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Week of Mon, May 13th, 2013

Walgreens, Alliance Boots cleared to buy AmerisourceBergen stake

Walgreen Co. and Alliance Boots have been cleared by regulators to buy an equity stake in AmerisourceBergen Co. as part of their long-term partnership with the pharmaceutical distributor.

Poll: Pharmacy customers highly satisfied

New survey results from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. show that pharmacy customer satisfaction remains at a high level, and the vast majority of consumers aim to stay with their primary pharmacy.

Shoppers Drug Mart makes $500 million debt offering

Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. has issued $500 million (Canadian) in medium-term notes to refinance debt.

Pennsylvania doctors back bill for pharmacist immunizations

Doctors across Pennsylvania are urging state legislators to support House Bill 776, which would expand pharmacist-provided immunizations to children over age 7, according to the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association.

AmerisourceBergen names new board member

The board of AmerisourceBergen Corp. has elected Lon Greenberg as a new director.

Tavenner confirmed as CMS administrator

The Senate has confirmed Marilyn Tavenner as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Alliance Boots: 'Good progress' with Walgreens

In its first full-year report since entering its landmark partnership with Walgreen Co., Alliance Boots said the companies are making "good progress" toward realizing joint synergies and laying the groundwork for a full merger.

Poll: Women can save more on beauty purchases

By making greater use of coupons and discount codes and purchasing store-brand items, women could save more on beauty care purchases at chain drug and mass retailers, according to a survey from Consumer Reports.

Senators seek more scrutiny of preferred networks

Expressing concerns about patient access and costs, 16 senators have called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to take a closer look at the rising use of preferred pharmacy networks in Medicare Part D.

Rite Aid adds more digital elements to Nail Extravaganza

This year, Rite Aid Corp. is serving up more online content for its Nail Extravaganza digital campaign spotlighting nail art.

Gender, race impact adherence, CVS-led study shows

CVS Caremark-led research found that among those using statin drugs for cardiovascular disease, nonwhite patients were 50% more likely not to adhere to their medication than white patients, and women were 10% more likely to be nonadherent than men.

Walgreens' Good & DeLish ice cream stars in 'Celebrity Apprentice'

As part of Walgreen Co.'s sponsorship of "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice," the finalists and their signature Good & DeLish premium ice cream flavors were announced during the first of two season finale episodes.

Hillary Clinton to speak at Total Store Expo

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is slated to deliver an address at the NACDS Total Store Expo in August.

AmerisourceBergen closes sale of AndersonBrecon

AmerisourceBergen Corp. has finalized the divestiture of AndersonBrecon, its contract packaging business.

Walgreens extends network provider pact with CVS

Walgreen Co. has extended its agreement as a pharmacy provider in the national retail network of CVS Caremark Corp.'s pharmacy benefit management unit.

Criteria set for Certified Specialty Pharmacist credential

The Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB) has established policies for the Certified Specialty Pharmacist (CSP) credential.

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