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Rite Aid promotes Rx executives

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. has promoted retail pharmacy veteran Dan Miller to senior vice president of pharmacy. Filling Miller’s former post as vice president of pharmacy operations is Karen Staniforth, who was promoted from regional pharmacy vice president. Miller, 53, a pharmacist with 30 years of retail pharmacy experience, will oversee day-to-day

Interactive, mobile features added to

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark Corp. has added interactive and mobile features to its web site. A spokesman says the new features enhance the user experience by providing instant access to prescription management tools, important health information and customer savings. The creation of Mobile ( gives customers a secure, on-the-go pharmacy resource to find

Obama signs bill altering DME deadline

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Steve Anderson, president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, has praised President Obama for signing into law legislation that extends durable medical equipment (DME) accreditation. “We applaud President Obama for signing into law legislation that will extend the accreditation requirement for pharmacies to provide DME in

Eaton Apothecary units sold to Walgreens

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreen Co. has agreed to buy 12 Eaton Apothecary pharmacies in the Boston area from D.A.W. Inc. for about $19 million. The deal is slated to close within 90 days, according to Walgreens. “Today is a very special day for our Boston market,” says Dave White, Walgreens market vice president for Boston.

P&G aims to ‘play big’ in consumer health care

P&G aims to ‘play big’ in consumer health care

CINCINNATI — At first glance, Procter & Gamble Co.’s new Align brand looks like just the latest entry in the hot probiotics category. But on closer inspection, the product actually marks a key step in the supplier’s game plan to become the leading consumer health care company in the world. Of course, Procter & Gamble

NACDS raises voice in health care fight

WASHINGTON — The expected approval of the Senate Finance Committee’s health care bill may have brought reform closer to the end of the beginning than the beginning of the end. The panel’s passage of the bill, which appeared imminent at presstime, left obstacles to the enactment of legislation that ranged from small details to major

Rx groups file suits on Medicaid

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Groups representing community pharmacy have sued four states, saying that they are failing to provide Medicaid patients with access to the same care as everyone else. According to lawsuits filed in federal court by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), state pharmacy organizations and individual

Congress agrees to delay start of new DME regs

WASHINGTON — Though community pharmacy groups praised Congress’ decision last week to delay the accreditation deadline for pharmacies providing durable medical equipment (DME) under Medicare, they continue to seek an exemption for drug retailers. “In the debate over health care reform legislation, we continue to advocate for an exemption for pharmacy from this accreditation requirement,

Another tough holiday sales season foreseen

NEW YORK — Chain drug retailers may well escape the worst of what is expected to be a poor holiday sales season. Drug chains have been outperforming other trade classes, and demand for flu shots is expected to help sustain their momentum, notwithstanding generally gloomy forecasts for retailers overall. According to the National Retail Federation

Duane Reade ramps up brand efforts

NEW YORK — Looking to solidify itself as New Yorkers’ drug chain of choice, Duane Reade Inc. has kicked off the second phase of a massive advertising campaign and launched an exclusive brand of food and beverages. Executives at the 250-store chain say the print ads on buses, subways, phone kiosks, billboards and other outdoor

Riedl to retire from Walgreens

Riedl to retire from Walgreens

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Drug store industry veteran George Riedl will leave Walgreen Co. at the end of the year. He currently serves as senior vice president of pharmacy innovation and purchasing for the retailer. Since March, Riedl has overseen the introduction of a new pharmacy system in Florida and Arizona that centralizes administrative tasks and

Thompson promoted by Rite Aid

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Robert Thompson has been promoted to executive vice president of pharmacy at Rite Aid Corp. Thompson, 56, had been the retailer’s senior vice president of pharmacy operations. A pharmacist and seasoned veteran of the drug store industry, he will oversee pharmacy operations, pharmacy purchasing and managed care. Thompson’s responsibilities also include