January 5, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Congress handed community pharmacies a Christmas present in December, voting to exempt them from burdensome accounting requirements imposed by the Federal Trade Commission.


January 5, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — It’s a 53-store collection of independents that serves as a model of neighborhood pharmacy to the nation’s lawmakers. That’s in part thanks to the number of Care pharmacies operating in the nation’s capital and in part due to the franchisee-owned group’s proximity to the headquarters of the National Community Pharmacist Association, which is located across the hall.


“[That proximity] really is an opportunity for us to represent independent pharmacy,” said Michael Wysong, Care CEO. 


January 5, 2011

Lansinoh Labs on Wednesday announced its acquisition of the Italian-designed mOmma brand of baby-feeding products and accessories.

January 5, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — It’s a battle that raged for more than three years. But in mid-December, the retail pharmacy industry was able to declare a clear, unequivocal victory.


We’re talking, of course, about the struggle to head off what would have been a devastating change in the way Medicaid pays community pharmacies to dispense generic drugs to low-income patients. On Dec. 14, the chain and independent pharmacy lobbies announced they had reached a landmark agreement with the 
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that effectively ends the threat.

January 4, 2011

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation is inviting health and pharmacy experts and other researchers to join the Herculean effort to improve patient adherence rates.

December 20, 2010

A study by the Government Accountability Office confirmed that the health-reform law enacted earlier this year established a more reasonable reimbursement level for pharmacies dispensing generic drugs to patients covered by Medicaid. But pharmacy retailers still face the continued threat of further Medicaid cuts at the state level, the independent pharmacy lobby warned Friday.

December 17, 2010

Lansinoh Labs on Thursday named Richard Thome as its COO. He will report to Diane Manwaring, Lansinoh North America president.

December 16, 2010

The education, research and charitable affiliate of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced its contribution of $1.5 million in grants to expand the availability of Community Pharmacy Residency Programs for pharmacy graduates.

December 14, 2010

In a clear victory for retail pharmacy, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association have agreed with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on a motion to dismiss the Medicaid average manufacturer price lawsuit.

December 10, 2010

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores on Friday released a ready-made pamphlet and sign for its retail members to use in communicating upcoming flexible spending account changes as they relate to over-the-counter medicines.

December 10, 2010

A decision by Congress to reauthorize the Special Diabetes Program has drawn praise from the American Diabetes Association.

December 7, 2010

The war of words between independent pharmacies and the pharmacy benefit management industry again is heating up. And again, the two groups are at odds over the question of how transparent — or opaque — the PBM industry’s business dealings with its clients are, and whether those business practices demand reform.

December 7, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Simplify, simplify.


December 7, 2010

Independent and chain pharmacy groups are making a new push to stake a firm claim to the new healthcare system emerging with the health-reform law enacted earlier this year.

December 3, 2010

Community pharmacists still are among the nation’s most trusted professionals. That’s the finding from Gallup’s newly released "Honesty and Ethics" survey.

December 2, 2010

A new study released Thursday determined that directed use of Lansinoh HPA Lanolin results in a marked reduction of nipple pain associated with breast-feeding and in significantly higher healing rates of nipple trauma compared with application of expressed breast milk. The researchers concluded that “the current recommendation for any topical treatment of sore nipples during breast-feeding should be revised in favor of HPA lanolin.”

December 1, 2010

Independent pharmacists are hailing a move in Congress to exempt pharmacies from burdensome accounting requirements imposed by the Federal Trade Commission.

November 24, 2010

More than ever, seniors who rely on Medicare need to carefully evaluate the dizzying array of prescription drug plan choices available to them, as the 2011 enrollment period for Medicare Part D drug benefit program goes into high gear, independent pharmacy leaders declared Tuesday.

November 22, 2010

Musician and reality TV star Bret Michaels recently shared his struggles with Type 1 diabetes and related health issues ...

November 22, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va. In another bid to boost the standing of pharmacists in a changing healthcare system, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores urged a leading healthcare think-tank and advocacy group to adopt health quality standards that include a broader role for retail pharmacy professionals.

November 16, 2010

A group representing the nation's independent pharmacies praised a local drug store's participation in a...

November 15, 2010

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has proposed a rule shortening the traditional 30-day...

November 14, 2010

In a ruling hailed by retail pharmacy leaders, the Department of Defense now is insisting...

November 14, 2010

The drumbeat in support of an expanded universally recognized role for pharmacists in helping patients...