Special Reports

With rising healthcare costs, fewer patients visiting physicians and some 30 million people standing to gain insurance under healthcare reform and entering an already bottlenecked system, CVS Caremark has been working to position itself along the front lines and leverage its broad-reaching points of care to lower overall healthcare costs and improve patient outcomes.

Behind every prescription that lands at the pharmacy counter is a series of
events that influence the prescriber’s decision. Powered by data from SDI
Health, Drug Store News goes inside the examination room in this exclusive
report, providing an in-depth look at the critical factors that shape
pharmaceutical sales trends and shift market share from one drug to another
in 10 key market segments.

Drug Store News' 2010 edition of ECRM Health Care details the successes and challenges of eight healthcare product categories that influence the retail drug store and supermarket industries: digestives, allergy/cough-cold, internal analgesics, external analgesics, eye care, ear care, first aid and foot care. Also included is a bonus peek into the most recent edition of The Mack Elevation Forum and its discussion of SKU rationalization. Click below to download the free PDF of ECRM Health Care...

It wasn’t too long ago that SKU rationalization became commonplace, as many retailers attempted a course correction toward more profitable sets — establishing performance metrics that possibly favored bigger brands and their store-brand equivalents over slower-moving and slower-building brands. In other words, niche products. But now retailers are acknowledging they may have cut too much, opening a pathway of opportunity for many suppliers, especially those of promising niche brands. And, as...

Executives from Boiron, Quigley and Hyland's discussed the success of homeopathic remedies at mass retail, consumer and practitioner education around homeopathy, and how the safety and efficacy concerns surrounding allopathic cough-cold medicines have impacted the homeopathic sector.

Drug Store News realized a long time ago that the retail pharmacy business is a whole lot bigger than just the pure-play drug channel. It’s food, drug, mass and independents, public companies and private companies alike. It’s anywhere in America there is a pharmacy counter operating in a retail environment. That is the way that DSN defines retail pharmacy in 2010. In the pages that follow, DSN’s editors profile the Top 50 pharmacy retailers in America, measuring all of these very different...

In today's consumer-driven healthcare environment, simply satisfying a patient is not enough; patients want to feel a personal connection. They want to be engaged. This fact has not gone unnoticed at Take Care Health Systems and, judging by the results of a recent Gallup survey, the clinic operator is taking the patient experience to a whole new level and paving the way for improved patient outcomes.

Leading retail pharmacy executives from Rite Aid, H-E-B, Kmart, Kerr Drug, Health Mart and Giant Eagle, as well as a select group of suppliers, met in New York City in December 2009 for Drug Store News' 7th annual Diabetes Roundtable to discuss the diabetes epidemic and the solutions retail pharmacy can provide.

Executives from H-E-B, Kerr Drug and Fruth Pharmacy, as well as OTC suppliers, discussed the issues in OTC aisles in a sluggish economy; and as the category faces a shift to wellness care, the possible demise of FSA accounts and an increasing Rx-to-OTC switch market.

Like small but seaworthy vessels caught in a storm alongside much bigger oceangoing ships, the nation's independent pharmacies took on some water in the trying times of late 2008 and 2009. But in the face of economic upheaval, continuing attacks on gross margins and daunting competition from ever-larger pharmacy chains, most have ridden out the squalls.