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Week of Mon, Mar 17th, 2014

Walmart tests convenience store format

Continuing to drive its small-format strategy, Walmart is piloting a convenience store concept, called Walmart to Go, in its hometown.

Loblaw acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart approved

Loblaw Cos. has agreed to sell some stores and pharmacies in gaining approval from Canada's Competition Bureau to complete its acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart Corp.

Rx Response expands access to disaster response services

Rx Response, the biopharmaceutical supply chain initiative to ensure patient access to medications during natural disasters and other emergencies, has established a new membership structure to allow  individual companies to become direct members.

Duane Reade pilots weather report service

The latest digital initiative from Duane Reade aims to give New Yorkers a heads-up on the weather.

Advisers lift beauty to higher level at drug chains

One edge department stores traditionally have had in the beauty category is in-store cosmeticians who are authorities on makeup and fragrances, as well as skin care, hair care and nail care products. With the arrival of beauty advisers at chain drug and other mass retailers, that's no longer the case.

CVS offers talking Rx labels for visually impaired

CVS/pharmacy has begun providing ScripTalk talking prescription labels for prescriptions ordered for home delivery through its CVS.com online pharmacy.

Walgreens teams with nursing college to provide retail clinic experience

The Chamberlain College of Nursing and Walgreen Co. have teamed up to provide training opportunities for nursing students in a retail health clinic setting as well as advanced education programs for nurses.

L.A.-area ACO becomes Rite Aid Health Alliance partner

ApolloMed ACO has partnered with Rite Aid Corp. to provide disease management services to Los Angeles-area patients under the drug chain's Rite Aid Health Alliance program.

Cardinal Health pharmacy ad network engages consumers

Cardinal Health Inc.'s digital advertising network for retail pharmacies is proving to be an effective way to market products to consumers at the point of purchase, according to a recent audience research study by Nielsen.

State AGs call on major chains to end tobacco sales

The attorneys general of 28 states and territories have asked the chief executive officers of Walgreens, Rite Aid, Walmart, Kroger and Safeway to remove tobacco products from their stores.

Retail health clinics still encounter some resistance

In-store health clinics are becoming increasingly popular with retailers and their customers, who see them as more convenient and less expensive than doctors’ offices. But not everyone is welcoming retail clinics' rising popularity.

Medi-Cal cutbacks hit pharmacies

Pharmacies throughout California are sharing the pain of receiving fewer dollars for filling certain prescriptions in the aftermath of last month’s implementation of 10% reimbursement reductions by Medi-Cal, the state’s health coverage program for low-income residents.

Rexall adds to store base

Rexall has expanded its reach with a pair of new drug stores in Alberta.

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