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Week of Mon, Oct 14th, 2013

New officers named at NCPA

The community pharmacist members of the National Community Pharmacists Association have elected a slate of leaders for the upcoming year, including a new president.

Bumpy road to broad availability of biosimilars

Biosimilar drugs, which could have provided cost relief to the nation's health care system as early as this year, have been delayed, putting more pressure on patients and payers as the demand for specialty medications is projected to climb by double digits through the end of the decade, according to the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP).

Kroger appoints new president, COO

Completing a succession plan unveiled last month, Kroger Co. has named Michael Ellis as president and chief operating officer.

Panetta to keynote NACDS Annual Meeting

Former secretary of defense and CIA director Leon Panetta will be the keynote speaker for the 2014 NACDS Annual Meeting.

CVS launches new spin on weekly circular

CVS/pharmacy is putting a new twist on the weekly sales circular with the debut of a personalized, digital version called myWeekly Ad.

Healthcare Clinics affiliate with WellStar in Atlanta

WellStar Health System and Walgreen Co.'s Healthcare Clinic have entered a clinical collaboration agreement in the northwestern Atlanta market.

MinuteClinic enters new markets in Calif., N.C.

MinuteClinic has opened its first walk-in medical clinics in Northern California, the San Francisco Bay Area and coastal southeastern North Carolina.

Ritzman acquires Mast Pharmacy stores

Ritzman Pharmacies Inc. has acquired Mast Pharmacy, which has five stores in northeastern Ohio.

Coalition devises Rx adherence action plan

The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE), a coalition including key pharmacy industry stakeholders that aims to improve communication on the safe and proper use of medicines, has released a 10-step Adherence Action Agenda that highlights the costly problem of poor medication adherence.

Last flu season took heavy toll, Walgreens study finds

A Walgreen Co. study reveals that the 2012-13 flu season was one of the nation's worst in over a decade, having two to three times the impact over a more typical flu season on the workplace, school, family and other area of people's daily lives.

Duane Reade kicks off hosiery digital campaign

Duane Reade has begun a three week, omnichannel social media marketing campaign to raise awareness of Duane Reade-brand hosiery products, made by Doris International.

CVS lends hand in Part D plan comparisons

With the start of the open enrollment period, CVS/pharmacy is offering seniors a convenient way to assess Medicare Part D prescription drug plans.

Health Mart showcases mobile app

Health Mart is providing on-the-go Rx services with the launch of the Your Pharmacy Online mobile application.

Walgreens offering free Part D plan reviews

With this year’s Medicare Part D registration period overlapping with open enrollment for the new health insurance marketplaces, Walgreen Co. has recognized a growing need to help Medicare beneficiaries understand their drug coverage options.

Rexall, PharmaSmart in MTM joint venture

Rexall Pharma Plus is partnering with Rochester, N.Y.-based PharmaSmart International Inc. on medication therapy management.

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