April 22, 2015

Is this the year that restrictions on the use of over-the-counter medicines in conjunction with a flexible savings account are lifted? If you consider the value proposition — the $102 billion saved each year by the use of OTC medicines — and that health care is moving toward a more value-based, outcomes-driven system, it would certainly seem so.

April 22, 2015

Established in 1942, Lewis Drug made its mark as the first self-service drug store in South Dakota. Today, Lewis continues to go strong with an even greater emphasis on improving patient health outcomes.

April 22, 2015

Kmart has diligently worked to ensure that its pharmacies are the outlets of choice for customers.

April 22, 2015

Picking up almost 600 new stores in 2014, McKesson’s Health Mart is a forward-thinking pharmacy franchisor that focuses on a key component of community pharmacy success — the pharmacist-patient relationship.

April 22, 2015

The mounting shortage of primary care physicians across the United States and the growing recognition that patients’ health care often is best delivered by a team of professionals working together are fueling a nationwide movement to give more pharmacists provider status.

April 22, 2015

Measured by sheer number of stores in its service network, geographic reach and market penetration, Cardinal Health wields enormous clout as an independent pharmacy provider. The healthcare giant now distributes pharmaceuticals and provides marketing and support services to more than 8,400 independent pharmacies.

April 22, 2015

The Jean Coutu Group provides shoppers in three Canadian provinces with what has become a hallmark of 21st century drug store retailing.

April 22, 2015

Privately held since 2005, Shopko operates a wide range of store formats with healthcare offerings, ranging from full-service pharmacies to optical centers.

April 22, 2015

Ahold USA’s COO James McCann earlier this year outlined the driving force behind the supermarket operator’s overarching initiatives — improve customer perceptions of its U.S. operations across quality and service, as well as price.

April 22, 2015

Five macro trends impacted sales of OTC medicines in 2014, Bob Sanders, EVP at IRI, shared with attendees of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association Annual Executive Conference in March. On the plus side, switch continues to drive considerable growth across OTC aisles — Rx-to-OTC accounted for 19% of OTC sales and 27% of growth in the past five years, and that trend is likely to continue, Sanders said

April 22, 2015

Advocacy for the community pharmacy industry and the advancement of the profession is a big part of the job at Drug Store News. That said, this has been a busy month even by our standards.

April 22, 2015

After so called food deserts — communities that lack access to fresh produce and other healthy foods — led some retailers to develop stores to fill this gap, the existence of a new type of desert with an equally devastating impact on the health of those living there is starting to emerge.

April 22, 2015

The Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act has gained 104 co-sponsors since its introduction at the end of January.

April 22, 2015

Once considered a niche opportunity, the multicultural marketplace has become a mainstream imperative due to unprecedented growth in population, buying power and culture sustainability, according to a recent Nielsen report.

April 22, 2015

Ritzman Pharmacies is getting a new look in 2015 after the recent appointment of pharmaceutical industry veteran George Glatcz as COO.

April 22, 2015

With a new moniker designed to reflect its broader commitment to health care, CVS Health is “positioned for today, preparing for tomorrow,” executives told Wall Street during its 2014 Analyst Day in December.

April 22, 2015

With the United States expected to face a growing shortage of primary care physicians over the next decade, support for point-of-care testing in community pharmacies is growing.

April 22, 2015

With 544 pharmacies in 44 states — as well as more than 230 stores in Canada, China, India, Japan and the United Arab Emirates — Medicine Shoppe International has carved a niche in community pharmacy as an apothecary-style source for both personalized prescription counseling and specialized disease management expertise.

April 22, 2015

Discount Drug Mart made two key acquisitions last year that strengthened the chain’s position as a locally owned, full-service specialty pharmacy chain that can meet an array of consumer health needs.

April 22, 2015

The supermarket industry’s biggest engine appears to be firing on nearly all cylinders.

April 22, 2015

The dollar store channel is growing in prominence when it comes to OTC remedies, noted Bob Sanders, EVP at IRI, at the Consumer Healthcare Products Association Annual Executive Conference last March.

April 22, 2015

In early 2015, Bartell Drugs celebrated its 125th anniversary and named a new president.

April 22, 2015

With its treasure-hunt style shopping and broad array of brand and private-label products at attractive prices, Costco has successfully carved out a unique business model that resonates with its 76 million cardholders.

April 22, 2015

When news of Rite Aid’s acquisition of the $5 billion-large PBM EnvisionRx broke on Feb. 11, the company’s shares closed 6.6% higher that day at $8.08. That’s because Wall Street knows a good deal when it sees one, and the acquisition of EnvisionRx is a good deal.