Drug Channels on Thursday released its latest ranking of pharmacies based on total prescription revenues, with Walgreens Boots Alliance the largest of retail pharmacies, followed by CVS Health and Walmart. "We estimate that total revenues of retail, mail and specialty pharmacies reached $364.1 billion in 2015, up 12.1% from 2014," wrote Adam Fein, CEO Drug Channels Institute. "The top tier of dispensing pharmacies ... accounted for about 64% of U.S. prescription dispensing revenues in 2015." (Drug Channels)
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Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Stefano Pessina on Thursday discussed merging cultures between Walgreens and Boots Alliance and the U.S. retail pharmacy market with Bloomberg. "The U.S. has a very complicated structure of delivering drugs to the patient, starting from the manufacturer, the health plan, the PBM, the distributor, the pharmacies," Pessina said. "There are a lot of dissynergies and a lot of waste ... if we could compact the [pharmaceutical supply] chain, it would make it more integrated and we would save a lot of money." (MSN)
The Daily Mail on Thursday reported that the plot of land where 19 women were hanged as part of the Salem witch trials - a place known as Proctor's Ledge - today overlooks a Walgreens location. "[We] asked locals where they thought [Proctor's Ledge] was and ever last one of them told us to go to this location," Wicccan Michele Ruscitti, who visited Salem in 2006 with her husband, told the New York Post. "I found it odd, since the town embraces their history, that there were no markers there. None ... just a Walgreens on the corner." (Daily Mail)