August 1, 2013

Emdeon has given pharmacy automation products maker QS/1 certification for electronic prescriptions of controlled substances, or EPCS, QS/1 said Thursday.

July 31, 2013

Breast-feeding rates have continued to rise over the past decade, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

July 30, 2013

As Cardinal Health has grown into the healthcare services powerhouse it is today — No. 19 on the Fortune 500 list, with annual sales topping $108 billion, and an integral linchpin of the nation’s healthcare supply chain — the company has maintained a strong focus on serving and expanding its reach among independent pharmacy operators.

July 30, 2013

Nutrisystem feels it has a role to play in helping Americans meet their health-and-wellness goals, the company's chief executive shared with analysts on Tuesday.

July 29, 2013

Applied Predictive Technologies and IRI announced they are joining forces to fuel APT’s Test & Learn software suite with IRI’s point-of-sale data.

July 29, 2013

Research published last week in JAMA Pediatrics found that many parents are turning to retail-based health clinics when their children suffer from minor ailments largely because the clinics are convenient.

Parents are turning to clinics for their children’s minor ailments NOT because they lack an established relationship with a pediatrician but because of convenience. In fact, most of the parents surveyed (74%) had first considered going to the pediatrician but instead opted for a retail-based health clinic because the clinic had more convenient hours or because their doctor didn’t have an appointment available.

July 29, 2013

The evolution of services now available at retail pharmacy has gained traction with news organizations targeting the investment community. CNNMoney recently spoke at length with one of the retail pharmacy change catalysts — Greg Wasson of Walgreens.

Wasson and other retail pharmacy operators have been blazing a new pathway to cheaper and more convenient health care for some time now. Inoculations and medication therapy management programs were ever only the beginning, because the future of retail pharmacy is in successfully managing lives with a healthcare system partner. "There's an opportunity for the pharmacist to play a much greater role in health care, especially with what we have going on in this country with the shortage of primary-care physicians," Wasson explained to CNNMoney. "Plus, we can also involve the front of our store, being the first source for health and daily living, continuing to make sure we're relevant in today's society."

July 29, 2013

The Community Pharmacy Foundation and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation announced on Monday that they will work together to evaluate the impact on patient outcomes of the integration of community pharmacy-provided medication management strategies into a statewide, patient-centered medical home network in North Dakota. More than 70% of physicians participate in the state’s medical home program.

July 29, 2013

The same organization that reached the often-cited figure of nearly $300 billion wasted each year due to poor medication adherence has developed a six-point agenda for improving it.

July 29, 2013

Rite Aid is launching a marketing campaign centered around its new extension to the Wellness+ loyalty card program aimed at seniors, the retail pharmacy chain said.

July 29, 2013

Walgreens is rebranding its more than 370 in-store health clinics, which will now be known as the “Healthcare Clinic."

July 26, 2013

As demand for health care rises and the nationwide shortage of primary-care practitioners continues, the services of nurse practitioners will be integral in providing effective patient care. In recognition of this, the Chamberlain College of Nursing has launched a Master of Science in Nursing — Family Nurse Practitioner specialty track.

July 26, 2013

With the 2013 Cardinal Health Retail Business Conference approaching, Drug Store News sat down with George Barrett, chairman and CEO of Cardinal Health, to discuss the company’s commitment to independent pharmacy.

July 25, 2013

CNNMoney on Thursday featured a Q&A with Greg Wasson, Walgreens president CEO, to talk about how health care is transforming and how Walgreens is rethinking what it means to be a drug store in what will become a new healthcare paradigm with the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in January.

July 25, 2013

As states prepare their health insurance exchanges for open enrollment beginning Oct. 1, a new survey from CVS Caremark shows that while there has been an overall increase in awareness of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, many of those eligible to enroll in health exchanges are asking for help.

July 25, 2013

Healthcare policy wizard Mark McClellan, M.P.A., M.D., PhD., will deliver the industry session on Friday, Aug. 9 at Cardinal Health's annual Retail Business Conference. Titled "Driving the Conversation: A Look at the Future of Healthcare in America," the former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, will focus on the crucial role community pharmacy will play in shaping that future.

July 25, 2013

H. D. Smith on Thursday announced the completion of the deal to attain majority interest in Triplefin, a reimbursement, patient assistance and pharmaceutical brand-support services company headquartered in Cincinnati.

July 25, 2013

The NPD Group, which tracks prestige beauty, has reported that sales of makeup and skin care with SPF reached $1.1 billion in U.S. prestige department stores from June 2012 to May 2013, a 24% increase from three years ago.

July 24, 2013

Prior-authorization software company CoverMyMeds reached a milestone Tuesday as the 5 millionth PA request was sent through its system.

July 24, 2013

Despite widespread doubt and dissatisfaction, most adults say they're not ready to repeal the healthcare-reform law signed into law two years ago by President Obama, according to a poll.

July 23, 2013

An op-ed in Tuesday’s Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call emphasizes the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ commitment to curbing prescription drug abuse and diversion while ensuring legitimate patient access to prescription medications.

July 23, 2013

Executives from seven companies gathered in June for the inaugural meeting of the Point of Care Communication Council, an association representing firms who provide health education, medical marketing and programs in doctor’s offices, pharmacies and hospitals.

July 23, 2013

Emdeon's Gene Boerger said pharmacies are busily expanding into providing medical services, including providing basic healthcare screenings and immunization services. As a result, they are becoming healthcare providers, over and above their traditional roles. But just how well they are able to integrate within the healthcare continuum over the long term depends upon the strength of the bonds they are able to build with payers and medical providers … and those relationships are rooted in data connectivity.

July 22, 2013

Cardinal Health and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation are calling for proposals to research the effects of pharmacist-provided medication therapy management services on hospital readmission rates.

Medications only do their jobs if patients take them as instructed by physicians, but physicians' ability to ensure that patients are doing what they're supposed to is limited. That's where pharmacists can step in to help make a difference.