November 12, 2013

In part 2 of this three-part exclusive interview series with Target, Kevin Ronneberg, associate medical director, talks with DSNTV about Target’s growing retail clinic business, how it is simplifying the pharmacy experience and transforming the delivery of health care to its guests.

November 10, 2013

If your brand was delisted tomorrow, would anybody care?” That’s the cold, hard question retailers and manufacturers need to confront. That was a key message Shannon Curtin, Walgreens group VP beauty, personal care and seasonal, had for attendees of a special one-day summit co-hosted by The Drug Store News Group and the Mack Elevation Forum in August called “Seven Ideas to Create the Future.” In the first part of this DSN Executive Viewpoints video series, Curtin discusses the art of “Co-creation Innovation.”

November 6, 2013

In part 1 of this three-part exclusive interview series with Target, Marc Baer, senior director health care, shares with DSNTV how engagement is driving Target’s overall approach to health and wellness, and how its consumer-centric style is helping to simplify the complex healthcare landscape for its guests.

November 5, 2013

It has been estimated that specialty accounts for about 20% of the total drug spend, representing tremendous opportunities for industry players including Target. To learn more about the Target Specialty Pharmacy business and how it is helping support patients and manage rising specialty pharmacy costs, DSN senior editor Antoinette Alexander spoke with Kevin Ronneberg, associate medical director at Target.

October 22, 2013

DSN recently sat down with Kerr Drug's Tony Civello to talk about how, like Walgreens — which announced last month that it would acquire the Carolina regional chain — Kerr Drug has really helped to transform the role of the pharmacist in the markets it serves.

October 15, 2013

The research firm IHS predicts that 1.8 million people will access health and wellness care via electronic and video links by 2017, and the Department of Health and Human Services showed its commitment to telehealth in September by donating $5.3 million to set it up in rural areas. Meanwhile, drug store chains like Rite Aid and Thrifty White have been making investments of their own. On Oct. 9, services provider MDLive announced that it appointed Travis Stork, co-host of the Emmy award-winning CBS series "The Doctors," to its medical advisory board. Stork recently took the time to talk to DSN about telehealth and what it means for pharmacy retailers.

October 1, 2013

With the Shopper Marketing Expo quickly approaching, taking place Oct. 8 to 10 in Chicago, the Path to Purchase Institute is offering a preview of some key educational seminars for attendees.

September 23, 2013

With the Shopper Marketing Expo quickly approaching, taking place Oct. 8 to 10 in Chicago, the Path to Purchase Institute is offering a preview of some key educational seminars for attendees.

September 18, 2013

DSN sat down with Jim Griffiths, VP scientific and international affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, to talk about what CRN is doing to support supplementation across the globe. "Every single CRN/CRN International member is either a multinational or wants to be a multinational," Griffiths said, explaining the importance in having a worldwide perspective. "[And many local] manufacturers rely on ingredients, many of which are coming from global sources."

September 16, 2013

DSN visited with Mike Greene, VP government relations for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, to talk about the role one of the leading VMS associations plays on Capitol Hill. "[Right now], the new dietary ingredients issue is one of the core issues that needs to be addressed," Greene said. "When I'm on Capitol Hill and talking about NDIs, I typically talk about it as the last piece of the puzzle that is the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act."

September 11, 2013

Drug Store News sat down with Duffy MacKay, VP scientific and regulatory affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, recently to discuss the science behind the supplements. "One of the big challenges in nutrition research, is the fact that the standard is a drug research model," MacKay noted. "There are several realities within nutrition science that don't lend themselves to be studied in the classic drug model."

September 9, 2013

The Drug Store News Group recently spoke with Judy Blatman, SVP communications for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, to discuss the communication and advocacy roles CRN conducts on behalf of the industry. "It's important that whatever we do defines a responsible industry," Blatman said. "And so we work on initiatives that put us front and center with the media, [making] us a respected voice in the scientific community, on Capitol Hill and in the international arena."

