Walgreens faces anti-tobacco effort ahead of annual meeting Two organizations opposed to tobacco sales at pharmacy chains are turning their attention to Walgreens’ annual shareholder meeting on January 26. Report: Pharmacists dispensing dangerous drug combos Walgreens, CVS Health and other drug chains promised to improve procedures after a Chicago Tribune investigation found that pharmacists at several retail chains filled prescriptions with dangerous drug combinations. Analyst: CVS’ OptumRx deal amps up competition Last month, OptumRx and CVS Pharmacy announced that they are partnering to provide more convenient choices and lower costs for patients. Omnicare to pay $28 million for kickback scheme Omnicare agreed to settle claims that it conspired with Abbott Laboratories “to engage in a number of disguised kickback arrangements to increase overall use of Depakote,” Walgreens expands 90-day pharmacy program offering October 10, 2016 By Anthony Vecchione The retail chain has linked itself with EnvisionRx. The Evolution of Group Purchasing Organizations October 10, 2016 By Valerie DeBenedette Somewhere in the United States, there may be a retail or specialty pharmacy that is not part of a group purchasing organization (GPO). If there is such a pharmacy, it is very hard to find. Battling DIR Fees The profitability of both chain and independent pharmacies is being affected by direct and indirect remuneration fees that insurers are retroactively charging pharmacies after filling Medicare Part D prescriptions. Some customers say CVS pill bottles miss the target Some customers are upset over CVS Pharmacy’s switch to different pill bottles than the ones Target has used for more than a decade. Pharmacy chains cited for selling e-cigs to minors Select Walgreens, Rite Aid, and other chain drugstores were among those cited by the FDA for selling e-cigarettes, e-liquid, and cigars to minors.