February 25, 2014

DSN recently caught up with Dick Domann, VP pharmacy services for TrialCard, to talk about adherence and abandonment solutions. Capturing otherwise lost scripts is a significant opportunity for retail pharmacy, and TrialCard has a tool to help reclaim those prescriptions.

January 8, 2014

News stories about doctor shopping and prescription pad pilfering in pursuit of a pain-pill induced high have become commonplace, prompting many legislators and regulators to consider further restrictions on pain medicines like hydrocodone compounds. But there may be a story that’s not being told — that the patients who suffer from chronic pain and need that hydrocodone to reclaim their lives are being stigmatized. The prevalence of pain pill abuse has left in its wake as many as 116 million legitimate pain sufferers who are finding it more difficult to access their therapies.

August 27, 2013

How can retail pharmacy play a greater role in battling the nation's prescription drug abuse epidemic? Data. To shed light on how CVS Caremark tapped its extensive prescribing database to identify signs of potential inappropriate prescribing, CVS Caremark¹s Troy Brennan talked with DSN about the program and the ongoing efforts to combat prescription drug abuse.

August 20, 2013

A pair of pharmacists from Whitsett, N.C., were the winners of a special text-to-vote competition to highlight independent pharmacy best practices at the Cardinal Health 2013 Retail Business Conference.

August 5, 2013

Rob Hooper, national sales manager for OTC with Actavis Pharmaceutical, sat down with DSN to discuss how Actavis is preparing for the inaugural NACDS Total Store Expo. Actavis Pharmaceutical, one of the leaders in the OTC private label industry and recently acquired by Watson Pharmaceutical, plans to leverage its extensive experience within the prescription medicine business to offer best-in-class options across store brand products.

July 10, 2013

DSN had the opportunity to speak with Christian Tadrus, who has been the pharmacist at Sam’s Health Mart in the Colombia, Mo. area, since 1997. Tadrus, a member of McKesson’s Sponsored Clinical Services pharmacy network, participates in a number of adherence support programs, including the award-winning Pharmacy Intervention adherence coaching program, StudyLink patient recruitment for clinical trials program, and the RxRapid Response pharmacist survey program.

July 18, 2012

As part of the Executive Viewpoint Series, DSN talked to Dan Mack — DSN expert blogger, EVP strategic sales at The Swanson Group and managing director of Mack Elevation Forum — discusses his unique perspective on what suppliers should focus on when engaging with retailers and what "blind spots" they should be wary of.

July 11, 2012

DSN talked to Cardinal Health SVP independent sales Steve Lawrence about the big news from Cardinal’s 2012 Retail Business Conference, including a best practices competition for its customers, its Women in Pharmacy program and Cardinal’s joint outreach program with the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy aimed at preventing prescription drug abuse.

March 5, 2012

Radio Health Journal's Reed Pence talks with DSN editor in chief Rob Eder; Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and wellness Kermit Crawford; Express Scripts senior director of public affairs Brian Henry; and former Walgreens pharmacy customer Virginia Greathouse about the causes and impact of the Walgreens-ESI dispute.

May 27, 2015

In a new survey of approximately 2,700 American customers, the Canadian International Pharmacy Association found continued demand for safely ordering prescription medications online from licensed Canadian pharmacies.

May 26, 2015

Fruth Pharmacy is setting up shop inside two FoodFair locations this summer, providing customers with a convenient way to pick up prescriptions while they shop.

May 21, 2015

CVS Health entered an agreement to acquire Omnicare, a provider of pharmacy services to long-term care facilities.

May 20, 2015

Mergers and acquisitions among pharmaceutical companies has kicked into high gear this year, mirroring the larger trend sweeping across the entire spectrum of the health care industry since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act two years ago.

May 20, 2015

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores chairman’s gavel officially traded hands last month, here, at NACDS Annual Meeting, as Rite Aid chairman and CEO John Standley wrapped up his one-year term, and incoming chairman Randy Edeker, chairman, CEO and president of Hy-Vee embarked on his.

May 19, 2015

The complex issue of prescription drug abuse and access are not receiving the comprehensive approach that they deserve and greater collaboration is needed among all stakeholders to help find solutions. That was a key message that National Association of Chain Drug Stores CEO Steve Anderson and U.S. Pain Foundation president Paul Gileno shared in a joint op-ed published Tuesday in The Tampa Tribune.

May 19, 2015

Pharmacy Quality Alliance has endorsed three new performance measures to assess the use of opioids. 

May 19, 2015

Surescripts processed two-thirds of all new prescriptions in 2014, according to its annual report released Tuesday.  

May 18, 2015

Moose Pharmacy in Mt. Pleasant, N.C., has successfully implemented an RxSafe 1800 robotic storage and retrieval system. 

May 13, 2015

ASOP launches campaign warning consumers on the dangers of online pharmacies. 

May 12, 2015

CMS recently released new, privacy-protected data on Medicare Part D prescription drugs prescribed by physicians and other health care professionals in 2013.

May 12, 2015

Total prescriptions dispensed by Diplomat Pharmacy were up 6% to 194,000 in the first quarter.

May 8, 2015

Nearly one-third of visitors to retail health clinics have used the clinics for a renewal of a prescription.

May 7, 2015

The Tallahassee Democrat published an opinion column by National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and CEO Steve Anderson, emphasizing pharmacists’ unique position in helping to address complex prescription pain medication issues.

May 6, 2015

Dave Wendland, VP and member of the owners group at Hamacher Resource Group, will present, “Understanding Independent Pharmacy Shoppers,” at the upcoming QS/1 Customer Conference.