July 17, 2012

Health reform will stand. So what’s next for the pharmacy technician?

July 16, 2012

Pharmacy retailers have a relationship with the healthcare-reform law more complicated than most individuals and businesses.

July 16, 2012

Employees with such chronic diseases as asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure spend fewer days out of the office when they are adherent to their medications, according to new research conducted by CVS Caremark and Truven Health Analytics (previously the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters).

July 16, 2012

Changes in healthcare consumption, advances in technology and support from pharmacists are among seven new trends that could affect programs designed to improve medication adherence, according to a new study by McKesson.

July 13, 2012

3M on Wednesday announced that reality star Ryan Sutter has signed on as spokesman for Ace Brand beginning with the launch of the Ace Brand Champion Challenge, which runs from July 11 through Sept. 10.

July 12, 2012

Cardinal Health on Thursday kicked off its Retail Business Conference, the company’s annual trade show for independent pharmacies catering to more than 7,000 attendees.

July 12, 2012

Take Care Health Systems, which is a division of Walgreens, and the University of Notre Dame announced on Thursday the opening of an on-site wellness center on the Notre Dame campus.

July 11, 2012

The National Community Pharmacists Association on Wednesday posted a video and website satirizing pharmacy benefit managers at WhoRunsMyDrugPlan.com.

July 11, 2012

The House of Representatives' vote to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has drawn praise from the National Retail Federation.

July 9, 2012

Walgreens on Monday announced the expansion of its vaccination offerings in Florida to include shingles and pneumonia.

July 6, 2012

Independent pharmacy owner-operators, by definition, stand somewhat alone. It’s the nature of their calling, and it defines their particular brand of pharmacy retailing as a responsive, patient-focused center for community care and high-touch, individualized personal service.

July 6, 2012

The sweeping healthcare reforms encompassed in the landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will transform parts of the American healthcare landscape. But the nation’s fiscal challenges and the unsustainable cost increases generated by the U.S. health system also will drive fundamental changes in the way providers, payers and patients search for a more cost-effective and accountable set of solutions to a health system in crisis, said McKesson’s top public policy expert at ideaShare 2012.

July 2, 2012

Obamacare will stand.

July 1, 2012

The Supreme Court's decision last week to maintain the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act doesn't mean much. Not really.

June 29, 2012

While saying the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — whose constitutionality the Supreme Court largely upheld in a 5-4 decision Thursday — would be beneficial by creating a larger population of insured patients, the leader of one of the country's largest specialty pharmacies said it didn't address the problem of waste in health care, according to published reports.

June 28, 2012

The Supreme Court on Thursday identified the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as a tax, which means the constitutionality of the healthcare-reform package cannot be addressed until after that tax is assessed.

June 28, 2012

While the Supreme Court on Thursday morning left the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mostly intact, the court did rule that Congress cannot withhold federal Medicaid spending from a state that does not expand its eligibility requirements under the act.

June 26, 2012

What can McKesson do for me that will help drive my success and assure my continued viability in a fast-changing and competitive healthcare market? That question was on the minds of many independent pharmacy owners attending Tuesday’s business and educational forums at ideaShare 2012.

June 26, 2012

A regional pharmacy chain has extended its relationship with a healthcare services company.

June 26, 2012

An overwrought U.S. healthcare system in desperate need of new solutions and new ways to cut the unsustainable cost spiral will demand a new, more engaged and more patient-centered role for community pharmacists.

June 26, 2012

In many ways, the future of community pharmacy relies on evolving the role of the pharmacist to drive better patient adherence, improve health outcomes and perhaps most importantly, from a business perspective, to get paid for it. To help independent pharmacy owners and community pharmacists step closer to that future today, McKesson, the largest healthcare services company in the country, showcased Tuesday its Sponsored Clinical Services Network to hundreds of attendees here at McKesson ideaShare 2012.

June 26, 2012

Winning the patient adherence battle is about aligning all stakeholders, from the patient to the pharmacist, to payers, employers, physicians and pharma, in a collaborative, patient-centered model that not only educates patients, but also actively engages them in managing their health and treatment regimens. To find out more about how McKesson is helping community pharmacists deliver better patient care through one-on-one interventions and coaching — and get paid for it — DSN spoke Tuesday to Peggy Yelinek, VP and general manager of McKesson Patient Relationship Solutions.

June 25, 2012

Owning and operating a community pharmacy has never been the easiest way to prosper in the healthcare field. But in the face of unrelenting reimbursement challenges, big-chain competition and the pressures imposed by powerful pharmacy benefit managers that dictate take-it-or-leave-it contracts covering the majority of patients and prescriptions, it’s a safe bet that the vast majority of independent and small-chain pharmacy owner/operators wouldn’t trade places with any other health professional.

June 25, 2012

This will be the last time I walk an NACDS Marketplace floor. Ever. I’m done. Because next year, it will be the Total Store Expo, and I’m already getting a little jazzed about that. But that’s a year away, yet. For now, let me share some snippets around some of the products and suppliers I found interesting making my last walkthroughs on the Marketplace show floor. Ever.