Despite a rocky start, the full rollout of health reform under the Affordable Care Act has already brought major benefits to the nation’s troubled health system and affordable coverage to millions of formerly uninsured or underinsured Americans, one of the Obama administration’s top health officials asserted recently.
While drug stores across North America have diversified their mix over the past few years, over-the-counter medications remain at the heart of most every pharmacy retailer’s efforts, helping to maintain the drug channel’s inherent value as a front-line healthcare provider and the outlet of choice for consumers suffering from a wide range of minor illnesses.
“We have a system that needs fixing.” That comment on the state of the nation’s healthcare system, shared by physician and New York Times correspondent and senior writer Elisabeth Rosenthal, served as the springboard for a high-level summit on the future of health care in the United States. The event drew a who’s who of nationally known health experts, scientists and government officials.
About 30% of top-performing OTC drugs today were once prescription-only medications, Dave Wendland, VP Hamacher Resource Group, noted during a videocast hosted by GMDC, titled “Rx-to-OTC: Getting it Right at Retail.”
PharmaJet, the developer of a needle-free injection technology to administer medications and vaccines to patients, and bioCSL, the maker of Afluria (influenza vaccine) on Tuesday announced the Food and Drug Administration has approved the PharmaJet Stratis 0.5mL Needle-Free Jet Injector for delivery of Afluria in individuals ages 18 years to 64 years.
Alliance Boots on Monday announced it has acquired full ownership of UniDrug Distribution Group, its pre-wholesale and contract logistics joint venture in the United Kingdom, from UDG Healthcare for a consideration of around £66 million ($110.4 million) for the 50% shareholding it did not already own.
Walmart met low second-quarter sales and profit expectations it set for itself, but significantly lowered its full year outlook due to a tepid third-quarter sales forecast and increased e-commerce and healthcare costs.
Cardinal Health continued with its “Leading Change” theme during the Industry General Session at the Retail Business Conference Friday, July 25, beginning with an expert panel that discussed the most pertinent legislative issues facing independent pharmacy and what pharmacists can do about them.
After speaking at the Health Mart Annual Meeting Tuesday morning, Tony Willoughby, Health Mart’s chief pharmacist, sat down with DSN to talk about how pharmacies can drive adherence and excel in today’s changing healthcare environment.
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores on Tuesday put forward pharmacy-specific solutions as the Senate Finance Committee conducted a hearing on “Chronic Illness: Addressing Patients’ Unmet Needs.”