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Issue 06-06-2011

Medication adherence pushed by CVS Caremark

WASHINGTON — Pharmacists should be central to efforts to remedy the confounding problem of medication nonadherence, experts said here at a panel discussion sponsored by CVS Caremark Corp. Pharmacists are more effective than doctors at fostering compliance, Dr. William Shrank of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School said at the roundtable, held late

Walgreens teams up with Johns Hopkins

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreen Co. and Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) have entered into an agreement designed to discover new methods to improve outcomes for patients with chronic diseases and reduce costs. Through their development of new models for improving care, the two plan to create new educational and training programs for Walgreens’ 70,000 health care

Canadian study gauges generic drugs’ impact

TORONTO — Although Ontario’s policy for reimbursing pharmacies for generic drugs has presented challenges for Shoppers Drug Mart and other retailers, researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have completed a study concluding that Canada could save almost $1.3 billion a year if all other provinces were to adopt Ontario’s model. Canadians pay among

Script Your Future blitz hits Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — CVS Caremark Corp. joined with the National Consumers League last month to launch the local front in a national campaign to educate Americans about the risk of taking medications improperly. “A complex problem like this has to be addressed on several levels,” said Mimi Johnson, health policy director for the National Consumers

Kerr helps customers dispose of unwanted drugs

RALEIGH, N.C. — Kerr Drug has become the latest drug chain to offer its customers a way to dispose of expired and unwanted medications. Late last month the 90-store chain began selling Sharps Compliance Corp.’s TakeAway Environmental Return System envelopes. The specially designed envelopes sell for $3.99 apiece. Users put their unwanted, unused or outdated

Rite Aid names Kelly group VP

CAMP HILL, Pa. — David Kelly, a development and real estate veteran with over 25 years of experience, has joined Rite Aid Corp. as group vice president of construction. He has been given overall responsibility for all store planning and construction services. Kelly, 46, will also play a key role in the company’s various segmentation

Coutu offers app for photo services

LONGUEUIL, Quebec — The Jean Coutu Group has debuted Jean CoutuPhoto Boutique, a mobile application function that enables iPhone users to order photo prints on the go. The new photo service, designed for the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad mobile platforms, is a first among Canadian pharmacies. Under Jean CoutuPhoto Boutique, iPhone users can

Gas rewards program introduced by CVS

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy has debuted a program designed to allow customers to earn free gas throughout the summer by shopping for essentials at its more than 7,200 locations nationwide. Under the program, which began last month and extends through August 28, members of CVS/pharmacy’s ExtraCare Rewards program can earn one $10 gift card to

Walgreens promotes personal care, beauty execs

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Mike Spear has been appointed divisional merchandise manager of the personal care division at Walgreen Co. The retailer has also assigned Lauren Vondrasek to its beauty team with responsibilities for fragrance, sunglassses, cosmetics bags and trial/travel. Spear has 21 years of retail experience, holding a variety of positions in sales, store operations,

New York City launches discount Rx card

NEW YORK — New York City has issued its first prescription discount card, the BigAppleRx card. The card, which is free and available to anyone who lives or works in New York or visits the city, can be used at most chain pharmacies. The card was introduced at a press conference held at the Target

CVS, Home Depot get help from Ken’s Krew

Sometime in the middle years of the 1990s, Ken Langone, a cofounder of Home Depot Inc. who has since become a legendary figure in U.S. entrepreneurial, business and financial circles, found himself in Philadelphia with some friends when he was introduced to a 16-year-old girl who suffered from Down syndrome. Most people would have quickly

Tom Ryan: An example for others to follow

Reading Chain Drug Review’s report “CVS — The Ryan Years” [in the May 23 issue] brought to mind an occasion five years ago when my wife and I, with our children in tow, set off one evening for a welcoming reception at the NACDS Annual Meeting. We were arriving early, but not for professional reasons.