June 18, 2012

Every year, thousands of new items are launched at retail. Typically, about half of 1% are ever truly successful. The DSN Innov-ies salutes the most innovative new products in health and beauty launched between May 2011 and May 2012 — not just a bunch of new flavors and sizes, but the truly unique items that brought real growth to the category.

May 17, 2012

Recent industry trends surrounding niche brands have elevated the role that business development organizations, master brokers, regional brokers and sales and marketing consultants play in helping to bring niche brands to market, stay on shelf and garner the greatest ROI from their marketing spend. To gain greater insight into how these industry professionals are helping niche brands find success at retail, DSN hosted a virtual roundtable discussion with some of today’s leading players.

May 16, 2012

For niche brands, getting a foot in the door of mass market retail is no easy feat, and the stakes remain high as retailers have, in recent years, trimmed SKU counts and grown increasingly risk-adverse. Yet, at the same time, retailers remain on the hunt for a point of differentiation among a sea of “sameness.”

April 25, 2012

Careers in Pharmacy prepares students and prospective students for a career in pharmacy with articles on the latest career options, how to prepare for a pharmacy career, pharmacy practice in the new healthcare system and a list of U.S. pharmacy colleges, as well as profiles of day-to-day responsibilities of pharmacists in different sectors of the pharmacy industry.

April 17, 2012

The DSN PoweRx Players ranks the Top 50 scorers — including drug chains, independents, supermarkets, mass and club stores — by the one metric that matters: pharmacy sales. Find out what these top players are doing to win in pharmacy, health and wellness.

April 2, 2012

With 500+ pharmacies, hundreds of optical and hearing centers and a three-tiered strategy built on awareness, prevention and solutions, Sam's Club exercises its right to win in health and wellness.

March 27, 2012

In November 2011, 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 surrounding diabetes management and much more.

March 19, 2012

DSN's Pharmacy Technology Report takes a look at the hottest technology in the health-and-wellness space and where investors are looking to take health IT in the future. Also included is DSN's exclusive roundtable discussion with leading pharmacy retailers and executives from leading and emerging healthcare technology companies, which included new technologies to improve compliance, self-care and pharmacist-patient interactions.

March 9, 2012

Anchored by more than 7,300 stores, 650 clinics and the nation's second-biggest PBM, CVS Caremark is unlike any other company. President and CEO Larry Merlo tells DSN why that matters to payers.

March 9, 2012

In November 2011, The Drug Store News Group hosted in New York the 13th annual Industry Issues Summit conference. Taking center stage at the multitrack event was an exclusive executive roundtable discussion of leading retailers from food, drug and mass, and executives from leading health and beauty companies and service providers.

February 27, 2012

Community pharmacy brings innovation to patient care

February 23, 2012

In November 2011, The Drug Store News Group/Specialty Pharmacy magazine hosted in New York an exclusive executive round-table discussion of leading specialty pharmacy providers. Guest moderator and veteran pharmacy executive Dave Fong and the panel examined a range of topics, including channel management strategies, accountable care organizations and the importance of technology.

Click below to download the complete PDF of the 2011 Specialty Pharmacy Roundtable.

February 22, 2012

Walgreens no longer is on a path to own well; it’s on a path to dominate every aspect of well.

January 26, 2012

Even as the big get bigger, it appears the industry’s top regional chains continue to grow in relevance and importance in the markets they dominate. In this special section, DSN profiles the top 25 regional pharmacy chains in food, drug and mass, with a special focus on what makes each one unique.

December 8, 2011

Walmart's purpose — embodied by the company’s “save money, live better” value proposition — has become a more powerful force, motivating Walmart’s health-and-wellness strategies. And the retailer is much more broadly thinking about its potential role in an evolving healthcare delivery system, where cost promises to be the dominant consideration for decades to come and nutrition will play a great role.

Click below to download the full Walmart Annual Report.

November 28, 2011

DSN profiles the top 10 drug wholesalers.

October 24, 2011

Tens of billions of dollars have flooded into health IT in recent years, making that sector "as sexy an [investment] as social media and gaming," experts say. Find out what 15 leading pharmacy services companies — traditionalists and start-ups alike — are doing to bring new innovation to the HIT segment.

October 11, 2011

CVS Caremark has grown from a go-getting New England-based regional player to a nearly $100 billion pharmacy healthcare giant known for its vertically integrated pharmacy-PBM model via the 2007 acquisition of Caremark, its highly successful loyalty card program and its innovative beauty concepts. Now, the industry trailblazer embarks on a new chapter with a new leader and an eye on driving medication adherence, curbing healthcare costs and improving the health outcomes of its patients.

August 24, 2011

Behind every prescription that lands at the pharmacy counter is a series of events that influence the prescriber’s decision. Powered by data from SDI Health, Drug Store News goes inside the examination room in this exclusive report, providing an in-depth look at the critical factors that shape pharmaceutical sales trends and shift market share from one drug to another in 10 key market segments.

July 25, 2011

With its latest string of initiatives designed to bring it out of a slump that lasted more than a decade, Rite Aid is aiming for “wellness” to do for it what the lowercase “i” did for Apple.

May 24, 2011

Happy days are here again! Consumer confidence rebounded 1.6 points in April from a dip in March, according to the Consumer Confidence Index, despite the fact that high-gas-price stories are dominating the airwaves. That suggests consumers may be willing to try new things again — in other words, to buy something new — and that is excellent news for niche manufacturers. In this annual report, DSN calculates the value of niche brands.

April 25, 2011

85% — that’s more or less the combined market share for the companies that make up the 2011 DSN PoweRx50, approximately $185 billion of the total $218 billion retail pharmacy industry. The DSN PoweRx50 indisputably reflects the true titans of the retail pharmacy industry. It is the ONLY truly CHANNEL-AGNOSTIC ranking of the retail pharmacy industry that measures all of retail pharmacy, including traditional drug chains, independents, supermarkets, mass and club stores — ALL of it. BA-BOOM!

March 25, 2011

In November 2010, The Drug Store News Group hosted in New York an exclusive round-table discussion among leading executives from a vast array of retailers and a handful of key vendors. Moderated by DSN editor-in-chief Rob Eder, the panel tackled a wide range of issues, from the role of private label to improving store execution, inventory optimization and more. In part two, featured here, the panel tackles beauty care.

March 25, 2011

There are a million stories in the retail pharmacy industry — this is about a dozen of them. Early in 2011, the editors and publishers of Drug Store News put out a call to select members of the vendor community for a chance to tell the stories of their companies, in their own words. What followed is DSN’s first-ever user-generated special report.