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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

With 3,300 members, the Independent Pharmacy Cooperative is the largest of the independent pharmacy organizations. And, early this year, the organization made it clear that it was not ready to rest on its laurels but was seeking to enhance its services and grow even larger by bringing in a new CEO with a long history of success in retail pharmacy.

March 28, 2009

In its 41-year history, Medicine Shoppe International has become one of the most widespread names in the retail pharmacy business, with franchises as far away as Taiwan, India and the Middle East.

March 28, 2009

United Drugs and the Associated Pharmacies Inc. on Feb. 23 announced that the organizations’ boards of directors voted to merge. If the merger is approved, the new group’s membership will exceed 2,000.

March 22, 2009

Dr. Fresh, a manufacturer of oral care products, has entered the natural products market with...

March 19, 2009

The retail pharmacy universe just got a little bit smaller....

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

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

What a difference a year makes. Walgreens’ management and shareholders were long accustomed to steady, record-breaking gains in sales and earnings, and a pedal-to-the-metal store development strategy, that made Walgreens the nation’s fastest-growing pharmacy retailer and a market leader in cities across the country. As recently as the company’s annual meeting in January 2008, former chairman and CEO Jeff Rein reaffirmed that strategy, outlining a bold plan for filling in markets across the country by opening roughly one new store every 16 hours and buying the prescription files, and sometimes the stores, of rival independent and small chain pharmacies. He also said the company aggressively would pursue new opportunities in specialty pharmacy and front-end merchandising.

March 1, 2009

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

February 19, 2009

News that CVS Caremark pulled in record results for the fourth quarter and year 2008,...

February 17, 2009

Four policy proposals drafted by the National Community Pharmacists Association will benefit patients, taxpayers and...

February 12, 2009

“We must all hang together, or most assuredly we will all hang separately.” That dictum,...

February 5, 2009

Doesn’t anybody here pay their taxes? Tom Daschle, the former powerful leader of the Democrats...

January 29, 2009

News that The AeroClinic has opened its second airport-based health clinic speaks not only to...

January 29, 2009

Pick an outside turnaround artist/corporate hotshot to lead the nation’s most storied drug store retailer?...

January 22, 2009

Canada’s most powerful pharmacy retailers have grown powerful in a relatively stable competitive arena, but...

January 18, 2009

T-minus 10 - 9 - 8…...

January 18, 2009

The Ohio Legislature’s passage of a law named for a young girl who died after...

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