August 27, 2013

How can retail pharmacy play a greater role in battling the nation's prescription drug abuse epidemic? Data. To shed light on how CVS Caremark tapped its extensive prescribing database to identify signs of potential inappropriate prescribing, CVS Caremark¹s Troy Brennan talked with DSN about the program and the ongoing efforts to combat prescription drug abuse.

August 20, 2013

A pair of pharmacists from Whitsett, N.C., were the winners of a special text-to-vote competition to highlight independent pharmacy best practices at the Cardinal Health 2013 Retail Business Conference.

August 5, 2013

David Houle sometimes brings up a quote from the famed cyberpunk fiction author William Gibson: "The future is already here. It just hasn't been evenly distributed yet." Houle recently talked with DSN about how this applies to health care, noting that "We won't call it health care. We'll call it health management."

August 5, 2013

Rob Hooper, national sales manager for OTC with Actavis Pharmaceutical, sat down with DSN to discuss how Actavis is preparing for the inaugural NACDS Total Store Expo. Actavis Pharmaceutical, one of the leaders in the OTC private label industry and recently acquired by Watson Pharmaceutical, plans to leverage its extensive experience within the prescription medicine business to offer best-in-class options across store brand products.

August 5, 2013

As drug store chains like Walgreens, Duane Reade, Rite Aid and Bartell Drugs — not to mention a few independents as well — go upscale, one of the noticeable changes they make is to the beauty department. But a key element, beauty futurist Jeanine Recckio told DSN, is "retailtainment." In other words, beauty should be fun, and as more pharmacy retailers understand that, the line that divides their beauty departments from those of specialty and department stores will become increasingly thin.

August 5, 2013

Martha Stewart characterized the aging of America as a “silver tsunami” that will have older Americans surfing the web for all things health and wellness in this exclusive interview with DSN. Fresh from publishing “Living the Good Long Life,” Stewart has partnered with Inergetics on her own line of supplements at the inaugural NACDS Total Store Expo. Listen in as she provides her take on realizing a healthy lifestyle.

August 5, 2013

Sandra Canally, president and founder of the Compliance Team, one of 10 CMS-approved agencies to accredit all DMEPOS, sat down with DSN to discuss the business of diabetes supplies and durable medical equipment and why this is still a sound business opportunity for independents and regional operators to pursue.

August 5, 2013

As younger generations and even older people become more wired - and wireless - they will demand greater convenience in how they get their products. As an example of things to come, Doug Stephens tested eBay Now, a service from the online retailer that allows somebody to order an item with a mobile device and have it delivered anywhere, whether it's a permanent address or — as Stephens found — a park bench. Stephens is currently working on a TV series about the future of retail.

August 5, 2013

Pharmacists are likely to play an even greater role in patients' health care than they do now, possibly branching into services like shots and checkups, Jim Carroll told DSN. Technology will play a greater role as well, as there is greater connectivity with home medical technology devices and the Internet that changes the relationship between patients, doctors and pharmacists. "I think we're going to see this fascinatingly strange, very connected world appearing in every aspect of retail, and it's all driven by mobile devices," Carroll said.

August 5, 2013

The Council for Responsible Nutrition celebrates its 40th anniversary this fall. DSN sat down with president and CEO Steve Mister to discuss what the supplement category was like four decades ago, and how the association is setting the stage for four decades from now.

August 5, 2013

A growing number of cities — including Seattle, where Glen Hiemstra lives — are ditching the 1950s highways-and-suburbs school of development and embracing dense city centers and walkable communities. One of the biggest things people want to walk to is a place to get food, Hiemstra told DSN. Drug stores' approach to food has often been similar to that of convenience stores, but changing living patterns mean that fresh foods and prepared foods could become more common, making the drug store a destination for everything from fruit salad to sushi. In addition, 3D printing could grow in importance as drug stores use it to create small products and components, as well as on-demand items for customers, saving storeroom space in the process.

August 2, 2013

Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Inmar is a company that has developed a digital promotion platform that it describes as an end-to-end system to allow markets to create, launch and manage digital offers. Jeff Pepperworth, president of Inmar's healthcare network, recently spoke with Drug Store News about the company and its products, which it will showcase next month at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores' Total Store Expo in Las Vegas.