From the Blogs

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Staying alive

"Consumerism is alive and well in the retail healthcare industry. Empowered, committed, and demanding, today’s shopper has embraced change and rapidly taken control of their personal health and well-being," writes Hamacher Resource Group VP Dave Wendland. 

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Move the ball back

"Successful retailers are credited with being innovative. And I think innovation means stretching beyond traditional boundaries," writes Hamacher Resource Group VP Dave Wendland in his latest blog post. 

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What’s your strategy for diabetic patients?

"The diabetic is a critically important patient for pharmacies to serve. Yet, with increased Medicare audits, stringent compliance requirements and reduced reimbursements, is servicing these patients really worth it?" writes Kevin Dore, a director at Emdeon, in his latest blog.

 

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Acquisitions galore

"The consumer healthcare market has experienced a steady stream of mergers and acquisitions in recent years. Some of this has created small ripples — like pebbles being gently tossed into still waters. Then there are the mega-mergers that have had a tsunami-like effect," writes Dave Wendland, Hamacher Resource Group VP, in his latest blog entry.

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The seven deadly sins of business

"The seven deadly are a list of rebellious vices that historically have afflicted mankind. The center of each vice is the tendency to focus too much on one’s self and not enough on others. Sounds like the criticism many buyers have of a number of today’s top sales and marketing leaders, doesn’t it?" writes Dan Mack, founder of the Mack Elevation Forum, in his latest blog post.

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Say what?

"Some suggest that the art of effective communication has been lost forever. We are living in a world of instantaneous, rapid-fire communication. I fear that our desire to respond rather than reflect has resulted in a society that spends more time trying to clarify rather than progressing," writes Dave Wendland, Hamacher Resource Group VP, in his latest blog entry.

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A statement that government needs to take seriously

"The Congressional Research Service is a nonpartisan and objective arm of the Library of Congress that analyzes issues for legislators' consideration. Its inclusion of this statement in its report on prescription drug abuse shows progress in telling both sides of this complex issue. However, much more needs to be done to ensure legitimate access to these medications for patients," writes Steve Anderson, NACDS President and CEO, in his latest blog entry.

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Community pharmacists’ prescription for Congress: A dose of common sense

"Should a Medicare senior’s “preferred” pharmacy be nine hours away by plane? Should a community pharmacy be reimbursed $300 below its cost of acquiring and dispensing a lifesaving drug? Should patients endure long trips for basic health services that a local community pharmacist is qualified to provide? Of course not," writes National Community Pharmacists Association CEO, B. Douglas Hoey in his latest guest blog entry.

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Staying one step ahead with packaging

"With advertising and other forms of traditional media playing a less dominant role in how consumers interact with brands, breaking through with packaging is more significant than ever," writes Crystal Bennett, partner at Little Big Brands, in her latest blog post.