January 2, 2014

Patients who have enrolled in the new healthcare insurance marketplaces but haven't received an identification number from their insurers can receive up to a 30-day supply of prescription drugs at no upfront cost at Walgreens, the retail pharmacy chain said.

December 30, 2013

Drug maker Merck is starting a new business designed to provide weight-management intervention services to employers, patients and healthcare professionals, the company said.

December 26, 2013

Another key area, in which the learnings of ExtraCare are helping to inform the overall CVS Caremark retail strategy and personalize the shopping experience is in the way CVS Caremark designs and merchandises its stores.

December 26, 2013

Change is not coming. Change is here. Are you prepared?

December 26, 2013

Earlier this year, the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, the research wing of the healthcare industry analysis firm IMS Health, dropped a bombshell when it showed that U.S. spending on drugs fell in 2012, the first time that had happened in 55 years.

December 26, 2013

Now, a year later, as the company completes its 50th year in business and the country awaits a period of change in health care unlike anything seen in at least that time, CVS Caremark executives are quite confident that its unique hybrid structure and its ability to leverage the three core parts of its business — either individually or together, in varying combinations to serve a multitude of needs — aligns more effectively with the long-term trends in health care and puts the company in a unique position at a singular moment in history.

December 20, 2013

Walgreens posted a first-quarter sales increase of 5.9% to a record $18.3 billion. Front-end comparable store sales for the quarter increased 2.4% in the first quarter, customer traffic in comparable stores increased 0.2% and basket size increased 2.2%, while total sales in comparable stores increased 5.4%. Prescription sales, which accounted for 64.7% of sales in the quarter ended Nov. 30, increased 7.3%, while prescription sales in comparable stores increased 7.2%.

Front-end comps are up. Prescription comps are up. Business is good. And that's not the story. Rather, that's the kind of results you can expect from the story. The story is Walgreens is priming a three-pistoned growth engine that will quite likely drive what pharmacy will look like in the future — an efficient global supply chain beast that feeds a front-end that commands traffic in its own right, and a back-end that demands healthcare payers pay attention to how Walgreens can help improve adherence and patient-care metrics. So, how can suppliers better align with Walgreens?

December 20, 2013

Top CVS Caremark executives gathered in New York City on Wednesday for its 2013 Analyst Day to outline the company’s strategies to drive long-term enterprise growth through its vast pool of assets and its nimbleness in responding to the evolving healthcare landscape.

It marked the third year that the Woonsocket, R.I.-based company has hosted its Analyst Day meeting in Decembe, but this year’s event no doubt proved especially timely since we’re just days away from the start of the New Year when health reform will begin to significantly alter U.S. health care.

December 20, 2013

With the announcement of its first-quarter results, Walgreens continues to fire on all cylinders of its straight-three engine.

December 18, 2013

Winning with ability and agility in the age of healthcare retail-ization. That’s what it is all about for CVS Caremark, and that was a central theme of Wednesday’s timely Analyst Day meeting in New York City.

December 18, 2013

AmerisourceBergen on Wednesday announced a CMS Star measure improvement initiative for members of the Good Neighbor Pharmacy network, a group of more than 3,200 independent pharmacies across the nation.

December 18, 2013

The U.S. healthcare system saved $217 billion in 2012 thanks to the use of generic drugs, according to a new report by a generic drug industry trade group.

December 17, 2013

Forty blockbuster drugs will use patent exclusivity in the United States between this year and 2020, according to a new study.

December 16, 2013

The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark, announced a $5 million commitment to expanding access to quality health care nationwide.

December 16, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration may require makers of antibacterial soaps to perform clinical trials to show their products are better at preventing infections and disease than ordinary soaps.

December 13, 2013

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores underscored its commitment to improving the quality and affordability of the nation’s healthcare system and expressed concern about potential consequences of restricted pharmacy networks with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exchange plans.

December 13, 2013

A recent study commissioned by Intel revealed that patients are ready to embrace personalized care, all the way down to medications for their specific genetic makeup, and they want the freedom to get health care wherever and whenever it’s convenient for them.

Why is this important? Personalization — whether it is customized coupons and marketing or prescription medications — is here and will be critical in 2014. Consumers want more, and in the face of rising healthcare costs and a strained health care system, their healthcare is no exception.

December 12, 2013

Pharmacists have the ability to significantly increase vaccination rates in Canada and save the healthcare system money by reducing the number of hospitalizations due to complications from the flu, according to a new report developed by Shoppers Drug Mart.

December 11, 2013

While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will undoubtedly reshape the U.S. healthcare industry for years to come, it is only one of many factors that will emerge next year, according to a new report.

December 11, 2013

According to new research commissioned by Nelson, of the most commonly recommended vitamins and minerals, patients have the hardest time tolerating iron.

December 10, 2013

Personalized medicine is on the horizon, and patients are not only awaiting it optimistically, but they also are willing to share a bit of personal information when it comes, according to a new study released Monday commissioned by Intel.

December 9, 2013

Cardinal Health ranked No. 1 in Gartner's fifth annual Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 ranking. Not including health systems, the top 10 included McKesson at No. 5, BD (6), Johnson and Johnson (7), Walgreens (8) and CVS Caremark (9).

December 9, 2013

Further expanding the scope of preventive healthcare services provided by its pharmacists, Walgreens is now offering daily testing for cholesterol, blood glucose and body composition at more than 60 stores in Maryland.

December 6, 2013

McKesson's Health Mart pharmacy franchisees recently gained access to a tool that has the potential of giving community pharmacy a leg up on the competition in the coming years. EQuIPP, from Pharmacy Quality Solutions, does just that — equips independents with individual store data that marks the performance of their pharmacy vs. a national benchmark.

It's putting the pestle where the mortar is — retail pharmacy has the patient touchpoints and data-tracking wherewithal to make a material impact on patient outcomes. Important, because that's what the new year will bring — more and more healthcare payers looking to improve their own patient outcomes. And what better way to do it than to partner with outperforming pharmacies?