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London Drugs chief executive Powell to retire

London Drugs president and chief executive officer Wynne Powell plans to retire late next month.

Diabetes testing supplies bill endorsed by NCPA

The National Community Pharmacists Association has voiced its support for the Diabetic Testing Supply Access Act (S. 1935), sponsored by Sens. Jerry Moran (R., Kan.) and John Thune (R., S.D.).

CVS Caremark closes Coram infusion acquisition

CVS Caremark Corp. has finalized its $2.1 billion deal to acquire Coram LLC, the specialty infusion services and enteral nutrition business of home health care provider Apria Healthcare Group.

Pharmacies assess rapid diagnostic testing

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation is funding research grants with the University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy and the Ferris State College of Pharmacy that enable patients to be tested for strep throat and influenza in 80 pharmacies in the Midwest.

NCPA: Medicare Part D Rxs often cost more from preferred pharmacies, mail order

Prescription drugs obtained via preferred pharmacies and mail order often cost more for the Medicare Part D program and its beneficiaries than if the scripts were filled through nonpreferred pharmacies, according to a National Community Pharmacists Association cost comparison using the Medicare Plan Finder website.

CVS/pharmacy gets under way with Project Health

CVS/pharmacy has commenced its annual Project Health wellness campaign, which the drug chain said will provide over $15 million of free health services to multicultural communities nationwide this year.

Walgreens reaches goal in UN life-saving vaccine campaign

Walgreen Co. is donating the value of 3 million vaccines for children in developing nations with the completion of its immunization initiative in partnership with the United Nations Foundation's Shot@Life campaign.

NACDS: Total Store Expo exhibit space filling up fast

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores reported that 90% of the exhibit hall space is sold out for the 2014 NACDS Total Store Expo.

'Purchase power plays' highlight the drive for scale in global pharmaceutical channel

Recent "purchase power combination plays" by drug chains and pharmaceutical distributors underscore the urgency to build scale in the global prescription drug channel, according to a report by Fitch Ratings.

As part of study, Meijer offers free testing for flu, strep throat

A dozen Meijer pharmacies in Michigan are providing free diagnostic testing for influenza and strep throat as part of a research collaboration, and as health officials in the Midwest warn of increased flu activity.

Research backs expanded Medicare eligibility for MTM

Medication therapy management (MTM) can improve health care and lower medical costs, and eligibility criteria should be modified make MTM services available to more Medicare beneficiaries, according to an article in the January issue of the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy.

Tops, Klingensmith's pharmacies adopt adherence solutions

Tops Friendly Markets Pharmacy and Klingensmith's Drug Stores have enlisted technology solutions from VoicePort LLC to help pharmacy patients take their medications as prescribed.

Walgreens steps up flu shot shipments in California

A rise in the incidence of flu in California has led Walgreen Co. to ship additional supplies of influenza vaccine to its stores in the state.

NCPA: Synchronization programs boost adherence

Patients who opt in to medication synchronization programs offered via their community pharmacy stay on their therapy much longer and are much more likely to adhere to their prescriptions, a new study project by the National Community Pharmacists Association found.

Cardinal Health online game teaches teens about Rx abuse

As part of its Generation Rx educational campaign, the Cardinal Health Foundation is launching an online video game to teach teens about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse.

Walgreens affiliates with Colorado health system

Walgreen Co. has entered a clinical affiliation with Centura Health, a health care network serving Colorado and western Kansas.

Rx wholesaler H.D. Smith turns 60

For H.D. Smith, 2014 marks the pharmaceutical distributor's 60th year in business.

Diplomat acquires American Homecare Federation

Specialty pharmacy Diplomat has acquired American Homecare Federation (AHF) Inc., a provider of hemophilia pharmacy services.

2014 Outlook: Industry adapts as pharmacy evolves

Chain drug executives in the United States and Canada expect 2014 to be a pivotal year for the industry as the changing face of health care is impacting community pharmacies on both sides of the border.

McKesson bid to buy Celesio falls short

McKesson Corp. said it has failed to gain the necessary shareholder support for its $8.4 billion deal to acquire Germany-based pharmaceutical distributor Celesio.

CVS study gauges optimal adherence measure

CVS Caremark Corp. said new research it conducted with Brigham and Women's Hospital validates the efficacy of a widely used standard for optimal medication adherence.

Safeway provides flu vaccination incentive

With many states seeing a rise in flu cases and flu-related hospitalizations, Safeway Inc. is giving customers some incentive to get immunized.

Rite Aid donates water to West Virginians affected by chemical spill

The Rite Aid Foundation is donating 15,000 cases of water to the American Red Cross West Virginia Region to help communities in the greater Charleston area that are under a water ban.

NCPA survey: Painkiller controls impact vulnerable patients

It can be difficult for vulnerable patients with chronic pain, such as seniors and those with cancer, to obtain prescription painkillers that can provide relief, a survey by the National Community Pharmacists Association found.

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