July 24, 2014

In the weeks leading up to Cardinal’s Retail Business Conference in Washington, D.C., from July 23 to 26, DSN talked with Steve Lawrence, Cardinal Health SVP Independent Sales, about independent pharmacy trends and how those trends are creating a bright future for the independent pharmacy community.

July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Cardinal Health's Retail Business Conference on Thursday featured a 180,000-sq.-ft. tradeshow floor and a pack-filled opening session. Here are some of the highlights.

July 24, 2014

Pharmacists from across the country joined together at Health on the National Mall, an event co-sponsored by Cardinal Health and the National Community Pharmacists Association, in Washington, D.C., to raise awareness of the many ways pharmacists can improve patient health.

July 22, 2014

“You have to be willing to do what your competition is not willing to do.” That was one of the key messages from motivational speaker and Olympic speed skier Vince Poscente, which also tied into the message Steve Courtman, president of Health Mart, and Tony Willoughby, Health Mart chief pharmacist, had for attendees at Tuesday morning’s Health Mart Annual Meeting.

July 22, 2014

McKesson hosted its seventh annual RxOwnership Ownership Transfer Luncheon on Tuesday, where attendees interested in either acquiring an independent pharmacy operation, or selling one, could learn more about the programs and support available to them.

July 22, 2014

Tuesday morning’s Health Mart Annual Meeting provided franchisee members with an overview of recent investments in the franchise and McKesson’s plans to “help level the playing field” for independent pharmacies through new programs that improve patient outcomes and pharmacy efficiency, as well as more flexible and local marketing efforts.

July 22, 2014

Fresh from Tuesday morning’s Health Mart Annual Meeting at 2014 McKesson ideaShare, attendees eagerly gathered to take part in the Health Mart University Live sessions that addressed key topics for independent pharmacy success.

July 22, 2014

DSN had the opportunity at McKesson ideaShare 2014 to talk to Michelle Gilliam, director of Health Mart marketing, about how the Local Marketing Support program is helping its members stay competitive by attracting new customers and showing value to existing customers.

July 22, 2014

After speaking at the Health Mart Annual Meeting Tuesday morning, Tony Willoughby, Health Mart’s chief pharmacist, sat down with DSN to talk about how pharmacies can drive adherence and excel in today’s changing healthcare environment.

July 22, 2014

McKesson ideaShare 2014 was in full swing on Tuesday from the tradefloor to Camp McKesson to the Health Mart Annual Meeting.

July 21, 2014

During the Opening General Session at McKesson’s 2014 ideaShare conference, Frank Starn, SVP and COO of McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical, and Steve Courtman, president, Health Mart, presented Milwaukee, Wis.-based Hayat Health Mart Pharmacy with the grand prize as the 2014 Pharmacy of the Year award winner.

July 21, 2014

Even before the official start of this year’s McKesson ideaShare conference, the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center was buzzing with attendees eager to take advantage of the robust lineup of continuing education courses held on Sunday and Monday.

July 21, 2014

This year’s McKesson ideaShare 2014 kicked off with a bang as thousands of community pharmacy leaders flocked to Orlando, Fla., to participate in the annual event and seize the opportunities to grow in today’s changing healthcare landscape.

July 21, 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Five-Star Quality Rating System already is impacting how pharmacies think about their patients and their medication adherence programs, noted Samuel Stolpe, director of quality strategies for the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, during a Lunch and Learn session Monday at McKesson ideaShare called “When the Stars Align: Prepare Your Pharmacy For Success.” According to Stolpe, it’s going to become a bigger influencer going forward, especially as the industry develops a pharmacy Star metric that will have a public element and certain health plans experiment with pay-for-performance models to incentivize higher Star ratings among pharmacies.

July 21, 2014

Addressing 3,000 independent pharmacy attendees representing more than 1,000 pharmacies at the McKesson ideaShare 2014, Mark Walchirk, president of McKesson’s U.S. pharmaceutical unit outlined the myriad of opportunities open to community pharmacy today, and how McKesson is investing in its independent pharmacy offerings to help those independents realize every one of those opportunities.

July 10, 2014

Lift, smooth, de-wrinkle and firm. This is the desired effect of not only facial anti-agers, but also those formulas for the body, as aging women yearn to turn back the hands of time below the neck.

July 10, 2014

With community pharmacies being called on to provide a wider range of services, drug stores across the country are adapting new technologies to ensure that they can meet the evolving needs of their patients and strengthen their role in the nation’s healthcare system.

July 10, 2014

The first-aid tape and bandage business is a relatively stable category without a lot of dramatic sales swings.

July 10, 2014

When it comes to caring for their little bundles of joy, parents are concerned not only with what they feed their children, but also what they put on their skin.

July 10, 2014

The bath and body segment has benefited from near universal usage as consumers use these products in their daily personal hygiene routine.

July 10, 2014

As lifetime earnings for pharmaceuticals decrease, commercialization expenses increase and payers tighten their belts on reimbursement, life science companies will be faced with shrinking margins over the next few years. In order to maintain basic operating margin levels and continue investing in research and development at current levels, life science manufacturers will be forced to reduce costs by more than $35 billion by 2017, according to results from a new survey of 70 life science organizations from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

July 10, 2014

Looking to ride on the coattails of the popularity of vitamins and yogurt in food, Henkel’s Dial brand released earlier this year its new Yogurt Body and Vitamin Boost wash.

July 10, 2014

Overall, the intimacy health category generated more than $870 million in sales, trending up in the low single-digits. Sales of condoms, the largest piece of the business, totaled $380.7 million across total U.S. multi-outlets for the 52 weeks ended April 20, and was down slightly by 1.8%. The growth is coming out of the personal lubricant ($213.4 million, up 2.9%) and emergency contraceptive ($253.2 million, up 12.3%) sectors.

July 10, 2014

Finnish beauty brand Lumene has kicked off 2014 with a bang with revamped packaging and a broadened product portfolio. The evolution continues as the company further extends its Bright Now line into anti-aging.