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Week of Mon, Apr 8th, 2013

CVS/pharmacy aims to spur mobile app use via
free smartphone promo

CVS/pharmacy is spreading the word of its mobile application's benefits via a new online promotion that offers up to 1 million free smartphones to consumers.

Consumer Reports: Discounters top drug stores on OTC prices

The leading discount chains are edging out the leading drug store chains when it comes to pricing on over-the-counter medicines, according to Consumer Reports.

CVS Caremark helps PBM clients save by driving generics use

An analysis by CVS Caremark Corp. shows that the company reined in its pharmacy benefit management clients' costs for medications, in part, through an industry-leading dispensing rate for generic drugs.

It's a profitable fiscal year for Rite Aid Corp.

Adding fuel to its turnaround, Rite Aid Corp. closed out fiscal 2013 with a profit — its first in six years — and in the fourth quarter posted its second consecutive quarter of net income.

Walgreens research points to new approach for ACOs

By taking a different approach to classifying patient populations, health systems can do a better job of avoiding "triple fail" events, or outcomes that fail to advance population health, reduce health care costs and improve the patient experience, according to a research article from Walgreen Co.

Bartell to provide diabetes screenings at expo

Bartell Drugs pharmacists will be lending a hand this weekend at the American Diabetes Association Seattle Expo.

Duane Reade goes live with mobile app

Duane Reade has launched its first mobile application for iOS devices and is ramping up its involvement in social media.

Cardinal rolls out latest Rx abuse education toolkit

The Cardinal Health Foundation and the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy have introduced Generation Rx University, the fourth in a series of interactive toolkits designed to combat prescription drug abuse.

Pharmacists seek broader immunization authority in Texas

Representatives of Texas pharmacy groups, independent pharmacists and industry experts are calling for passage of state legislation that would widen access to immunizations for children.

South Carolina's health chief tours MinuteClinic

Tony Keck, director of South Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services, toured a MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinic inside a CVS/pharmacy in Columbia, S.C.

Carpenter puts her stamp on CACDS

In her first days as president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores, Denise Carpenter has started to instill a renewed sense of purpose in the organization.

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