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Week of Mon, Aug 18th, 2014

Rexall bullish on pharmacists' health care potential

Rexall Pharma Plus was quick off the mark in training its entire professional staff to deliver vaccinations before last winter’s flu season arrived. By the early fall of 2013 most Canadian provinces had passed the legislation that enabled pharmacists to perform that function. In Ontario alone, Rexall pharmacists vaccinated some 160,000 patients. William Chung, senior vice president of pharmacy, regards the effort the company made as a keen investment.

Costco cultivates loyal base of Rx customers

The objective of most operators of retail pharmacies is to locate a store at a busy intersection, to include a drive-through window and to offer at least a limited number of Sunday hours. But Costco Wholesale Corp. takes a different approach in addressing the pharmacy customer.

Albertsons 'wellness pharmacists' part of patients' health care team

Albertsons LLC offers a full menu of health and wellness services designed to help its patients prevent or manage common chronic medical conditions, explains Daniel Salemi, president of pharmacy operations.

Aurora enlists specialty pharmacy platform from Armada

Aurora Health Care is partnering with Armada Health Care to provide a range of specialty pharmacy offerings to its patients.

Uniprix readies pharmacists for bigger role

Uniprix Inc. is anxiously awaiting some regulatory maneuvers to play out in Quebec that will enable the 387-store drug chain to broaden the scope of its pharmacists' practice.

Snapshot: The 2014 NACDS Total Store Expo

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores kicks off its second annual Total Store Expo this weekend in Boston, and attendees can look forward to a robust lineup of speakers, programs, events, tools and exhibits.

Delhaize America extends pharmacy services beyond Rx

For Delhaize America, which operates pharmacies under the Food Lion and Hannaford supermarket banners, customer service is a key priority.

Health Mart promotes pharmacist intervention

A major Star Ratings focus in Medicare Part D, medication adherence is an area in which community pharmacies and pharmacists are uniquely positioned to excel because of their strong clinical expertise and personal patient relationships, according to Health Mart president Steve Courtman.

USP joins Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has become a member of the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP) to help battle against the illegal online sale of medicines.

As part of Loblaw, Shoppers Drug Mart boosts pharmacy presence

It was not surprising that Loblaw Cos. was an eager buyer and Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM) a willing seller when the two companies, both giants in their respective sectors, came to an agreement for the purchase of SDM that was finalized in March of this year.

Family Dollar Stores nixes bid from Dollar General

Citing antitrust concerns, Family Dollar Stores Inc. has rejected an acquisition bid from Dollar General Corp.

Walgreens exec to keynote digital health summit

Adam Pellegrini, vice president of digital health at Walgreen Co., will present the keynote address at Parks Associates' "Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers" on Sept. 5 in San Diego.

NPCA testimony calls for more PBM transparency

The National Community Pharmacists Association has urged a key advisory panel to require pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to be more transparent about their fees and revenue streams with ERISA health plan sponsors that employ them.

EPIC Pharmacies names next CEO

Jay Romero has been appointed chief executive officer of EPIC Pharmacies Inc.

Walgreens: Better to get flu shot early

Walgreen Co. is urging consumers to get vaccinated early as it begins its yearly flu shot campaign.

CVS subsidiary Accordant earns disease management accreditation

CVS Caremark Corp.'s Accordant Health Services division has received full NCQA Patient and Practitioner Oriented Disease Management accreditation for programs supporting a range of chronic conditions and diseases.

Good Neighbor Pharmacy TV campaign to spotlight patients

Good Neighbor Pharmacy is calling on customers to "share their story" for a chance to appear in its upcoming national television advertising campaign.

Kroger wraps up acquisition of Vitacost.com

Kroger Co. has closed its acquisition of Vitacost.com Inc., an online seller of vitamins, dietary supplements and wellness products.

Analysis: Walgreens, Alliance Boots back on track

While Walgreen Co. disappointed many in the investment community by eschewing an inversion, the decision put an end to what had become a distracting sideshow for its partnership with Alliance Boots, with a growing chorus of elected officials and pundits criticizing the company for contemplating the move.

Bartell Drugs launches flu vaccine program

Bartell Drugs has gotten its annual seasonal flu vaccine program under way, offering vaccinations at its 63 Seattle-area drug stores as well as via an off-site flu clinic program serving area businesses and retirement communities.

Dollar General makes offer to buy Family Dollar

Dollar General Corp. has made a bid to acquire Family Dollar Stores Inc. for $8.95 billion, topping Dollar Tree Inc.’s $8.5 billion offer for the deep discount retailer.

CVS consumer survey sheds light on flu vaccinations

In launching its annual flu shot initiative, CVS/pharmacy released findings from a new survey showing that three in five U.S. adults, or 61%, are unaware of the importance of the high-dose flu vaccine in preventing flu for adults 65 years and older.

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