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May 7, 2009

Having the endorsement of 11 senators around an issue that has become a bit of...

April 30, 2009

The swine flu story first broke Friday, April 24, and quickly grew in prominence on...

April 16, 2009

A report by AARP indicated that prices for branded drugs have increased at a rate...

April 16, 2009

The fact that Congress stepped up to designate the week of April 13 as “Protect...

April 9, 2009

Concerning the effort to shift the nation’s healthcare system away from paper records and handwritten...

April 9, 2009

A 2.4% growth rate across nonprescription medicines certainly speaks volumes to the value of self-care,...

April 2, 2009

The announcement by Take Care Health Systems that it is offering free health services at...

March 28, 2009

As parent company AmerisourceBergen merged more of its old Family Pharmacy network of independent drug stores and store-support services into its resurgent Good Neighbor Pharmacy operations and marketing umbrella, GNP has continued a rapid growth spurt and muscled its way into the top tier of national drug store brands.

March 28, 2009

One of the reasons the American Pharmacy Cooperative Inc. has been successful is because its board of directors is actively involved in setting the goals and objectives of the organization and “making sure everything the organization does is focused on making its members successful,” according to Tim Hamrick, CEO of the 25-year-old, 1,300-member group headquartered in Bessemer, Ala.

March 28, 2009

If there’s an independent pharmacy in your market area with a Leader Pharmacy logo on the storefront — and with more than 3,400 Leader stores nationwide, chances are good that there’s one nearby — don’t be fooled by the store’s modest footprint or the folksy, mom-and-pop image it may project. The store’s owners have an arsenal of sophisticated business tools at their disposal, and the backing of an $87 billion, global health services and wholesaling giant.

March 28, 2009

One of the unique aspects of EPIC is its deep roots in building a consumer brand that touts the advantages of locally owned drug stores. To help accomplish this goal, Angelo Voxakis, president and CEO, said that in 2007 EPIC invested $2 million in consumer advertising to support its 650 primary members. And it is clear that the company’s Web site has been designed with the consumer in mind.

March 28, 2009

Independent pharmacy has been slammed hard by the continuing slide in prescription-dispensing profits, a dismal economy and powerful chain store competitors. But with their strong ties to local communities and the patients they serve, most are weathering the storm and may emerge stronger than ever.

March 28, 2009

Since 2006 PBA Health has grown from slightly more than 1,000 members to 1,800, making it the fastest-growing major pharmacy group, according to Nick Smock, CEO of the Kansas City, Mo.-based cooperative. One of the things that made this growth possible is the organization’s realization that, while buying “right” will always be a key element of success for any pharmacy, two other areas are just as important: operational excellence and effective marketing.

March 26, 2009

The fact that the online grassroots campaign by independent pharmacy operators has enlisted more than...

March 19, 2009

Our industry received one more reminder of the leadership retail pharmacy has shown on health...

March 15, 2009

As the editor of the publication, I have both the blessing and the curse of...

March 12, 2009

The long-awaited breakthrough for follow-on biologics may be close at hand....

March 12, 2009

In a week where too much was made of MinuteClinic’s seasonal closings, Take Care Health Systems’...

March 5, 2009

First and foremost, this bill as well as others supported by the voice of community...

March 5, 2009

This week another force emerged from the private sector to take the lead on health...

March 5, 2009

When one of the retail pharmacy industry’s best-known merchandising gurus is pulled away from the...

March 1, 2009

I’m not willing to say it was a great move at this point.”—BusinessWeek Feb. 12,...

February 28, 2009

Despite all the debate over the use of cough-cold medicines in children under the age of 12, sales of cough-cold medicines didn’t do too badly last year. For the 52 weeks ended Jan. 25, sales of all cough-cold remedies — including cough drops, cough syrups, cold-allergy liquids and cold-allergy tablets — were up 10.5%, totaling $4 billion across food, drug and mass outlets (minus Walmart) according to Information Resources Inc data. Of course, the lion’s share of that growth comes courtesy of the latest allergy reliever to make its way from prescription vials to over-the-counter aisles. Factoring out the sales impact of McNeil Consumer Healthcare’s Zyrtec, which generated in excess of $331 million across its Zyrtec syrup, Zyrtec tablet and Zyrtec-D tablet, the overall cough-cold category still grew by 1.4%. Considering that’s on a base of $3.6 billion, that represents incremental growth of almost $50 million.

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