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Week of Mon, May 20th, 2013

Target brings beauty concierge to more stores

Target Corp. has added beauty concierges in 96 stores in the Los Angeles and Orange County area and at 14 more stores in the Chicago area.

Ex-NCPA president testifies on compounding

Former National Community Pharmacists Association president Joseph Harmison testified at a House committee hearing that examined regulation of pharmacy compounding.

Lafley returns as P&G's CEO; McDonald to retire

A.G. Lafley has rejoined Procter & Gamble Co. as president and chief executive officer, taking over those posts from Robert McDonald, who is retiring.

Walgreens shuts tornado-damaged store in Okla.

Walgreen Co. said one of its stores in Moore, Okla., has been temporarily closed after sustaining severe damage from this week's devastating tornado.

NACDS: Don't force TRICARE patients to mail order

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has urged a House committee to reject proposals that could force military families and veterans to get prescriptions via mail order, possibly hiking costs for the TRICARE program.

Ralphs, Vons pharmacies provide diabetes guidance

Ralphs and Vons pharmacies have partnered with UnitedHealthcare and the YMCA to help Los Angeles County employees and their families prevent and manage diabetes.

Lawmakers back pharmacy deliveries of diabetes supplies

Forty-three U.S. representatives are questioning Medicare's decision to prohibit community pharmacies from providing same-day home delivery of diabetes testing supplies to homebound seniors.

PCAB shifts to unannounced inspections of compounding pharmacies

The Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) has approved a policy of unannounced surveys of pharmacies up for renewal and on an interim basis.

Bartell Drugs acquires pair of pharmacies

Bartell Drugs has bought two pharmacies from The Everett Clinic, a physician group practice based in Everett, Wash.

NACDS chimes in as Congress eyes Medicare reform

With congressional hearings this week on reforming Medicare, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores has provided comment on community pharmacy's role in the success of the 10-year-old Medicare Part D prescription drug program and called for program enhancements focused on the quality and affordability of care.

RxAlly presents pharmacist-led health care delivery model

RxAlly has published a white paper that delineates an individualized, health care delivery model for pharmacists.

Loblaw launches pharmacist BP check program

Loblaw Cos. has introduced a blood pressure monitoring program at its supermarket pharmacies.

Poll: Seniors content with preferred network plans

Seniors in Medicare Part D drug benefit plans with preferred pharmacy networks are satisfied with them, according to a survey released by Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA).

Kerr Drug launches synchronized Rx refills

Kerr Drug has introduced Simplify My Meds, a synchronized prescription refill service.

CVS to maintain Medicare coverage for diabetes supplies

Despite upcoming Medicare changes, CVS/pharmacy will continue to accept Part B coverage for diabetes supplies.

Rite Aid elects new board member

Bruce Bodaken, former chairman and chief executive officer of Blue Shield of California, has been elected to the Rite Aid Corp. board of directors.

Merlo: CVS aims to be part of health care solution

Three years before the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, CVS Caremark Corp. began to position itself to respond to the changes that are currently transforming the health care system. The merger that brought together the nation’s second-largest drug chain and No. 3 pharmacy benefits manager (which has since become No. 2) promised to extend the continuum of care and, in so doing, improve patient access, enhance outcomes and lower the cost of health care. After some early missteps, CVS Caremark has hit its stride and is making that vision a reality.

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