February 19, 2013

One of the biggest questions the average person might have about specialty pharmacy is, well, what the heck is it?

February 1, 2013

Even as the big chains get bigger, the industry's top regional chains continue to grow in relevance and importance in the markets they dominate. In this special digital report, DSN profiles the leading regional pharmacy chains in food, drug and mass, with a special focus on what makes each one unique.

January 31, 2013

Hospitals need retail pharmacy if they're going to reduce re-admissions, eliminate unnecessary healthcare costs and avoid penalties from Medicare for patient re-admission rates that are too high, under a new law that took effect Oct. 1. With that in mind, Walgreens created WellTransitions.

August 1, 2012

One thing remains unchanged about our readers: Retail clinicians tend to love their jobs. What has changed somewhat over the years is the chief reason retail clinicians seem to like what they do.

July 27, 2012

Everybody loves a comeback story, and it looks as though the retail pharmacy industry has one of its own in the making as Rite Aid’s latest earnings report showed another strong quarter for the Camp Hill, Pa.-based chain, which has been steadily growing its sales and narrowing its losses for several quarters already.

June 18, 2012

Every year, thousands of new items are launched at retail. Typically, about half of 1% are ever truly successful. The DSN Innov-ies salutes the most innovative new products in health and beauty launched between May 2011 and May 2012 — not just a bunch of new flavors and sizes, but the truly unique items that brought real growth to the category.

May 21, 2012

Retail pharmacy veteran Frank Scorpiniti officially assumed the role of CEO of Rexall Pharma Plus in February. Now that he’s settled in North of the Border, Scorpiniti talked with Drug Store News about his new role and his insights on the Canadian retail pharmacy market.

May 17, 2012

Recent industry trends surrounding niche brands have elevated the role that business development organizations, master brokers, regional brokers and sales and marketing consultants play in helping to bring niche brands to market, stay on shelf and garner the greatest ROI from their marketing spend. To gain greater insight into how these industry professionals are helping niche brands find success at retail, DSN hosted a virtual roundtable discussion with some of today’s leading players.

May 16, 2012

For niche brands, getting a foot in the door of mass market retail is no easy feat, and the stakes remain high as retailers have, in recent years, trimmed SKU counts and grown increasingly risk-adverse. Yet, at the same time, retailers remain on the hunt for a point of differentiation among a sea of “sameness.”

March 27, 2012

In November 2011, The Drug Store News Group hosted in New York an exclusive roundtable discussion of leading pharmacy retailers and a handful of key vendors. Moderated by special guest Dave Wendland of Hamacher Resource Group, the panel tackled a wide range of issues surrounding diabetes management and much more.

January 31, 2012

As of Jan. 1, asthma products like the Primatine Mist inhaler became no longer available at retail — leaving consumers with few asthma-care options in the OTC aisle. Drug Store News recently interviewed King Bio president Frank King, who is introducing a new nonprescription inhaler for asthmatics, formulated with homeopathic ingredients, called AsthmaCare under its Safecare banner of products.

January 18, 2012

In an effort to tap into the minds of some of the industry's top executives, Drug Store News recently sat down and talked with some of these leaders in a multipart executive viewpoint video series.

December 15, 2011

The National Community Pharmacists Association recently unleashed a new front-end program that has seen more than 20% growth in test pilots. Operating under the hood of that program is 35-year retail veteran Gabe Trahan, NCPA senior director of store operations and marketing. Drug Store News caught up with Trahan to discuss the kinds of tools that can be accessed as part of the new program.

April 25, 2011

85% — that’s more or less the combined market share for the companies that make up the 2011 DSN PoweRx50, approximately $185 billion of the total $218 billion retail pharmacy industry. The DSN PoweRx50 indisputably reflects the true titans of the retail pharmacy industry. It is the ONLY truly CHANNEL-AGNOSTIC ranking of the retail pharmacy industry that measures all of retail pharmacy, including traditional drug chains, independents, supermarkets, mass and club stores — ALL of it. BA-BOOM!

March 25, 2011

There are a million stories in the retail pharmacy industry — this is about a dozen of them. Early in 2011, the editors and publishers of Drug Store News put out a call to select members of the vendor community for a chance to tell the stories of their companies, in their own words. What followed is DSN’s first-ever user-generated special report.

February 18, 2011

Talk about a bold retail vision. Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson said the nation’s top pharmacy retailer wants nothing less than to “own well.” He’s serious. Owning “well” — or, put another way, becoming the nation’s top retail resource for pharmacy and health-and-wellness services and products — is the kind of declaration few retail pharmacy executives would dare utter. But Wasson isn’t running just any drug store chain.

September 2, 2014

Murad, the skin care brand founded by Howard Murad, plans to open in October the company’s first official stand-alone retail boutique.

September 2, 2014

The Magic Hat Brewing Co. recently released Wilhelm Scream, its first-ever pumpkin ale that's named for the iconic scream sound effect that's been used in more than 200 movies.

September 1, 2014

In the wake of a disappointing second quarter, Fred's Super Dollar last week announced a series of initiatives, including the shuttering of 60 non-pharmacy stores and a stepped up focus on pharmacy.

August 25, 2014

Emdeon on Monday announced the launch of Emdeon Easy Save for retail pharmacies. The program gives access to some of the largest co-pay assistance programs available, while also encouraging retail pharmacies to offer co-pay coupon programs to customers when they need it, according to the company.

August 25, 2014

DSN presents a preview of some of the hottest beauty products that appear on the show floor at NACDS Total Store Expo.

August 25, 2014

DSN presents a preview of some of the hottest OTC products that appear on the show floor at NACDS Total Store Expo.

August 25, 2014

DSN presents a preview of some of the hottest pharmacy and technology products that will appear on the show floor at NACDS Total Store Expo.

August 25, 2014

With diabetes and other diseases at epidemic levels, the need for more pharmacies to step up and offer accessible, convenient patient screening for a variety of serious and even life-threatening conditions is clear, a panel of pharmacists asserted at Monday’s “Convenient Care — Point of Care Testing in the Pharmacy” session.