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FTC urged to back pharmacist 'provider status' bill

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the Patient Access to Pharmacists' Care Coalition (PAPCC) have called on the Federal Trade Commission to support legislation that would further efforts to designate pharmacists as health care providers.

MinuteClinic opens first locations in central Georgia

MinuteClinic has opened its first retail health clinics inside CVS/pharmacy stores in central Georgia.

RediClinic earns certification for weight loss program

RediClinic's Weigh Forward weight/lifestyle management program has been certified by the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) as meeting evidence-based standards for healthy weight loss.

NCPA endorses bill to expand preferred Rx networks

The National Community Pharmacists Association is endorsing federal legislation that aims to expand preferred pharmacy networks in underserved areas for members of Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit plans.

CVS seeks accreditation as 'community pharmacy'

CVS/pharmacy is the first drug chain to pursue a new designation from health standards body URAC: Community Pharmacy Accreditation.

Pharmaca readies debut of 25th store

Later this month, Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy plans to open the doors to its 25th store, located in Greenwood Village, Colo.

NACDS Foundation grants to support study of post-discharge care

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation is awarding three research grants totaling $1.8 million to study the impact of pharmacist collaboration in helping patients manage medications and avoid readmissions after discharge from the hospital.

Duane Reade app update brings iBeacon technology

Duane Reade has released the first update to its mobile application for the iPhone, including the integration of Apple's iBeacon technology for 10 Duane Reade drug stores.

Alliance Boots to buy two Latin American drug chains

Global pharmacy, health and beauty retailer and wholesaler Alliance Boots plans to acquire Farmacias Ahumada (FASA), the retail pharmacy business of Mexico-based Grupo Casa Saba S.A.B. de C.V. (Casa Saba).

CVS research finds correlation between co-pays, adherence

A new study by researchers at CVS Caremark Corp., Aetna and Brigham and Women's Hospital found that eliminating co-payments for preventive medicines for post-heart attack patients can greatly improve medication adherence and health outcomes for nonwhite patients.

NACDS partakes in White House event honoring ACA efforts

Representatives from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores were invited to a White House reception held to thank those who helped in the transition to the new health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Kmart taps Diplomat for specialty pharmacy services

Kmart has entered an agreement with Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy to expand access to specialty medications for Kmart Pharmacy patients.

Rite Aid appoints chief information officer

Information technology veteran Matt Lynch has joined Rite Aid Corp. as senior vice president and chief information officer

Walgreens sees same-store sales rise in April

April same-store sales at Walgreen Co. benefited from this year's later Easter holiday as the drug chain saw robust gains in the front end and the pharmacy.

Target CEO resigns in wake of massive data breach

Target Corp. chairman, president and chief executive officer Gregg Steinhafel is leaving the retailer in the aftermath of the data breach late last year that took its toll on profits, rattled customer confidence and prompted congressional hearings.

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