August 14, 2013

IMS Health VP of supplier services Jim Hunter and IMS VP of industry relations Doug Long presented Rite Aid EVP of pharmacy Robert Thompson with IMS' Bernie Greenberg Pharmacy Partnership Award at the NACDS Total Store Expo.

August 12, 2013

This year, generic drugs account for 83% of all drugs dispensed in the United States, and that figure is set to get even larger over the next few years. That was among the takeaways from IMS Health VP industry relations Doug Long’s presentation Sunday morning.

August 6, 2013

It’s show time! Jam-packed with all of the excitement that is Las Vegas, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo has officially kicked off. As you gear up for the next few days and embark on this game-changing event, DSN has compiled a list of 10 key things to do at NACDS TSE.

May 31, 2013

Out of all retail pharmacy outlets, food stores have slightly increased their prescription sales, generating March year-to-date sales of $5.7 billion, up 0.5%, according to IMS Health data. Including drug, mail and independents, prescription sales totaled $58.3 billion, down 4.7%, reported Doug Long, VP industry relations for IMS Health, at an FMI education breakout.

February 25, 2013

The generic drug tidal wave became a tsunami in 2012, with some of the world's top-selling pharmaceuticals swamped by generic competition, and health plan payers scrambling to reap billions of dollars in financial savings.

November 15, 2012

In the classic Arabian Nights tale “Aladdin and the Magic Lamp,” the sorcerer who sold Aladdin the lamp containing the genie attempts to get it back by walking through the town where Aladdin and his wife live disguised as a merchant, trading “new lamps 
for old.” 


November 15, 2012

The year 2012 is coming to an end, and it’s been a big year for 
generic drugs.


November 15, 2012

Perhaps the iconic scene at the end of Ridley Scott’s 1991 movie “Thelma & Louise” — with Gina Davis’ and Susan Sarandon’s characters hurdling into the Grand Canyon in a green convertible — is a good metaphor for what’s happening in the generic drug industry these days.


October 4, 2012

Despite the patent cliff rendering entire therapeutic categories generic-only, numerous opportunities exist, according to a speech delivered in August at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ 2012 Pharmacy and Technology Conference in Denver by IMS Health VP industry relations Doug Long.

September 18, 2012

A trillion of anything is difficult to wrap one’s head around, whether it’s the number of grains of sand on a beach or stars in the sky. It’s so much easier for the human mind to look at such a quantity as the sum of its parts rather than on the basis of its individual components.


September 18, 2012

Over the last few years of DSN’s coverage of the impending patent cliff and how it would affect the generic drug industry, IMS Health VP industry relations Doug Long predicted that the gradual commoditization of primary care drugs — long the lifeblood of generic drug makers — would lead to consolidation of the industry.


August 29, 2012

Concluding the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Pharmacy and Technology Conference on Tuesday evening, NACDS bestowed its highest honor — the Harold W. Pratt Award — to industry leader Doug Long.

August 28, 2012

While the growth in healthcare costs remains a threat in the United States, the growth in drug expenditures is moderating, but numerous opportunities exist for retail, according to a speech delivered Tuesday morning at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores' 2012 Pharmacy and Technology Conference in Denver by Doug Long, VP industry relations of healthcare industry research firm IMS Health.

February 17, 2012

According to IMS VP industry relations Doug Long, who spoke Feb. 6 at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Regional Chain Meeting on current trends and forecasts for the U.S. pharmaceutical market, specialty pharmacy dollars are growing more than 10% on a 12-month moving annual total basis. 


January 20, 2012

One issue that is unlikely to see resolution this year is the growing problem of drug shortages. As of October 2011, the Food and Drug Administration and the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists found shortages of 168 drugs.

November 4, 2011

In the classic “Arabian Nights” tale of Aladdin and his magic lamp, the evil sorcerer who made Aladdin retrieve the lamp containing the genie attempts to get it back by tricking Aladdin’s wife into giving it to him by roaming through the streets offering to trade “new lamps for old.”


September 12, 2011

At press time, Hurricane Irene was slowly barreling toward the East Coast and threatening the area with a deluge that prompted cities to shut down and had store shelves wiped clean.


February 1, 2011

As soon as members of Congress took their seats last month, the new Republican majority announced it would make good on its pledge to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The effort largely is symbolic and unlikely to succeed, so at least one portion of the healthcare-reform law will likely remain in effect, namely the abbreviated approval pathway for follow-on biologics, also known as the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act.


February 1, 2011

Years 2009 and 2010 were up and down for the generic drug industry and its main trade group, the Generic Pharmaceutical Association. On one hand, there were the departures of president and CEO Kathleen Jaeger and member company Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.

November 14, 2010

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November 14, 2010

Look for a big surge in brand-to-generic drug switches at the pharmacy counter over the...

September 26, 2010

Winc Design is launching its Charlie Banana brand of environmentally friendly cloth diapers and baby...

August 30, 2010

The U.S. drug market will present opportunities as well as uncertainties over the next decade,...

August 23, 2010

French drug maker Sanofi-Aventis is suing to stop Sandoz’ generic version of its blood thinner...