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Good Neighbor Pharmacy bolsters member services

For pharmacy network Good Neighber Pharmacy, keeping its members abreast of changes in the pharmacy and health care sectors has been a pillar of its strategy of late.

Aurora Pharmacy sharpens specialty Rx focus

Aurora Pharmacy has built out its Aurora Specialty Pharmacy (ASP) business, which provides comprehensive, coordinated delivery and support services for patients who are prescribed high-cost oral or injectable medications to treat complex, chronic conditions.

Q&A: NACDS CEO sets pro-patient, pro-Rx agenda

Associations stand at the nexus of business and government, a critical juncture for retail pharmacy operators at a time when the nation’s health care system is experiencing the most sweeping changes since the mid-1960s, notes Steve Anderson, president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

Care Pharmacies amplifies its strengths

Regional drug chain Care Pharmacies is looking to step up expansion in 2014.

Hi-School Pharmacy prospers in fast-changing marketplace

Hi-School Pharmacy may have a history founded in the tradition of the classic corner drug store, but its forward thinking has kept it expanding in challenging times.

London Drugs, physician group facilitate care via Internet

Reflecting the innovation demanded in today's fast-changing health care arena, London Drugs is leveraging Web-based technology in a partnership with doctors working within Canada's national health service.

Health Mart pharmacies win with quality of care

As the health care role of pharmacists expands, McKesson Corp. pharmacy franchise Health Mart is investing to help members maintain and gain access to lives by empowering them win with patients and with payers.

CVS aids local police in safe drug disposal

CVS/pharmacy is working with The Partnership at Drugfree.org to establish a donation program that will enable local police departments to receive a drug collection unit to help their communities safely dispose of unwanted medications, including controlled substances.

Coalition starts petition vs. Alberta ban on pharmacy rewards

A coalition including Canadian food and drug retailer Sobeys Inc. has launched a petition urging the Alberta government to quash a ban by the Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP) that prohibits consumers in the province from earning loyalty points for pharmacy purchases.

Discount Drug Mart leverages hometown edge

With its local ownership and operation, Discount Drug Mart stands out from competitors in its Ohio market area, according to chief financial officer Tom McConnell.

FDA aims to include e-cigarettes in oversight of tobacco

The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a new rule that would extend its regulatory authority for tobacco to cover additional products, including electronic cigarettes.

Target Canada steers allergy sufferers to its pharmacists

As it pushes ahead with expansion in Canada, Target Corp. continues to spotlight its pharmacies.

CVS enhances redemption of digital rewards

CVS/pharmacy is enabling members of its ExtraCare loyalty program to transfer more of their rewards and savings offers directly to their cards.

NACDS endorses 'Better Care' legislation

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has voiced its support for bills in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that would improve care for patients with chronic conditions in the Medicare program.

New format helps expand Rexall's retail presence

Expansion at Rexall Pharma Plus has focused not only on the reach of the Canadian drug chain's store base but also its retail concept, according to chief executive officer Frank Scorpiniti.

Social media help Fruth Pharmacy get the word out

Fruth Pharmacy is a relatively small chain of 27 drug stores in West Virginia and Ohio. But it is a huge believer in the adoption of social media and other technology to use for the benefit of the front end and pharmacy.

Lawmakers: Transition time needed for final AMP-based FULs

Forty-nine congressmen have called on U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to adopt a one-year transition period for states to implement the July 2014 average manufacturer price (AMP)-based federal upper limits (FULs) for Medicaid prescription drug reimbursement.

MinuteClinic tops 20 million patient visits

MinuteClinic has exceeded 20 million patient visits since opening the nation's first store-based clinic in 2000, parent company CVS Caremark Corp. announced.

GSK, Novartis revamp businesses in sweeping deal

In a major, three-part transaction, GlaxoSmithKline PLC is selling its oncology business to Novartis AG for $14.5 billion, Novartis is buying GSK's vaccine business for $5.25 billion and the two companies are combining their consumer health care businesses in a joint venture.

Pharmaca set to step up expansion

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy is gearing up again for more rapid growth after adding just two stores since 2012.

Medicine Shoppe sharpens focus on pharmacy

Medicine Shoppe is concentrating on pharmacy performance this year after having one of its best years for new stores in 2013, according to John Fiacco, vice president of Medicine Shoppe and Medicap Pharmacies at Cardinal Health Inc.

PTCB adds patient safety CE requirement for Rx techs

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is including a new continuing education (CE) requirement for Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhTs) seeking recertification.

Walgreens expands travel health services

Walgreen Co. has broadened its travel health services, including immunizations and consultations with specially trained pharmacists who can help international travelers prepare for trips to India, China, Brazil, Aruba and Saudi Arabia and other destinations.

CVS/pharmacy plans to launch bill pay service

CVS Caremark Corp. has introduced Bill Pay at CVS/pharmacy, a bill payment service at its drug stores that helps customers manage their monthly health insurance premiums.

More Thrifty White stores to get Rx-focused format

Thrifty White Pharmacy plans to push ahead with more rollouts of its Healthy Outcomes format this year.

Pharmasave to roll out interactive pharmacy tool

This spring, Canadian chain Pharmasave Drugs plans to launch a new online initiative called Pharmasave eCare.

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