McKesson ideaShare sparks new tools, programs

Mark Walchirk, president of McKesson’s U.S. pharmaceutical unit, addresses attendees.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Nearly 5,000 attended McKesson ideaShare 2014, held July 20 to 24 in Orlando, Fla., including more than 1,000 community pharmacies, more than 600 exhibitors and more than 300 first-time attendees.

“We continue to see transformation in the market driven by the emphasis on positive patient outcomes, continued growth of preferred networks and a focus on retail pharmacies’ ability to impact Star ratings,” said Mark Walchirk, president of McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical.

There are a number of factors driving the pace of change, Walchirk said, from health reform to an aging population, to the growth in specialty and improving adherence — each are opportunities to drive growth. “If you can improve adherence by 10%, 20%, 30% in this country, what a huge opportunity that is for growth,” he said.

To that end, one major highlight of the show was McKesson’s new Adherence Performance Reporting solution. Based on a store’s own pharmacy-management system data, the new tool provides pharmacy owners with an adherence rating similar to the CMS Star ratings.

Drug Store News produced a co-branded e-newsletter edition to follow the action at McKesson ideaShare 2014. For highlights, visit


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