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Week of Mon, Aug 26th, 2013

Canadian food/drug retail market in state of flux

The prelude to Loblaw Cos.' blockbuster deal to buy Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. reflects pressures that are shaking up the playing field in Canada's food and drug retail market.

Albertsons begins flu vaccine program

Albertsons LLC has started offering flu shots without an appointment at its pharmacy locations.

MinuteClinic adds locations in Virginia

MinuteClinic has opened its first location in southwestern Virginia and soon plans more clinics in the area.

PTCB revamps pharmacy tech certification exam

An updated Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) is slated to be introduced by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) on Nov. 1.

In Pennsylvania, pharmacist immunization bill gains momentum

A pharmacy-focused coalition is calling on the Pennsylvania General Assembly to support legislation that would facilitate access to vaccines for school-age children and teens.

Shoppers Drug Mart unveils new beautyBOUTIQUE

Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. has opened the latest iteration of its beautyBOUTIQUE store-within-store concept in Toronto.

Walgreens enters clinical affiliation in Orlando

Walgreen Co.'s Healthcare Clinics has affiliated with Orlando Health, a central Florida health care group, to provide coordinated care and expanded health services.

Giant Food Stores opens new health clinic

Giant Food Stores has opened its fourth in-store health clinic, in Levittown, Pa.

RxAlly pharmacy alliance shut down

RxAlly, an alliance of more than 22,000 independent and regional pharmacies and Walgreen Co., has closed.

Drug chains kick off flu shot initiatives

With the back-to-school season in full swing, the nation's largest drug chains have gotten their annual flu shot programs under way.

NACDS engages policymakers with pharmacy tours

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has reached a milestone in conveying the value of community pharmacy to lawmakers, with its NACDS RxImpact pharmacy tours crossing the 100 mark.

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