August 15, 2011

It's a strategic next step in retail pharmacy, a setting that has fast evolved as the intrinsic destination for all health-related matters: health advice, self-care solutions, medication therapy management, compliance programs, acute-care services and now, if the reports turn out to be accurate, branded healthcare insurance.

August 12, 2011

The Chain Drug Consortium on Thursday dispensed a formal letter to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission expressing its opposition to the proposed merger of pharmacy benefit management companies Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions.

August 12, 2011

The healthcare-reform law took a hit Friday when a federal court in Atlanta ruled one of its key provisions unconstitutional, according to published reports.

August 12, 2011

Mandatory mail seems to cause some patients to prematurely discontinue therapy, especially among those patients without previous mail-service pharmacy experience. At least, that’s what a recent study on mandatory mail suggested.

August 11, 2011

The Cardinal Health Foundation on Thursday announced nearly $210,000 in grant funding to 14 nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to combating prescription drug abuse.

August 11, 2011

It is with great sadness that Drug Store News reports the unexpected passing of ECRM CEO and founder Charlie Bowlus, who has died from complications following emergency surgery three weeks ago.

August 11, 2011

Fruth Pharmacy last week celebrated its 20th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament here, raising more than $50,000 toward the more than 15 scholarships awarded by Fruth each year.

August 8, 2011

So, who’s afraid of a bigger, badder Express Scripts-Medco? Apparently not its competitors.

August 8, 2011

Kinney Drugs, which operates 91 stores in central and northern New York and Vermont, has announced the recent promotion of 30-year company veteran Owen Halloran to SVP pharmacy procurement.

August 5, 2011

Looking to challenge reimbursement rate reductions for Medicaid beneficiaries, pharmacy groups have filed a joint legal brief with the U.S. Supreme Court.

August 4, 2011

Johnson & Johnson chairman and CEO Bill Weldon on Wednesday morning rang the NYSE opening bell remotely from Johnson & Johnson world headquarters here as part of the company's employee celebration of its 125th anniversary.

August 4, 2011

CVS Caremark posted second-quarter results that were at the high end of its guidance and narrowed its 2011 outlook on continued confidence. But it was the pharmacy benefit management business — and the potential merger of PBM rivals Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions — that was top of mind for many industry observers, and was a topic that CVS Caremark president and CEO Larry Merlo hit head-on at the start of Thursday morning’s conference call.

August 3, 2011

Topco, a member-owned cooperative serving the food industry, recently kicked off an initiative substituting its TopCare-branded over-the-counter medicines for the equivalent prescription pharmaceutical, where appropriate, in an effort to save patient dollars and promote the TopCare brand.

July 29, 2011

Merck disclosed plans to reduce its workforce by 12% to 13% by the end of 2015, the company announced Friday in its second-quarter earnings release.

July 29, 2011

Lowering the maximum corporate tax rate could allow CVS Caremark to accelerate investments in U.S. jobs, technology and infrastructure — all of which could ultimately help lower healthcare costs and bolster the economy. That was a key message that CVS Caremark president and CEO Larry Merlo had for the Senate Finance Committee during a recent hearing.

July 28, 2011

Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Md., and Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., last week introduced the Medical Flexible Spending Account Improvement Act (S. 1404), a bill that would allow consumers to pay taxes on and withdraw any remaining funds in their employer-sponsored flexible spending accounts.

July 28, 2011

CVS Caremark is welcoming thousands of delegates to the 2011 National Urban League Conference as a title sponsor of the event that is taking place in Boston this week.

July 25, 2011

Health care is like precision engineering; tweaking one element ever so slightly can mean the difference between a healthy life and an early death or, in the case of drug spending, between nearly $50,000 and just north of $1,000.


July 25, 2011


One thing that was pretty clear in the research we conducted for the 2011 Retail Clinician Reader Survey is that an increasing number of retail-based health practitioners want the clinics they work for to expand the scope of services beyond acute care.

July 21, 2011

Reckitt Benckiser has launched a charity adventure competition on the company's Facebook page.

July 21, 2011

Canadian retailer Shoppers Drug Mart posted a boost in second-quarter sales, thanks in large part to continued strength and sales growth in over-the-counter medications, cosmetics, and food and confection, the company announced on Thursday.

July 20, 2011

Cardinal Health on Wednesday morning announced that the wholesaler’s annual national trade show for independent pharmacies marks the largest in the event’s more than 20-year history, with nearly 7,000 attendees.

July 20, 2011

Max-Wellness on Wednesday announced its new hospital retail concept within Lake Health’s West Medical Center will open for business on July 25.

July 20, 2011

Purdue Pharma has launched a new website designed to combat abuse of prescription drugs, the company said Wednesday.