September 5, 2014

Mission Pharmacal Company has developed two zinc-oxide sprays that are poised to set the environmental standard for aerosol performance – Dr. Smith’s® Diaper Rash Spray and Dr. Smith’s Rash+Skin® Spray. Mission Pharmacal used Honeywell Solstice® Propellant, one of the most environmentally preferable aerosol technologies available today, to bring to market these new products. 

August 20, 2014

Don’t think of it as a set prototype — it’s an evolution. That’s what Rite Aid executives have always maintained, since first launching its Wellness store format in 2010. If you want to see where the evolution has taken the chain, and how the very latest thinking is reflected in the current format, watch Rite Aid president and COO Ken Martindale walk DSN through the company’s newly remodeled Wellness store in Beverly Hills, Calif., on North Canon Road.

August 14, 2014

Rite Aid and Heritage Provider Network recently announced a new agreement to bring the Rite Aid Health Alliance program to HPN's chronic and polychronic patients in Southern California. The agreement marked Rite Aid’s fifth such partnership — and largest to date — under its Health Alliance initiative, which pairs local physicians with Rite Aid pharmacists and a new position in Rite Aid stores — the in-store “health coach” — to help patients meet specific health-related goals identified by their doctors.

July 15, 2014

Making key decisions about implementing pharmacy automation at both the pharmacy and central fill levels has been a challenge throughout the industry. However, times are changing. To discuss how technology is impacting the industry and how innovative solutions are helping to boost pharmacists' productivity, drive ROI and optimize the fulfillment process, DSNTV recently interviewed Doyle Jensen of Innovation for its Executive Viewpoint video series.

May 30, 2014

DSN recently had a chance to sit down and talk with Jay Lenstrom, general manager of Crossmark's Marketing Werks, an experiential and event marketing firm that helps brands pop at retail by engaging consumers on their path to purchase. Lenstrom calls what they do “engagement marketing” — creating a two-way conversation between brand and consumer. It’s a marketing arena that’s changed dramatically over the past five years and will continue to evolve in time with smartphones and social media.

May 29, 2014

For chronic pain sufferers, there is a real problem with the abuse of painkillers in the United States. While the number of patients who have a legitimate need for prescription painkillers — 100 million plus — is vastly more than the number of people addicted to painkillers — 11 million — there is a stigma attached to the prescribing, dispensing and utilization of pain medicines.

May 21, 2014

Novartis Consumer Health has set its sights on making the pain category easier to shop for consumers and helping retailers drive overall category growth through its "beyond the brands" strategy. To discuss these initiatives and more, DSNTV recently interviewed Todd Hutsko of Novartis Consumer Health for its Executive Viewpoint video series

May 16, 2014

Drug Store News recently sat down with Miranda Rochol, VP product and strategy for Healthcare Data Solutions, to discuss how comprehensive prescriber validation data solutions can save a pharmacy operation billions of dollars in costs.

April 25, 2014

Former SVP Walgreens Randy Lewis recently released his first book “No Greatness without Goodness,” which outlines the progression Walgreens made in giving people with disabilities the opportunity for employment. According to Lewis, 1-in-5 Americans has a disability, and nearly 70% of people with disabilities and 95% with such severe cognitive disabilities as autism will never hold down a job. Having experienced success with the Walgreens disability initiative and knowing it had the potential to make an impact on the broader workplace, Walgreens invited other companies to visit their facilities and see the program in action. DSN had an opportunity to sit down with Lewis to discuss the book and Walgreens’ accomplishments.

April 24, 2014

As part of the launch of DSN’s new microsite, DrugStoreNews.com/Pain-Management, DSN had the opportunity to speak with Carmen Catizone, executive director of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, regarding a new initiative that the association is spearheading to address the current patient access problem when it comes to pain management pharmaceuticals.

April 24, 2014

DSN sat down with Stuart Amos, president and CEO of FlavoRx, to discuss FlavoRx and the new initiatives being generated by the compliance and adherence solution.

March 14, 2014

In advance of CHPA’s 2014 Annual Executive Conference, DSN sat down with Scott Melville, CHPA president and CEO, and Jim Mackey, CHPA chairman, to discuss what’s in store for the OTC industry.

February 25, 2014

DSN recently caught up with Dick Domann, VP pharmacy services for TrialCard, to talk about adherence and abandonment solutions. Capturing otherwise lost scripts is a significant opportunity for retail pharmacy, and TrialCard has a tool to help reclaim those prescriptions.

February 10, 2014

DSN recently sat down with Martie Moore, chief nursing officer at Medline, to discuss this year's virulent flu season and what efforts caretakers can take to help stop the spread of the flu.

January 30, 2014

“You have got to get real and get back to the customer.” That’s critical advice Family Dollar EVP and chief merchandising officer Jason Reiser had for vendors looking to bring value to the dollar store channel, in a special video interview with DSNTV.

January 29, 2014

Ken Martindale, president and COO of Rite Aid, discussed the challenges involved and the careful process behind the reinvention of a brand, and shared the story of Rite Aid’s own reinvention as a company — and the decisions and strategies its leaders put in place to drive that transformation — at a special one-day summit co-hosted by The Drug Store News Group and the Mack Elevation Forum in August.

January 23, 2014

In a recent report, 59News explored how DEA regulations on pain medications can limit a pharmacy's supply, preventing patients from obtaining their medications.

January 8, 2014

News stories about doctor shopping and prescription pad pilfering in pursuit of a pain-pill induced high have become commonplace, prompting many legislators and regulators to consider further restrictions on pain medicines like hydrocodone compounds. But there may be a story that’s not being told — that the patients who suffer from chronic pain and need that hydrocodone to reclaim their lives are being stigmatized. The prevalence of pain pill abuse has left in its wake as many as 116 million legitimate pain sufferers who are finding it more difficult to access their therapies.

January 2, 2014

One reason pain patient advocates are so passionate about what they do is because they are pain patients themselves — they know the stigma associated with chronic pain; they know how difficult it can be to access appropriate pain therapy sometimes. That’s the story of Gina Libby, volunteer pain patient advocate who has lived with chronic pain for more than 20 years.

December 10, 2013

DSN connected with GMDC’s president and CEO Dave McConnell to discuss the versatility of a relatively new offering — GMDC Connect powered by Telepresence. It’s a platform that supports education, collaboration and real-time decision making no matter where the participants are, including on their smartphones or tablets.

December 5, 2013

Regular visits to the doctor, keeping a strict fitness routine and dieting are perceived to be the most important elements in managing and preventing diabetes, according to a recent online survey of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers with diabetes or a family history of diabetes. As many as 94% of respondents visited their doctor regularly, and the same number of respondents exercised regularly. To see more Patient Views, click here.

December 5, 2013

Among diabetes sufferers and those with a diabetic in their household, the critical role of the physician in condition management is most visible, according to a recent online survey of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers. Eight-in-10 indicate their doctor is very or somewhat involved in their own or their household member's diabetes management; half report their doctor is their primary source for condition info — 43% more than those using the second-most common source, health-related web sites.

December 5, 2013

Making regular doctor appointments is the activity done most often by respondents (78%) to live a healthy life, at least 10 percentage points higher than diet and exercise, according to a recent online survey of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers with diabetes or a family history of diabetes. As many as 70% limit alcohol consumption, and 68% monitor their diet.

November 27, 2013

Like its nonprescription powders, UrgentRx is on the go with a number of new points of distribution. DSN caught up with UrgentRx CEO Jordan Eisenberg to talk about how the brand has succeeded as a “disruptor to the category.”