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Issue 12-12-2011

Affordable Care Act headed for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — Regardless of which way the Supreme Court rules next year on a challenge to President Obama’s health care overhaul, the decision is likely to have major implications for community pharmacies across the country. The law — formally known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — is set to bring more than

CVS Caremark fills key posts

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark Corp. has undergone a series of personnel changes, including the departure of the drug chain’s vice president of consumer health care merchandising and the promotion of three other executives. Jim Trappani, CVS’ top health care merchandiser, who also headed the company’s multicultural merchandising efforts, has left the company, and vice

NACDS taps Jaeger as advocate for pharmacy

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Former Generic Pharmaceutical Association head Kathleen Jaeger has joined the National Association of Chain Drug Stores as senior vice president of pharmacy care and patient ­advocacy. NACDS executives say Jaeger, who resigned earlier this year as executive vice president and chief executive officer of the National Community Pharmacists Association, will serve as

Rx groups contest Medicaid cuts

NEW YORK — The backlash over Medicaid prescription reimbursement cuts has intensified in California and Texas. In California the National Association of Chain Drug Stores has joined with groups representing pharmacists, doctors and dentists to sue the state over a 10% reimbursement rate cut in its Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal. In Texas an outcry

Navarro pushes ahead with store openings

MIAMI — Navarro Discount Pharmacy has opened its 30th store, a unit in Homestead, Fla., as the regional drug chain moves forward with its expansion strategy. Navarro’s next unit, one of more than 20 planned additional outlets, will premiere in Pembroke Pines in Broward County in the spring. “Due to the strength of the Navarro

NACDS Foundation draws strong support

NEW YORK — Community pharmacy chains and supplier companies kicked in over $1.77 million for scholarships, research and charitable activities at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation’s annual dinner here late last month. NACDS FOUNDATION DINNER Kerr Drug chief executive officer Tony Civello, CVS Caremark CEO Larry Merlo and Merlo’s wife, Lee Ann,

Web Pickup part of Walgreens’ Indianapolis push

INDIANAPOLIS — Walgreen Co. has rolled out its new Web Pickup service at stores in this metropolitan area, giving online shoppers a brick-and-mortar pickup option. Indianapolis is the second full-market rollout for Web Pickup, which lets consumers shop at Walgreens.com and get their merchandise at a Walgreens outlet in as little as an hour. The

RxImpact Day gets rescheduled

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A change in the 2012 congressional calendar has caused the National Association of Chain Drug Stores to reschedule March’s NACDS RxImpact Day on Capitol Hill. The new dates for the event will be March 21 and March 22. NACDS explains that RxImpact Day had to be rescheduled because a change to the

SDM helps launch diabetes awareness campaign in Canada

TORONTO — A Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM) store in north Toronto was used as the launching pad for CANRISK, a program to encourage Canadians to better understand diabetes and take action to help keep themselves from becoming afflicted with it. Canadian Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq and SDM executive vice president of pharmacy and health care

Rite Aid does part in fight against diabetes

WASHINGTON — Rite Aid Corp. has teamed up with UnitedHealth Group and the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington on a diabetes prevention and control program here. The effort is called the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance, and it is offering two separate programs — one through retail pharmacies and the other through YMCA centers. “Rite Aid

CDMA sets date for annual trade show

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Chain Drug Marketing Association (CDMA) will hold its 86th Annual Trade Expo at the Gaylord Palms Resort here from January 23 through January 26. The event will bring together suppliers and representatives of regional drug chains, regional drug wholesalers, independent pharmacies, grocery stores and convenience stores. Buyers will discuss business opportunities

Drug chains’ early holiday gift

NEW YORK — This year’s holiday shopping season got off to a strong start, and drug chains were among the early winners. According to a National Retail Federation (NRF) poll conducted by BIGresearch, 14% of the more than 3,800 consumers surveyed — representing a national sample of 18.4 million people — shopped at drug stores

Walgreens gives mobile customers new option

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreen Co. has added scannable coupons to its mobile applications, offering exclusive discounts to its smartphone customers. Coupons range in value from 50 cents to $5 and are good toward a variety of products including beauty items, gifts, consumables and everyday essentials such as diapers. Scannable coupons provide optimal convenience, with no

Bloom’s arrival a catalyst for Family Dollar

If initial indications offer any guarantee of an eventual outcome, Mike Bloom’s arrival as president and chief operating officer at Family Dollar Stores promises to benefit the dollar retailer in ways almost too numerous to detail. One difference between CVS, where Bloom was head of merchandising and supply chain, and Family Dollar is apparent at