June 18, 2014

As patients across North America continue to turn to their neighborhood pharmacy for vaccinations, state and provincial governments in the United States and Canada are widening the range of immunizations that can be administered by a pharmacist.

June 18, 2014

The Global Marketing Development Center hosted the 2014 Health, Beauty and Wellness Marketing Conference in Orlando in late May.

June 18, 2014

With public health officials calling the number of people receiving crucial immunizations woefully low, physicians and pharmacists across North America are working to get more people vaccinated.

June 18, 2014

I get a lot of questions about which brands are winning with social media, and why.

June 18, 2014

Walmart executives hosted a series of store tours and briefings in advance of its company shareholders meeting in June, reported DSN sister publication Retailing Today.

June 9, 2014

Dr. Robynne Chutkan is the founder of the Digestive Center for Women, an integrative gastroenterology practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland. She’s on the faculty at Georgetown Hospital, a former board member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), and the author of “Gutbliss: A 10-Day Plan to Ban Bloat, Flush Toxins, and Dump Your Digestive Baggage.”

May 27, 2014

Nowhere is the value of solid preparation and training more evident than in the fast-evolving world of health care and community pharmacy.

The rapid expansion of pharmacy-based clinical care programs and patient engagement efforts has elevated the need for pharmacists to mentor student pharmacists as preceptors. And it’s made student participation in pharmacy practice rotations and residencies a critical part of the professional education process, as those students prepare for a career in a reforming health system in desperate need of expanded front-line patient care services from pharmacists.

May 27, 2014

As healthcare reform takes hold and millions of previously uninsured Americans come into the fold amid the backdrop of a growing physician shortage, thousands of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in retail-based health clinics are demonstrating the vital role that they play in today’s healthcare system to expand access to high-quality, affordable health care. To recognize the best of the best, DSN Collaborative Care magazine — in partnership with the Convenient Care Association — each year hosts the annual Clinician Awards for Retail Excellence, or CARE Awards. The CARE Awards honor the “unsung heroes” who work each day to help further the cause of retail-based health care.

May 27, 2014

Allergy season is at full strength, and it already seems to be one for the record books. Many patients are turning to their pharmacist to ask about the symptoms they are experiencing and why they feel so much worse than in years past. The answer — simple to some and hard to believe for others — is climate change.

May 27, 2014

As one of a handful of founding officers at Take Care Health Systems — now known as the Healthcare Clinics at Walgreens — and the first chief nurse practitioner officer in the convenient care industry, Sandy Ryan’s role in the industry’s growth has been significant, to say the least.

May 27, 2014

With rising temperatures and an increase in rainfall throughout much of the country comes a predicted increase in mosquito and tick populations, which means a heightened threat of the transmission of such common diseases as Lyme disease, as well as such viruses as West Nile and many others.

May 27, 2014

The 7th annual Retail Clinician Education Congress was held from May 12 to 15, and the program lineup was outstanding this year. From clinical sessions featuring healthcare experts in the industry, such as Alan Agins and Wendy Wright, to executive and leadership sessions featuring Dan Gilman from the Federal Trade Commission and Debra Richman from Harris Interactive, conference attendees had an enriching and educational experience.

May 27, 2014

The recent American Academy of Pediatrics-issued policy statement opposing retail clinics is disheartening to those of us practicing in this setting. The AAP’s commitment to the medical home model of care for children is the crux of the opposition.

May 27, 2014

The mere phrase “malpractice lawsuit” has struck fear in the hearts of many healthcare providers, and for good reason.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2011 estimated that by age 65 years, most physicians (75% in low-risk specialties and 99% in high-risk specialties) will have faced a malpractice claim.

May 16, 2014

These are interesting times to be in the OTC business, Matt Mannelly, Prestige Brands president and CEO, told analysts Thursday.

May 15, 2014

I have long believed that the lines that traditionally divided one channel of retail from another are long gone.

May 15, 2014

Eos, the Evolution of Smooth, a line of niche fashion-savvy lip balms, has been flying off of retail shelves lately, generating almost $85.5 million in brand sales on triple-digit growth — 125.2% to be exact — for the 52 weeks ended Jan. 26 across total U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI.

May 15, 2014

The stampede of big-selling branded medicines that hurtled off the patent cliff in 2011 and 2012 has slowed to a relative trickle.

May 15, 2014

With the announcement of Alliance Boots' year-end results Thursday morning, the future of what a finalized Walgreens/Alliance Boots merger might look like materialized to a greater degree.

May 15, 2014

The VMS and diet aid/sports nutrition markets together command $11.9 billion in total retail sales, excluding specialty channels, and is growing at a steady clip.

May 15, 2014

Hyland’s has developed a virtual clinic in how to target the new mom niche with meaningful messaging that results in a Hyland’s Baby product being placed in the nursery.

May 15, 2014

i-Health has been carving out new niches with its feminine pain reliever brand Estroven, which as a brand family generated more than $37.2 million in sales across total U.S. multi-outlets for the 52 weeks ended Dec. 29, 2013, according to IRI.

May 15, 2014

Call it the triumph of irrationality over self-interest. Healthcare experts and pharmacy leaders have been grappling with the challenge of patient nonadherence for decades.

May 15, 2014

Nordic Naturals introduced Vitamin C Gummies, providing 250 mg of vitamin C. With a tart tangerine flavor, Vitamin C Gummies are chewable gummy slices for kids 4 years and older.