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Walgreens to open ‘Community’ pharmacy in Michigan

BY Gina Acosta

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Walgreens is opening a new store in Grand Rapids, Mich., but it won't look like any other Walgreens.

The new store at 555 Michigan Street NE will be a smaller, speciality pharmacy that offers only specialty prescription drugs in a 2,000 square-foot space, according to mlive.com. The store is scheduled to open by the end of August.

Walgreens Community pharmacies are specialty pharmacies that provides patient care to help those managing complex conditions including cancer, cystic fibrosis, HIV, AIDS, hepatitis C and infertility, the company said.

Earlier this year Walgreens' Specialty Pharmacy unit received full specialty pharmacy accreditation from URAC, an independent health care accrediting organization that assesses quality standards for the health care industry.

“At Walgreens, everything begins with quality of care and having the external validation through URAC is an extraordinary achievement that underscores our commitment to helping patients lead healthier lives,” stated Mike Ellis, Walgreens corporate VP, specialty pharmacy.

Based on industry quality benchmarks, URAC reviewed and certified Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy centralized services based on clinical credentials, operating processes and patient management results, among other core standards.

Walgreens has been expanding its footprint of more than 230 specialty pharmacy locations.
 

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Report: Millennials serving as mentors to veteran Target workers

BY Gina Acosta

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Target and United Healthcare are among a slew of companies that are leaning on younger employees to keep veteran workers knowledgeable about technology, social media, and other evolving aspects of the marketplace in order to better engage and reach consumers. (Star-Tribune)

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Rite Aid features latest tech and college essentials for BTS

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. – To make sure students stay up to date with the latest technology, Rite Aid is debuting an 8.95-inch Windows tablet in time for back-to-school shoppers. Quality and affordable Craig products are also available including a 19-inch TV and 27-inch speaker tower.

"With Rite Aid's variety of unique and classic back to school items offered at outstanding prices, shoppers will find just what their students will need to academically succeed this school year, while shopping under budget," stated Tony Montini, Rite Aid EVP merchandising and supply chain.

For printing needs, Rite Aid carries a Canon printer, copy paper and ink cartridges by HP, Epson and Canon. For students on the go or away at school, Rite Aid carries a large assortment of cell phone accessories including wall and car chargers and colorful standard and wireless earbuds.

Whether a freshman or a senior returning for the final year, Rite Aid also carries the essentials needed to get college students situated for a fresh start with products such as sheet sets, hangers, lamps, laundry baskets and an assortment of new storage crates and trunks available in a variety of colors. Also available, appliances for college living including iron, coffee maker and toaster.
 

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