Walgreens/Rite Aid Merger Amended and Extended January 30, 2017 By Valerie DeBenedette The merger agreement between Walgreens and Rite Aid has been modified and extended by six months. The combined company will have to divest an addition 200 stores and the price per common share that Walgreens is offering has gone down. Senator, NABP Call for Better Detection of Drug Interaction After Chicago Investigation January 30, 2017 By Christine Blank Senator Durbin and NABP call for new pharmacy safety policies in aftermath of Chicogo Tribune investigation. A Strategy to Boost Medication Compliance January 27, 2017 By Anthony Vecchione Looking for ways to increase medication compliance by challenging patients -- such as the elderly and those with mental illness? NCPA Embraces Value Over Volume Greater accountability for pharmacy benefit managers? That's just one of the goals of the President of the National Community Pharmacists Association. Finding Time to Counsel Patients: Make It the Priority January 26, 2017 By Valerie DeBenedette Every community pharmacist has the long lines and phones ringing off the hook. But there are ways to find time o counsel patients even when it is busy. Chains Step up Efforts Against Drug Abuse Naloxone can now be dispensed without a prescription in 33 states and Washington, DC. Here's how two big pharmacy chains are making the livesaving opioid antagonist more accessible. Automated Dispensing Systems -- One High-Tech Solution January 25, 2017 By Anthony Vecchione Health system pharmacies that require large-scale deployment of automated dispensing cabinets are faced with multiple challenges. Here's one solution. How You Can Help Prevent Opioid Abuse January 24, 2017 By Christine Blank Pharmacists are on the front lines of helping to curb abuse and misuse in the opioid epidemic. But how can you make this happen in the real world? Top 5 Things to Know About Future Drug Spending January 24, 2017 By Christine Blank How will money be spent on medications in the next 5 years? Here's a look at the top trends. Five Innovative New Products for Diabetes January 23, 2017 By Christine Blank Here's a quick overview of new drugs, a novel device that can replace fingersticks, and an “artificial pancreas” meant to make life easier for patients with diabetes.