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Week of Mon, May 6th, 2013

Assured Pharmacy set for major expansion

Specialty pharmacy operator Assured Pharmacy is embarking on a major expansion plan.

IMS Health: Per capita drug spending fell in 2012

An influx of new generic drugs and fewer patient health care visits contributed to a 3.5% decline in per capita U.S. spending on medications last year, according to the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

NACDS provides comment on compounding legislation

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores hailed a Senate committee for proposed changes to policies governing pharmacy compounding yet urged lawmakers to exercise caution regarding possible unintended consequences of some parts of its draft legislation.

CVS rolls out store-brand home care line

CVS/pharmacy has expanded its private-label offerings with Total Home, a new line of home care products.

Rite Aid marks first marketwide conversion

Greater Buffalo has become the first market in which Rite Aid Corp. has converted the majority of its outlets to its “wellness store” format.

Latest Walgreens flagship store to open in San Francisco

Walgreen Co. is set to hold the second grand opening for a new flagship store this month, this time in San Francisco.

Sam's Club health screenings include stress test

Stress will be among the health indicators that Sam's Club pharmacies will gauge at its latest round free health screenings.

Walgreens poll: Seniors skimp on Rx to manage costs

Cost is leading many Medicare Part D beneficiaries to skip medication doses and put off prescription refillls, a new survey from Walgreen Co. found.

New chief executive takes the helm at Pharmasave

Carmen Churcott has been appointed as chief executive officer at Pharmasave Drugs Ltd., one of Canada's largest drug chains.

NACDS hails Senate's OK of online sales tax bill

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores applauded the Senate's passage of legislation that would applying similar sales tax laws to online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores.

NCPA ads highlight value of community pharmacies

Leading into its 2013 Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., this week, the National Community Pharmacists Association is running ads to underscore the value of community pharmacies.

Pfizer enlists CVS for Viagra online Rx service

Pfizer Inc. aims to help consumers feel more confident about buying Viagra online with the launch of a new purchasing website powered by CVS/pharmacy.

Rite Aid tour to offer free skin cancer screenings

Rite Aid Corp. will provide free, full-body skin cancer screenings as the presenting sponsor of The Skin Cancer Foundation's annual Road to Healthy Skin Tour.

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