June 17, 2013

Stephen Courtman, president of Health Mart, discusses what's new for Health Mart members at McKesson ideaShare this year and what's next for the independent pharmacy network.

June 14, 2013

A new review of the research on the patient-health benefits of improved medication adherence supports the growing momentum behind government and market-based strategies to help patients take medications as prescribed, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores stated.

June 12, 2013

Pharmacy automation provider QS/1 has received certification for controlled substances prescribed electronically, the company said.

June 11, 2013

I couldn’t let this week go by without noting the passing of another of the hugely talented, but low-profile retail innovators who made the chain drug store industry the powerhouse it is today.

As Drug Store News reported June 5, Stephen LaFrance died unexpectedly last Wednesday at the age of 71. LaFrance’s passing came less than nine months after he sold his powerhouse regional pharmacy business, USA Drug, to rival Walgreens for $438 million. So, sadly, he didn’t get much chance to relax and enjoy the harvest of a lifetime of hard work in the drug store industry.

LaFrance never sought the limelight as a business leader or health professional, preferring to toil quietly but successfully in the shadow of Walmart and other national retailers. So he may be unknown to many pharmacists and pharmacy students.

To LaFrance, that lack of renown never mattered much. His is a remarkable, rags-to-riches success story in pharmacy, retailing and wholesaling, and it would make a good case study in any pharmacy school business curriculum.

June 10, 2013

Along with the rise in available consultative pharmacy services being provided today, pharmacy education opportunities that address natural health-related areas are increasing as well, enabling health practitioners to have a more robust conversation around a patient’s health.

June 10, 2013

With a striking new pharmacy design and workflow system that pulls the pharmacist out from behind the counter and right into the patient waiting area, the nation’s top pharmacy retailer is helping to drive healthcare reform and the accelerating revolution in pharmacy-based patient care.

June 5, 2013

McKesson Corp. will host community pharmacy owners and pharmacists at the McKesson ideaShare 2013 Conference, June 26-30, at the Venetian Resort Hotel in Las Vegas, the wholesaler announced.

June 5, 2013

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is reminding private sector and government decision makers about the public’s trust of community pharmacists as healthcare advisers and about the ability of new pharmacy services – in conjunction with physicians and other healthcare partners – to help empower patients to improve their health.

June 4, 2013

A lot is said about how pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare professionals, and one health insurer is taking advantage of this by sponsoring a series of special seminars for elderly people.

June 4, 2013

More than a million patients are receiving automated messages to increase immunizations, improve medication adherence and better manage chronic diseases, a company that developed a communication system for delivering the messages said Tuesday.

June 4, 2013

Pharmacy techs can be leaders in keeping their workplaces prepared for the possibility of pharmacy crime, a tech-training organization said.

June 3, 2013

Independent pharmacy was provided a social media stepping stone with last week's announcement pairing the National Community Pharmacists Association and RxWiki. The companies announced a joint digital solutions offering that will raise the profile of independents across both social media and mobile platforms.

June 3, 2013

Retail pharmacists will be missing out on as much as a $20 billion opportunity if they don't identify how to consistently and efficiently engage their patients, suggested Jeff Rehling, principal at Edgewood Consulting Group, during a business session Sunday at the recent 2013 GMDC Health & Wellness @ Retail Conference.

June 3, 2013

Another bill to limit dispensing of biosimilars lost Monday, this time in Illinois.

May 31, 2013

There are several important pieces of legislation that will have an impact on the business of supermarket pharmacy if passed, noted Michael Spira, American Pharmacists Association senior lobbyist, during an FMI education session.

May 30, 2013

When does the double-edged sword of generic drug price reductions begin to cut the government agency or health system holding the sword?

That's the question many pharmacy leaders in Canada have for the provincial health system policy-makers who have embarked on a crusade to whack pharmacy reimbursement levels for many lower-cost generic medicines sold under the nation's publicly funded health system.

May 30, 2013

When it announced its fourth-quarter and fiscal year 2013 earnings in April, Rite Aid noted that it performed 2.4 million flu vaccinations, as well as 400,000 vaccinations for pneumonia, shingles and whooping cough. Walgreens administered more than 6.5 million immunizations in 2012, and CVS' totals reached more than 3.5 million.

May 29, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association and RxWiki, a leading pharmacy media network, announced a new partnership that will offer digital solutions to more than 23,000 community pharmacies across the country.

May 28, 2013

Pharmacy Intelligence applies application-based data analytics, computer-animated graphic process simulation and Lean Six Sigma principles to enable a new level of more advanced modeling and forecasting.

May 28, 2013

A federal court has declined to review an earlier decision to uphold cuts to California's Medicaid program, drawing criticism from several groups.

May 28, 2013

Why does the federal government want to block independent pharmacies from providing much-needed diabetes testing supplies to older homebound patients?

In a clear case of over-zealous federal policy-making and glacial government response time, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says it will do just that beginning in July. That’s when CMS has decreed it will no longer allow small community pharmacies to deliver diabetic test kits to homebound and long-term-care patients on Medicare.

May 23, 2013

You might remember back in January 2011, when DSN profiled Terry Teller, a pharmacist in Lukachukai, Ariz., who uses his Navajo-language skills when working with patients. Now, according to published reports, he can add "Jedi Knight" to his resume.

May 22, 2013

Several members of Congress are requesting that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reverse a decision to prohibit independent pharmacies from delivering diabetes-testing supplies to homebound seniors.

May 21, 2013

The prevalence of chronic diseases, increased demand for patient care and failure of many patients to take their medications as prescribed calls for an increased role in the healthcare system for pharmacists, according to a national organization of pharmacies.