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Navarro introduces Rx compliance packaging system

Navarro Discount Pharmacy has implemented a compliance packaging program that organizes a patient's prescription drugs into individual packets with labels and full instructions.

Sav-Mor/Sav-On Drugs to roll out biometric screening kiosks

Sav-Mor/Sav-On Pharmacies, a Michigan retail pharmacy network, plans to deploy PharmaSmart International Inc.'s biometric screening kiosk and health IT solution throughout its stores.

Price Chopper pharmacies debut Health Stations

Price Chopper Supermarkets has partnered with health insurer CDPHP to roll out health screening kiosks, dubbed Health Stations, at some of its in-store pharmacies in upstate New York.

SDM report calls for equal immunization access

A report from Shoppers Drug Mart points out that many more Canadians could be vaccinated for flu if pharmacists in all provinces were permitted to immunize.

NCPA supports measure to bolster Part D MTM coverage

The National Community Pharmacists Association has called on the Senate Finance Committee to support a proposal that would expand coverage of medication therapy management (MTM) programs in Medicare Part D.

Survey by Walgreens assesses flu season's impact

More than 11 million Americans had vacation plans disrupted by the flu during the 2012-13 flu season, underscoring the importance of getting vaccinated, according to a survey by Walgreen Co.

CVS, Cardinal Health to form generics joint venture

CVS Caremark Corp. and Cardinal Health Inc. plan to form a joint venture that they say will be the largest generic drug sourcing entity in the United States.

Walgreens offers daily health tests at Maryland stores

Walgreen Co. has begun providing daily health testing for cholesterol, blood glucose and body composition at more than 60 drug stores in Maryland.

Cardinal, PQA help pharmacies benchmark performance

Pharmacy Quality Solutions Inc. (PQS) is working with Cardinal Health Inc. to help 600 of its community pharmacy customers track their performance on Medicare Part D Star measures.

CVS encourages flu vaccinations with shopping pass offer

With the holiday season in full swing, CVS/pharmacy is offering consumers special savings if they get a flu vaccine at CVS or MinuteClinic.

Giant Eagle buys specialty pharmacy

Giant Eagle Inc. has acquired Rx21 Specialty Pharmacy, which the food and drug retailer said will allow it to provide enhanced services to hepatitis C and organ transplant patients and their providers.

Pharmacists cite spikes in generic acquisition costs

Pharmacy acquisition costs for many generic drugs have jumped by as much as 600% or more this year, impacting both community pharmacies and their patients, according to a survey by the National Community Pharmacists Association.

Fruth Pharmacy promotes Rx executive

Tim Weber has been promoted to vice president at Fruth Pharmacy.

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