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More executive changes at Walgreens

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreen Co. has announced a number of executive promotions. Wade Miquelon has been promoted to the position of executive vice president and chief financial officer, while John Spina was named corporate vice president of retail integration and new format development. Miquelon joined Walgreens as senior vice president and chief financial officer in

Ontario takes aim at drug costs

TORONTO — The government of Ontario is moving quickly to achieve further savings and greater efficiency in its drug plan. According to the province’s health ministry, there are five main reasons why a second round of reform is needed: There is a growing demand for prescription drugs, which will result in increased government costs; spending

Sussman will head MinuteClinic at CVS

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark Corp. has named Dr. Andrew Sussman president and chief operating officer of its MinuteClinic business. In addition, he has been made CVS Caremark’s senior vice president and associate chief medical officer. Sussman was previously executive vice president and chief operating officer of UMass Memorial Medical Center, the major teaching arm

RxImpact Day hits Washington

WASHINGTON — More than 100 community pharmacy advocates from over 30 states met with legislators as part of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ inaugural RxImpact Day on Capitol Hill on June 17. The meetings were supplemented by approximately 1,000 letters submitted through NACDS’ RxImpact web site as part of a grassroots campaign to

Rx groups file brief in AWP suit

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) have filed with a federal appeals court a legal brief challenging the First Data­Bank and Medi-Span Inc. settlements, which reduce average wholesale prices (AWPs). The two trade associations were joined in the brief by pharmacies asserting that the AWP

CVS starts consumer ‘engine’

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — This quarter CVS Caremark Corp. is slated to begin piloting its Consumer Engagement Engine, a data integration and intelligence solution that is designed to boost prescription drug adherence and effectiveness by providing a comprehensive view of the customer. Executive vice president and chief medical officer Troy Brennan outlined the system and its

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