Making key decisions about implementing pharmacy automation at both the pharmacy and central fill levels has been a challenge throughout the industry. However, times are changing. To discuss how technology is impacting the industry and how innovative solutions are helping to boost pharmacists' productivity, drive ROI and optimize the fulfillment process, DSNTV recently interviewed Doyle Jensen of Innovation for its Executive Viewpoint video series.
"The seven deadly are a list of rebellious vices that historically have afflicted mankind. The center of each vice is the tendency to focus too much on one’s self and not enough on others. Sounds like the criticism many buyers have of a number of today’s top sales and marketing leaders, doesn’t it?" writes Dan Mack, founder of the Mack Elevation Forum, in his latest blog post.
DSN senior editor Antoinette Alexander examines in depth sales activity in the anti-aging, facial cleansers, bath & body and baby categories, with the latest trends in beauty and personal care products in this multi-page report.
In this special report, DSN examines three critically important consumer segments for future growth: millennials, boomers/seniors and Hispanics. In the years to come, these consumers will reshape retail and influence the CPG business in a number of key areas.
DSN senior editor Michael Johnsen examines in depth sales activity in the OTC sexual wellness and first-aid categories, with extensive charts and analysis of which brands are driving growth, how summer is spiking sales of anti-itch ointments and bandages, and more in this multi-page report.
"Some suggest that the art of effective communication has been lost forever. We are living in a world of instantaneous, rapid-fire communication. I fear that our desire to respond rather than reflect has resulted in a society that spends more time trying to clarify rather than progressing," writes Dave Wendland, Hamacher Resource Group VP, in his latest blog entry.
Women today play a dynamic role in society, and brands and marketers — including those within the retail pharmacy space — are tirelessly working to earn her trust and loyalty, as she often makes most of the healthcare decisions for her family.
DSN senior editor Mike Johnsen examines in depth sales activity in the OTC allergy relief category, with extensive charts and analysis of which brands are driving the growth, how climate change is creating major spikes in the business and more, in this multi-page report.
The health benefits of dietary fiber have been well-studied and are widely recognized by authoritative health organizations in the United States. The utility of fiber as a bulkforming laxative for treating occasional constipation or for maintaining regularity has been appreciated for many years.
"The Congressional Research Service is a nonpartisan and objective arm of the Library of Congress that analyzes issues for legislators' consideration. Its inclusion of this statement in its report on prescription drug abuse shows progress in telling both sides of this complex issue. However, much more needs to be done to ensure legitimate access to these medications for patients," writes Steve Anderson, NACDS President and CEO, in his latest blog entry.
For chronic pain sufferers, there is a real problem with the abuse of painkillers in the United States. While the number of patients who have a legitimate need for prescription painkillers — 100 million plus — is vastly more than the number of people addicted to painkillers — 11 million — there is a stigma attached to the prescribing, dispensing and utilization of pain medicines.
"Should a Medicare senior’s “preferred” pharmacy be nine hours away by plane? Should a community pharmacy be reimbursed $300 below its cost of acquiring and dispensing a lifesaving drug? Should patients endure long trips for basic health services that a local community pharmacist is qualified to provide? Of course not," writes National Community Pharmacists Association CEO, B. Douglas Hoey in his latest guest blog entry.
The retail landscape can be extremely challenging to navigate, and perhaps no one knows that better than a smaller, niche brand battling against the big players for precious shelf space, working tirelessly to stay top-of-mind with retailers. The good news is that victory is possible.
"With advertising and other forms of traditional media playing a less dominant role in how consumers interact with brands, breaking through with packaging is more significant than ever," writes Crystal Bennett, partner at Little Big Brands, in her latest blog post.
"I remember the first time I worked in a pharmacy like it was yesterday. Not only was it fast paced and exhilarating, the work was also meaningful and beneficial to the community. I can hardly believe it’s been close to 20 years since I began behind the counter," writes Jonathon Kopf, pharmacy product manager for Emdeon, in his latest blog post.
As part of the launch of DSN’s new microsite, DrugStoreNews.com/Pain-Management, DSN had the opportunity to speak with Carmen Catizone, executive director of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, regarding a new initiative that the association is spearheading to address the current patient access problem when it comes to pain management pharmaceuticals.