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Week of Mon, Mar 31st, 2014

Study: Walgreens program cuts hospital readmissions

Walgreen Co.'s WellTransitions program is significantly reducing hospital readmissions, according to new research from the company.

Walgreens in deal to form new work-site health firm

Walgreen Co. is selling a majority stake in its Take Care Employer Solutions subsidiary to Water Street Healthcare Partners as part of a deal that will create a new work-site health services company.

NACDS government affairs exec to chair NASPA committee

Sandra Guckian, vice president of state government affairs for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, has been named chair of the associate member advisory committee of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) for 2014-15.

Rite Aid reports sales uptick for March

Comparable-store sales edged up in March at Rite Aid Corp. despite the negative impact of the timing of Easter this year on front-end business.

Same-store sales at Walgreens gain in March

Walgreen Co. saw same-store sales climb in March, as strong results in the pharmacy overcame the negative impact of this year's later Easter holiday in the front end.

Walmart names new health and wellness chief

Labeed Diab has been appointed senior vice president and president of health and wellness at Walmart U.S.

CVS Caremark to co-host retail/health challenge

CVS Caremark Corp. has agreed to co-host the annual Wake Forest School of Business Retail and Health Innovation Challenge through 2018.

London Drugs steps up recycling drive

London Drugs is aiming to double the amount of materials recycled in stores over April of last year, in recognition of Earth Month.

Bartell Drugs, Rite Aid aid relief efforts for Wash. mudslide

Bartell Drugs and Rite Aid Corp. are donating funds to aid rescue and relief efforts for the devastating mudslide in Oso, Washington.

Study: ACA fuels rise in Medicaid prescriptions

The number of Medicaid prescriptions has surged as a result of expanded eligibility brought by the Affordable Care Act, according to Symphony Health Solutions.

Lawmakers question TRICARE Rx mandatory mail program

Nine congressmen have expressed concern about the patient impact of a new mandatory mail-order prescription drug program for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) TRICARE health benefits plan.

Publix pharmacies urge customers to 'Lock Your Meds'

This month, Publix Super Markets pharmacies in Florida are promoting the Lock Your Meds campaign of nonprofit group Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership to help prevent prescription drug abuse.

Rite Aid acquires health coaching company

Rite Aid Corp. has acquired Health Dialog Services Corp., a Boston-based provider of health coaching, shared decision-making and health care analytics.

Industry mourns passing of Longs Drugs' Bob Long

Bob Long, who led Longs Drug Stores Corp. for more than 20 years, died Thursday after a long illness.

Final push as ACA health coverage deadline nears

With open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ending today, federal officials have taken to social media in a last-ditch effort to urge Americans to sign up for health care coverage.

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