December 20, 2013

Walgreens posted a first-quarter sales increase of 5.9% to a record $18.3 billion. Front-end comparable store sales for the quarter increased 2.4% in the first quarter, customer traffic in comparable stores increased 0.2% and basket size increased 2.2%, while total sales in comparable stores increased 5.4%. Prescription sales, which accounted for 64.7% of sales in the quarter ended Nov. 30, increased 7.3%, while prescription sales in comparable stores increased 7.2%.

Front-end comps are up. Prescription comps are up. Business is good. And that's not the story. Rather, that's the kind of results you can expect from the story. The story is Walgreens is priming a three-pistoned growth engine that will quite likely drive what pharmacy will look like in the future — an efficient global supply chain beast that feeds a front-end that commands traffic in its own right, and a back-end that demands healthcare payers pay attention to how Walgreens can help improve adherence and patient-care metrics. So, how can suppliers better align with Walgreens?

December 19, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association on Thursday announced the need for legislation in Pennsylvania to protect independent pharmacy operators there.

December 18, 2013

AmerisourceBergen on Wednesday announced a CMS Star measure improvement initiative for members of the Good Neighbor Pharmacy network, a group of more than 3,200 independent pharmacies across the nation.

December 18, 2013

UnitedHealthcare on Wednesday announced the winners of the 2013 UnitedHealthcare Medication Adherence Targeted Intervention Program Challenge benefiting the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation.

December 13, 2013

Navarro Discount Pharmacy, which operates 33 locations in Southern Florida, has introduced a compliance packaging program, EZ Meds Medicine Packaging System, that organizes a patient’s prescription medications into individual packets with labels and instructions.

December 13, 2013

A recent study commissioned by Intel revealed that patients are ready to embrace personalized care, all the way down to medications for their specific genetic makeup, and they want the freedom to get health care wherever and whenever it’s convenient for them.

Why is this important? Personalization — whether it is customized coupons and marketing or prescription medications — is here and will be critical in 2014. Consumers want more, and in the face of rising healthcare costs and a strained health care system, their healthcare is no exception.

December 12, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association urged U.S. Senators on the Senate Finance Committee to support a proposal intended to expand coverage in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program of medication therapy management programs.

December 11, 2013

McKesson Pharmacy Systems and Automation introduced a new EnterpriseRx Flexible Delivery solution that expands the reach of outpatient and retail pharmacies beyond their local communities.

December 9, 2013

Giant Eagle on Monday announced the acquisition of Rx21 Specialty Pharmacy, enabling the company to provide enhanced services to Hepatitis C and organ transplant patients and providers.

December 9, 2013

Pharmacy Quality Solutions on Monday announced that it will collaborate with Cardinal Health to help 600 community pharmacies track their performance on Medicare Part D Star measures.

December 6, 2013

Health Mart, a community franchise of more than 3,000 independently owned pharmacies across all 50 states, announced that it will offer its member pharmacies access to Pharmacy Quality Solutions' EQuIPP.

December 5, 2013

College students are using popular social media platform Twitter to talk about prescription drugs, and it turns out those brief, 140-character messages are saying a lot about medication abuse and misuse.

December 4, 2013

Cardinal Health Foundation recently awarded more than $350,000 in grant funding to 29 nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to the fight against prescription drug abuse, the organization announced Wednesday.

December 4, 2013

Mail-order pharmacies frequently charge Medicare prescription drug plans more than community pharmacies do for filling prescriptions, a new analysis by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has concluded.

December 4, 2013

Walgreens on Wednesday reported November sales of $6.1 billion, an increase of 4.1% for the same month in fiscal 2013.

December 3, 2013

Cardinal Health recently enhanced its Reimbursement Consulting Services offering, which helps retail pharmacies ensure the accuracy of third-party reimbursement by identifying reimbursement errors and recommending strategies for correcting them.

December 3, 2013

Officials in Rhode Island may set up a registry that would allow doctors and pharmacists to track patients who have problems with drug abuse, according to published reports.

November 26, 2013

Cardinal Health on Tuesday announced that it has renewed a three-year agreement with Prime Therapeutics to continue serving as the primary pharmaceutical supplier for Prime's pharmacy home-delivery service, PrimeMail, and for Prime Therapeutics Specialty Pharmacy.

November 26, 2013

The number of patients receiving prescriptions for statins is expected to increase modestly following new cholesterol recommendations from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, according to a new report.

November 21, 2013

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has announced that in lead-up to a hearing of the Subcommittee on Health of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, it has submitted a statement emphasizing the important collaborative role that pharmacy plays in helping to ensure that prescription medications are used appropriately and that local communities are safe.

November 21, 2013

Health care has begun to emphasize quality in addition to cost as a means to provide what is known as value-driven health care.

November 21, 2013

Expanding the role of pharmacists can help reduce the burden of chronic illness on patients and potentially save Canada’s system an estimated $1.4 billion to $1.9 billion dollars over three years. That’s according to the recent Pharmaprix/Shoppers Drug Mart "Sustainable Solutions Report: A Focus on Managing Complex Chronic Diseases."

November 19, 2013

A pair of Congress leaders — Reps. Doug Collins, R-Ga., and Martha Roby, R-Ala. — on Tuesday advocated for community pharmacy with letters addressed to the leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Ways and Means Committee.

November 18, 2013

Chain Store Guide on Friday released its latest analysis on the recently-completed Kerr Drug acquisition by Walgreens.