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Calif. bill would require sharps containers with diabetes needle, lancet purchases

The National Diabetes Volunteer Leadership Council has voiced its opposition to legislation in California that would require people with diabetes to buy sharps disposal container each time they purchase needles and lancets.

Ex-Fed chief Bernanke to speak at Total Store Expo

Ben Bernanke, former chairman of the Federal Reserve System, will be one of the keynote speakers at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo in Boston this August.

Shoppers Drug Mart summer campaign to include online portal

This week, Shoppers Drug Mart is launching "This Summer—Only at Shoppers," a summer seasonal promotion that will introduce hundreds of exclusive "must have" products and an interactive online portal.

Merlo honored for CVS' phaseout of tobacco products

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has recognized Larry Merlo, president and chief executive officer of CVS Caremark Corp., with its Champion Award for the company's leadership in reducing tobacco use.

PhRMA: Rx out-of-pocket costs higher in exchange health plans

Under Silver health benefit plans with combined deductibles offered via health insurance exchanges, patients may have to pay more than twice as much out of pocket for prescription drugs overall as they would under a typical employer plan, according to a study commissioned by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

BIO calls on Delaware governor to OK biosimilars bill

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and the Delaware BioScience Association (Delaware Bio) are urging Delaware Gov. Jack Markell to sign legislation that would establish a pathway for the substitution of interchangeable biologic drugs.

NACDS RxImpact generates grassroots support on state bills

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores RxImpact grassroots program sent action alerts to pharmacy advocates in Delaware and Louisiana regarding on state legislation on biosimilars and immunizations.

CVS, MinuteClinic affiliate with four regional health systems

Reflecting new approaches emerging in today's changing health care landscape, CVS Caremark Corp. has formed clinical affiliations with four major regional health systems in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Georgia.

Walgreens' Wasson joins AmerisourceBergen board

Walgreen Co. president and chief executive officer Greg Wasson has been elected to the board of directors of AmerisourceBergen Corp.

Future pharmacists up to Rx adherence challenge

The National Consumers League (NCL) and its partners have announced the winners of the third annual Script Your Future Medication Adherence Team Challenge for pharmacy and other health profession students.

Navarro rolls out new mobile health station

Navarro Discount Pharmacy has launched a new Mobile Health Station to help improve community health in South Florida.

CVS sponsors effort to fight lung cancer in women

CVS Caremark Corp. is sponsoring a new women's health initiative from the American Lung Association called Lung Force.

Stop & Shop to open FastCare clinic in Connecticut

Stop & Shop is opening an in-store health clinic in Fairfield, Conn., in tandem with Norwalk Hospital FastCare.

Coram CVS opens new branch pharmacies

Coram CVS/specialty infusion services has opened new branch pharmacies in El Paso, Texas, and in Richmond, Va.

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