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Former President George W. Bush to deliver keynote at 2012 NACDS Annual Meeting

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Former President George W. Bush will serve as the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores in Palm Beach, Fla., NACDS announced.

“With its focus on the intersection of business, politics and policy, the NACDS Annual Meeting has established itself as the premier event for leaders in retail, pharmacy and the supplier community. President Bush’s participation as the keynote speaker in 2012 reflects and advances this event’s impressive legacy,” NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson said. “President Bush led the U.S. response in some of the most critical moments in our nation’s history, and we are eager to hear his remarks at a time of no less uncertainty.”

The 2012 NACDS Annual Meeting, which will be held Apr. 21 to 24, 2012, brings together decision makers and executives from retail drug stores, suppliers and other healthcare partners.

For more information on the 2012 NACDS Annual Meeting, click here.


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‘The Whistleblower’ arrives on Blu-ray, DVD

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES — A thriller starring Academy Award winners Rachel Weisz and Vanessa Redgrave is coming to Blu-ray and DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

"The Whistleblower" tells the story of a United Nations peacekeeper (Weisz) in post-war Bosnia, who uncovers a deadly sex trafficking ring and seeks to expose the corruption. The Blu-ray and DVD formats both include such features as special cast and crew interviews.

"The Whistleblower" will debut on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 24, 2012.

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Safeway boosts stock buyback

BY Allison Cerra

PLEASANTON, Calif. — The board of directors at Safeway announced that it has increased the authorized level of the company’s stock repurchase program by $1 billion.

With this boost, the program now totals $8 billion.

Through the end of the third quarter 2011, Safeway had repurchased about $6.1 billion of its stock and had approximately $900 million remaining under its stock repurchase program, the retailer noted.

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