March 22, 2013

In my last UpMarketing post, Dart and Science, I described how combining quantitative and qualitative research with good old-fashioned gut instincts can drive results. This post examines a related topic: big data. Everyone’s talking about the mountains of data at their fingertips, just waiting for analysis and action. But it seems that no one has figured out an effective way to begin excavating to find the hidden treasure.

March 20, 2013

One major theme resonating across the show floor at HIMSS13 was the importance of interoperability within healthcare ecosystems. Emdeon's Lathe Bigler discusses how interoperability in the pharmacy space has been centered on advances in e-prescribing and clinical messaging.

March 4, 2013

In November 2012, The Drug Store News Group hosted in New York an exclusive roundtable discussion of leading pharmacy retailers and a handful of key vendors. Moderated by special guest Dave Wendland of Hamacher Resource Group, the panel tackled a wide range of issues, including how to expand pharmacist accessibility for patients with diabetes; measuring and managing patient outcomes; government reform and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; and the use of complementary and alternative medicines.

March 1, 2013

Community pharmacy fills gaps in access and affordability for patients, payers

March 1, 2013

Merchandising in the OTC space has certainly changed over the past decade. Gone is the “stack-‘em-high-and-let-‘em-fly” approach to planogramming. It’s a cleaner, less-cluttered shopping experience. And the complexity behind that shopping experience is changing.

February 25, 2013

“The only real valuable thing is intuition,” said Albert Einstein. Within the consumer healthcare industry, nowhere is that more true than in the realm of brand management.

February 19, 2013

By now we are all well aware of the healthcare IT transformation taking place across the nation. This transformation is expected to continue for the foreseeable future with further implementation of Meaningful Use and the expansion of state Medicaid programs in 2014 as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requirements.

February 13, 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.

February 13, 2013

Now in its 14th year, in 2012, DSN changed up the format at the annual Industry Issues Summit conference. This year's theme was finding white spices for retailers and suppliers to co-create and bring new innovation to the consumer.

February 5, 2013

Money is a powerful motivator. Look no further than the sports world for validation. The PGA’s FedEx Cup encourages golfers to earn “points” towards participation in playoffs that offer a big season-ending payoff. Tennis has a similar format with the U.S. Open Series where performance in a series of events equates to a huge prize purse. Both instances use hefty prize money to help ensure the top performers participate and at high levels. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have applied this sports theory to its rankings system of Medicare Advantage (MA) and Prescription Drug Plans (PDP) plans. And there’s billions of dollars up-for-grabs for healthcare plans.

February 1, 2013

Even as the big chains get bigger, the industry's top regional chains continue to grow in relevance and importance in the markets they dominate. In this special digital report, DSN profiles the leading regional pharmacy chains in food, drug and mass, with a special focus on what makes each one unique.

January 15, 2013

Long gone are the days when growth in the beauty aisle was driven largely by manufacturers and marketers via packaging and promotion. Today, retailers and technology are playing an even greater role in the marketing process to further elevate the beauty experience.

December 10, 2012

Armed with a new store concept and the wellness+ loyalty card program, Rite Aid is mounting a comeback and posting its best results in years.

December 10, 2012

DSN looks back on the past year's most influential events in the pharmacy industry, from Obamacare and record patent expirations to Humira surpassing Lipitor as the world's top-selling drug and the merger of Walgreens and Alliance Boots.

November 19, 2012

The year 2012 is coming to an end, and it's been a big year for generic drugs. It's the year that the most lucrative drug of all time became commoditized. It's the year that Watson bought Actavis for $5.6 billion. And it's the year the FDA released draft guidance for biosimilars regulations. All of these events speak to some of the most important trends in the world of generics — trends that are often interrelated.

November 19, 2012

Walmart is rapidly expanding its impact on pharmacy by opening its smaller 45,000-sq.-ft. Neighborhood Market stores at a faster pace, while also experimenting with the even smaller 15,000-sq.-ft. Walmart Express format.

October 9, 2012

With healthcare reform on track to bring 32 million more Americans into the healthcare system in 2014, and with payers and patients looking for solutions to curb costs as the nation battles a shortage of primary care physicians and access to quality care, CVS Caremark’s role in reinventing pharmacy through its distinctive business model couldn’t be more imperative than it is today.

September 19, 2012

Being the hedgehog of retailing has brought Walgreens where it is today: on the verge of transforming community pharmacy into something no one before has ever imagined — no one but Walgreens.

September 18, 2012

In part two, DSN asks pharmacists to name their top OTC brand recommendations across 15 core product categories.

August 17, 2012

As the debate over healthcare reform in the United States rages — sometimes palpably so — a new report from healthcare market research firm IMS Health indicated that a major shift in drug-spending trends is under way between developed countries like the United States and developing countries.

August 17, 2012

Part one of the first annual Drug Store News pharmacist-reader survey revealed how quickly the practice of pharmacy is evolving to have a greater emphasis on patient care.

August 1, 2012

One thing remains unchanged about our readers: Retail clinicians tend to love their jobs. What has changed somewhat over the years is the chief reason retail clinicians seem to like what they do.

July 27, 2012

Everybody loves a comeback story, and it looks as though the retail pharmacy industry has one of its own in the making as Rite Aid’s latest earnings report showed another strong quarter for the Camp Hill, Pa.-based chain, which has been steadily growing its sales and narrowing its losses for several quarters already.

July 20, 2012

In March, The Drug Store News Group in partnership with the Food Marketing Institute co-hosted a special retailer-supplier panel discussion at FMI’s annual Health & Wellness Conference in Orlando, Fla. DSN editor Rob Eder moderated a lively roundtable discussion that examined key opportunities to align retailer and supplier strategies to better match the needs of today’s consumers — and the moving target that is their definition of health and wellness.