling on lawmakers to help address the problem of prescription drug diversion and abuse.

Ontario looks to widen scope of Rx practice

Marshall Moleschi, registrar of Ontario College of Pharmacists, told his audience at the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores 2012 Conference that policy makers and the health care community are keen to see pharmacy professionals practice to their full scope.

Pharmacy operators adjust to post-election landscape

Chain drug retailers are awaiting the implications of President Barack Obama's re-election for the looming fiscal cliff, while gearing up for the now certain rollout of the health care reform law.

CACDS sizes up challenges of changing business model

Adding new services to an established business model, as community pharmacy is now in the process of accomplishing, is challenging but it can be done profitably, said Steve Wilton, vice president of pharmacy affairs at the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores, at CACDS’ annual conference.

CVS, Kodak extend photo printing pact

CVS/pharmacy and Eastman Kodak Co. are expanding their retail photo printing relationship through 2016.

Rx pricing key to pharmacy customer satisfaction

Pharmacy customer satisfaction with prescription drug pricing has had its ups and downs in recent years, but there are some surprising differences across pharmacy types, according to research from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc.

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