May 13, 2014

McKesson reported that revenues for the fourth quarter ended March 31 were $38.1 billion, up 25%.

May 12, 2014

The National Consumers League on Monday announced the winners of the third annual Script Your Future Medication Adherence Team Challenge for health profession students.

May 12, 2014

DSN had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Doug Hebert, Co-Founder and Vice President of RxArmory, and Shelly Mowrey, Vice President of RxArmory about the importance of substance abuse prevention.

May 9, 2014

Bayer agreed to acquire the consumer care business of U.S. pharmaceutical company Merck for a purchase price of $14.2 billion. The OTC acquisition will give Bayer the global No. 2 position in nonprescription products following recently announced consolidations in this growing healthcare industry segment, and will significantly enhance Bayer’s business across multiple therapeutic categories and geographies. Merck's consumer care business includes such leading brands as Claritin, Coppertone and Dr. Scholl’s. Pro forma sales of the combined businesses in 2013 amounted to $7.4 billion with Merck’s business contributing approximately $2.2 billion.

Upon completion of the acquisition, Bayer is expected to achieve global leadership positions in dermatology and gastrointestinals and advance to the No. 2 position in the cold, allergy, sinus and flu category. Bayer will remain No. 2 in nutritionals and No. 3 in analgesics. Overall, the proposed GlaxoSmithKline-Novartis combination represents the largest consumer health business with about 5.7% share, according to reports. The Bayer/Merck combination comes in second with around 4.5% share. McNeil Consumer rounds out the top three globally with a share just above 4%.

May 8, 2014

Medical providers’ efforts to reduce costs by taking a more holistic approach to healthcare will spur a doubling in the global market for home health technologies in the coming years, according to an IHS Technology report released Thursday titled “World Market for Home Health Technologies – 2014.”

May 8, 2014

CVS Caremark is on a mission to reinvent pharmacy and help people navigate a path to better health, and with its unique assets and robust team in place, the company is well-positioned to succeed in the midst of today’s changing healthcare environment.

May 8, 2014

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and a national coalition working to achieve “provider status” for pharmacists under Medicare Part B have asked the Federal Trade Commission to back legislation to this effect, as well as other policies that would help pharmacists practice at the top of their education level, NACDS reported Thursday.

May 7, 2014

The Little Clinic continues to expand access to health care in Williamson County, Tenn., with a clinic inside the new Alexander Plaza Kroger store that opened on Wednesday.

May 6, 2014

Bayer on Tuesday agreed to acquire the consumer care business of U.S. pharmaceutical company Merck for a purchase price of $14.2 billion.

May 6, 2014

A new study by researchers at CVS Caremark, Aetna and Brigham and Women's Hospital finds that eliminating co-pays for preventive medications prescribed for post-heart attack patients can significantly improve medication adherence and health outcomes for non-white patients, which suggests that this approach may be an effective strategy for reducing commonly recognized disparities in cardiovascular care related to patient ethnicity and race.

May 6, 2014

Representatives of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores were among those invited to a May 1 reception — attended by President Obama and the First Lady — to thank those who worked to smooth the experience of patients with the transition to exchange-based insurance at the beginning of this year.

May 6, 2014

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has announced the recipients of three research grants totaling $1.8 million to study the impact of pharmacist-collaboration in helping patients manage their medications and avoid readmissions following discharge from the hospital.

May 6, 2014

Walgreens immunoglobulin home infusion patients reported health outcomes consistent with reported outcomes gathered by the patients’ physicians in the clinical setting, according to new Walgreens PartnerPoint Clinical Management platform data presented Friday at the American Academy of Neurology 2014 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

May 5, 2014

The Generic Pharmaceutical Association on Monday hired Felecia Tan for the role of AVP sciences and regulatory affairs.

May 5, 2014

Target has announced that two Brunet Target affiliated pharmacies are now open at the Brossard and Sainte-Dorothée Target store locations.

May 2, 2014

An average of $3.9 billion per year in avoidable healthcare utilization costs would be realized if all U.S. adults older than 55 years diagnosed with age-related eye disease were to use lutein and zeaxanthin dietary supplements at preventive intake levels, according to a new economic report released Thursday by the Council for Responsible Nutrition.

May 2, 2014

"NACDS helps to protect the value we currently deliver and sets the stage to provide an even higher level of care, all while sending a powerful message that chain pharmacies are doing far more than filling prescriptions and selling merchandise." That's the message incoming National Association of Chain Drug Stores John Standley had for NACDS Annual attendees. It's a critical juncture in the healthcare industry, he said, and everyone who participates in NACDS plays a substantial role.

NACDS is getting a seasoned performer at the helm. Standley has shown exemplary leadership and remarkable clarity of vision in leading the turnaround at Rite Aid — today the retail health care company is in the best shape it has been in financially in more than a decade, and introduced several very innovative new programs and initiatives from the wellness ambassadors to wellness+ to the Rite Aid Health Aliance, and most recently its acquisition of RediClinic.

April 30, 2014

Empowering its customers with new ways to manage their health, MobileHelp — a provider of mobile Personal Emergency Response System solutions — has launched a new medication reminder application.

April 30, 2014

"I remember the first time I worked in a pharmacy like it was yesterday. Not only was it fast paced and exhilarating, the work was also meaningful and beneficial to the community. I can hardly believe it’s been close to 20 years since I began behind the counter," writes Jonathon Kopf, pharmacy product manager for Emdeon, in his latest blog post.

April 29, 2014

Taking the stage as the newly elected National Association of Chain Drug Stores chairman during Tuesday morning’s business program at NACDS Annual in Scottsdale, Ariz., Rite Aid chairman and CEO John Standley stressed the value NACDS provides its members and emphasized the importance of partnership throughout the industry.

April 28, 2014

Total spending on U.S. medicines increased 1% on a real per capita basis in 2013, while the use of healthcare services rose for the first time in three years, according to a report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

April 27, 2014

Nuanced and intuitive leadership. That’s how Steve Anderson, president and CEO for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, characterized today’s state of the NACDS — a body made greater by the sum of its parts that has successfully navigated the complexities of today’s evolving healthcare environment, as well as the intricacies of the political arena — on Sunday during his address before attendees of the NACDS Annual Meeting 2014.

April 24, 2014

More than two-thirds of the U.S. population now live in localities served by accountable care organizations, and more than 40% live in areas served by two or more.

April 23, 2014

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to advance better care for Medicare patients with chronic conditions.