Special Reports

Anchored by more than 7,300 stores, 650 clinics and the nation's second-biggest PBM, CVS Caremark is unlike any other company. President and CEO Larry Merlo tells DSN why that matters to payers.

In November 2011, The Drug Store News Group hosted in New York the 13th annual Industry Issues Summit conference. Taking center stage at the multitrack event was an exclusive executive roundtable discussion of leading retailers from food, drug and mass, and executives from leading health and beauty companies and service providers.

Community pharmacy brings innovation to patient care

In November 2011, The Drug Store News Group/Specialty Pharmacy magazine hosted in New York an exclusive executive round-table discussion of leading specialty pharmacy providers. Guest moderator and veteran pharmacy executive Dave Fong and the panel examined a range of topics, including channel management strategies, accountable care organizations and the importance of technology. Click below to download the complete PDF of the 2011 Specialty Pharmacy Roundtable.

Walgreens no longer is on a path to own well; it’s on a path to dominate every aspect of well.

Even as the big get bigger, it appears the industry’s top regional chains continue to grow in relevance and importance in the markets they dominate. In this special section, DSN profiles the top 25 regional pharmacy chains in food, drug and mass, with a special focus on what makes each one unique.

Walmart's purpose — embodied by the company’s “save money, live better” value proposition — has become a more powerful force, motivating Walmart’s health-and-wellness strategies. And the retailer is much more broadly thinking about its potential role in an evolving healthcare delivery system, where cost promises to be the dominant consideration for decades to come and nutrition will play a great role. Click below to download the full Walmart Annual Report.

DSN profiles the top 10 drug wholesalers.

Tens of billions of dollars have flooded into health IT in recent years, making that sector "as sexy an [investment] as social media and gaming," experts say. Find out what 15 leading pharmacy services companies — traditionalists and start-ups alike — are doing to bring new innovation to the HIT segment.

CVS Caremark has grown from a go-getting New England-based regional player to a nearly $100 billion pharmacy healthcare giant known for its vertically integrated pharmacy-PBM model via the 2007 acquisition of Caremark, its highly successful loyalty card program and its innovative beauty concepts. Now, the industry trailblazer embarks on a new chapter with a new leader and an eye on driving medication adherence, curbing healthcare costs and improving the health outcomes of its patients.