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Issue 09-27-2010

Walgreens realigns top executives

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreen Co. has promoted two key executives and changed the reporting structure within its top management team. The moves are meant to streamline decision making, letting the company move more quickly while improving execution throughout the drug chain. The promotions involve Kermit Crawford, executive vice president of pharmacy services, and Mark Wagner,

Rite Aid, Save-A-Lot to test co-branded format

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Rite Aid Corp. is teaming up with Supervalu Inc.’s Save-A-Lot chain to try out a new twist on the food/drug combination store idea. The two retailers plan to co-brand the pharmacy chain’s 10 stores in Greenville, turning them into drug stores that include an extensive offering of low-price groceries. The stores will

Walmart fills key merchandising post

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has promoted Duncan Mac Naughton to executive vice president of consumables, health and wellness, and Walmart.com, putting him in charge of one of four newly created core merchandising areas. Mac Naughton had been chief merchandising officer at Walmart Canada after serving as executive vice president of merchandising and marketing at Supervalu

Generic drug impact on health care costs charted by CBO

WASHINGTON — A new study from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) underlines the dramatic cost savings afforded by the use of generic drugs in Medicare. According to the CBO, in 2007 generic drug use saved seniors and the federal government $33 billion. The Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) hailed the report. “Once again it is clear

Health care reform remains controversial

WASHINGTON — A flurry of recent opinion polls indicate that more Americans take a negative view of the health care reforms enacted earlier this year, even though they strongly approve of specific measures. While the rancorous political debate and partisanship that surrounded passage of the legislation has evidently played a major role in shaping attitudes,

Fight against flu now in full swing

NEW YORK — Flu shot programs are now in full force at drug store, discount store and supermarket chains. Kerr Drug, for one, has launched an unprecedented effort to meet the demand for flu immunizations. The company began its flu shot campaign earlier than ever this year, providing vaccinations at all of its stores without

Medication adherence: Active patient key to care

SAN DIEGO — Medication adherence, compliance and persistence are closely related terms, but all require the involvement of an active patient in order to be successful, according to David Nau, senior director of research and performance measurement at the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA). The alliance is represented by a group of diverse health care stakeholders

Rite Aid unveils Prescriptions for Education

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. and Just Between Friends, a group that works with community-based organizations, have launched a program that will see the drug chain donate to parent teacher groups when patients switch their prescription to a Rite Aid store. Called Rite Aid Prescriptions for Education, the prescription transfer program will see

Rx: The convenient health care alternative

No keener rivalry exists in all of retailing than that between CVS and Walgreens, America’s largest and most successful drug chains. Each brings to that competition an arsenal of creative weapons unprecedented in the 100-year history of chain drug retailing in America, one that turns on some of the most impressive marketing programs ever conceived

Cost of health care yet to be addressed

During the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Pharmacy and Technology Conference at the end of August, Steve Anderson, the organization’s president and chief executive officer, was heard to say that when it comes to health care reform he used to think we were in the fourth inning of a nine-inning game. Now it looks