January 29, 2014

As the massive changes wrought by the Affordable Care Act reach a crescendo in early 2014, who are Americans turning to for help navigating the complexities of a health system in transformation?

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 10, 2014

One of the principles of association leadership says that an association should reflect the membership. Hopefully, NACDS’ approach to member service has resembled the can-do spirit of community pharmacy during the launch of exchange-based insurance.

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 3, 2014

“How do we develop and maintain higher level strategic partnerships?” That was the theme of the recent Drug Store Industry Issues Summit in New York in December. Once a year, senior retail and manufacturing leaders get together to review the ever changing dynamics around how we create value for each other while satisfying the needs of the shopper.

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 27, 2013

As the company completes its 50th year in business and the country awaits a period of change in health care unlike anything seen in at least that time, CVS Caremark executives are quite confident that its unique hybrid structure and its ability to leverage the three core parts of its business — either individually or together, in varying combinations to serve a multitude of needs — aligns more effectively with the long-term trends in health care and puts the company in a unique position at a singular moment in history.

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.”

November 18, 2013

In part 3 of this three-part exclusive interview series with Target, Steve Lafferty, senior director of Health Care Partnerships, discusses with DSNTV how Target is fueling innovation in health care with its Simplicity Challenge.

November 18, 2013

Bob Narveson, president and CEO of Thrifty White Pharmacy and chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, clearly believes the benefits of medication synchronization far outweigh any possible reduction in customer store visits.

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 11, 2013

In terms of boosting medication adherence and prescription volumes, the benefits of consolidating all of a patient’s prescriptions into a single, once-a-month refill process are even greater than previously thought.

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 8, 2013

With all of the excitement, interest — and burning questions — about medication synchronization, DSN recently assembled five of the top technology providers in the industry for a virtual roundtable discussion.

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 24, 2013

“The best of a chain combined with the best of an independent pharmacy.” That’s how Health Mart president Steve Courtman describes Health Mart’s “unique value proposition in the marketplace.”

October 23, 2013

Looking back at the Health 2.0 7th Annual Fall Conference, more than 2,000 health IT entrepreneurs and thought leaders gathered to forge ahead in leading the healthcare revolution through innovative technologies, policies and collaborative ideas.

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 17, 2013

Fifteen years of ExtraCare data is influencing everything from how the company builds stores to how it communicates with customers.