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Week of Mon, Oct 7th, 2013

CPPA to create specialty pharmacy accreditation

The Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA) plans to develop an accreditation program for specialty pharmacy practices.

Gourlay fine-tunes Walgreens daily living team

Alex Gourlay, president of Walgreen Co.'s daily living business, this week announced adjustments to marketing and merchandising duties to simplify and coordinate the retailer's strategic direction going forward.

Analysis: Part D shoppers overlook out-of-pocket Rx costs

Most people don't include out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs when comparing Medicare drug benefits, and far fewer beneficiaries will hit the "doughnut hole" coverage gap this year, according to research by eHealth Inc.

Support builds for pharmacist-led medication therapy services

Medication therapy management (MTM) services continue to gain traction among consumers and on Capitol Hill.

MinuteClinic enters Louisiana

MinuteClinic has opened its first retail health clinics in Louisiana, marking the 27th state where it has a presence.

Generics squeeze 2Q sales at Jean Coutu Group

Price deflation from new generic drugs and government-driven price cuts for generics impacted revenue and same-store sales for the Jean Coutu Group and its franchise store network in its fiscal 2014 second quarter.

Rexall appoints chief merchant

Rexall Pharma Plus has confirmed that Mary Kelly has joined the company as executive vice president and chief merchandising officer.

CVS, Walgreens to offer American Express reloadable cash services

The nation's biggest drug chains are among the more than 20,000 stores that will offer the American Express Serve reloadable prepaid card and account, which now includes a free nationwide cash load network and new money management functionality.

Safeway offers shopping discount with flu shot

To encourage customers to get a flu vaccination, Safeway Inc. is offering a 10% off coupon for an entire shopping trip for those who get inoculated.

Walgreens rolls out suite of banking services

Over the coming months, Walgreen Co. is launching a package of financial services anchored by a co-branded cash card that can be linked to its Balance Rewards customer loyalty card.

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