February 13, 2013

The generic drug tidal wave became a tsunami in 2012, with some of the world's top-selling pharmaceuticals swamped by generic competition, and health plan payers scrambling to reap billions of dollars in financial savings.

February 13, 2013

Now in its 14th year, in 2012, DSN changed up the format at the annual Industry Issues Summit conference. This year's theme was finding white spices for retailers and suppliers to co-create and bring new innovation to the consumer.

February 5, 2013

Money is a powerful motivator. Look no further than the sports world for validation. The PGA’s FedEx Cup encourages golfers to earn “points” towards participation in playoffs that offer a big season-ending payoff. Tennis has a similar format with the U.S. Open Series where performance in a series of events equates to a huge prize purse. Both instances use hefty prize money to help ensure the top performers participate and at high levels. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have applied this sports theory to its rankings system of Medicare Advantage (MA) and Prescription Drug Plans (PDP) plans. And there’s billions of dollars up-for-grabs for healthcare plans.

February 5, 2013

DSN sat down with Radek Sali, CEO of Australia's Swisse Wellness, to discuss insights into the company's U.S. market launch with brand ambassador and Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman leading the way.

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.

January 23, 2013

In celebration of its involvement in the "People's Choice Awards," which aired in early January, Walgreens hosted "Night at the W" events at stores nationwide. Sure not to miss this Red Carpet event, DSNTV went behind the scenes to talk with Walgreens district manager Jerry Telson and Walgreens senior beauty adviser Erianny Diaz in Manhattan to learn more about "Night at the W" and how Walgreens continues to elevate the beauty experience at mass.

January 15, 2013

Long gone are the days when growth in the beauty aisle was driven largely by manufacturers and marketers via packaging and promotion. Today, retailers and technology are playing an even greater role in the marketing process to further elevate the beauty experience.

January 9, 2013

Medagate recently executed the first implementation of its 2.0 restricted-spend platform, which encourages eligible consumers to make healthy living choices by purchasing qualified items at the point of sale, through Fred's Super Dollar stores. DSN sat down with Medagate president Devin Wade to discuss the breadth of the program and his company's future plans.

December 27, 2012

One week following the re-election of President Barack Obama, DSN spoke with Mike Cantrell, president of AmerisourceBergen's Good Neighbor Pharmacy, on the impact — and opportunity — healthcare reform holds for community pharmacies.

December 27, 2012

The Obama administration recently stressed the importance of increasing coverage of HIV treatment, as well as increasing access to HIV testing and counseling. It's an initiative that Walgreens, with more than 700 HIV-specialized pharmacies and over 2,000 pharmacists with special HIV/AIDS-accredited educational training, follows closely. Walgreens' senior manager for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis pharmacy services Glen Pietrandoni talked with DSN on the scope of Walgreens' HIV/AIDS services.

December 15, 2012

In an exclusive video store tour, Rite Aid COO Ken Martindale walks Drug Store News editor Rob Eder and the DSN.TV cameras through its newest Wellness store, which features several important new elements and a vastly updated look throughout the store.

December 13, 2012

Everybody talks product innovation, but how do you identify the voids in consumers’ lives that no one else yet sees? DSN.TV took to the streets of New York City in November to ask consumers, “If a company could create a revolutionary new product that met some unfulfilled need in your life, what would it be?”

December 10, 2012

Armed with a new store concept and the wellness+ loyalty card program, Rite Aid is mounting a comeback and posting its best results in years.

December 10, 2012

DSN looks back on the past year's most influential events in the pharmacy industry, from Obamacare and record patent expirations to Humira surpassing Lipitor as the world's top-selling drug and the merger of Walgreens and Alliance Boots.

November 30, 2012

Today pharmacists are administering vaccinations, managing patients’ medication therapy regimens and providing expertise on everything from specialty drugs to travel medicine. With all these changes in the pharmacy, it’s important to train the next generation of pharmacists. DSN Collaborative Care recently had the opportunity to talk with Bill Riffee, dean of the University of Florida’s College of Pharmacy, about how pharmacy schools are preparing students.

November 27, 2012

New product launches may be the lifeblood of the health-and-beauty aid industry, but most new product introductions reach only a modicum of success. Hamacher Resource Group VP Dave Wendland explores some of the pitfalls to avoid in launching a new product to market and offers measures companies can take to improve their innovation success rates in this interview with DSN. Wendland also discussed the topic in his recent blog, "New product launches: Lessons for success."

November 19, 2012

The year 2012 is coming to an end, and it's been a big year for generic drugs. It's the year that the most lucrative drug of all time became commoditized. It's the year that Watson bought Actavis for $5.6 billion. And it's the year the FDA released draft guidance for biosimilars regulations. All of these events speak to some of the most important trends in the world of generics — trends that are often interrelated.

November 19, 2012

Walmart is rapidly expanding its impact on pharmacy by opening its smaller 45,000-sq.-ft. Neighborhood Market stores at a faster pace, while also experimenting with the even smaller 15,000-sq.-ft. Walmart Express format.

October 26, 2012

Celebrity manicurist Gina Edwards has manicured the hands of some of today’s biggest celebrities and collaborated with some of the most seasoned photographers and stylists. To get her insight into the dominating nail trends coming for spring 2013, DSN.TV went behind the scenes at Clover Canyon during NYC Fashion Week to talk with Edwards.

October 16, 2012

Natural Products Solutions recently announced the launch of VirMax T Testosterone. As part of that launch, DSN caught up with NPS president and CEO Marty Gallant to discuss men’s health supplements.

October 15, 2012

In part 3 of his exclusive interview series with Walgreens executives, DSN editor Rob Eder talks to Walgreens president of daily living products and solutions Joe Magnacca about the massive transformation taking place in Walgreens stores.

October 9, 2012

With healthcare reform on track to bring 32 million more Americans into the healthcare system in 2014, and with payers and patients looking for solutions to curb costs as the nation battles a shortage of primary care physicians and access to quality care, CVS Caremark’s role in reinventing pharmacy through its distinctive business model couldn’t be more imperative than it is today.

October 9, 2012

In part 2 of his exclusive interview with Walgreens executives, DSN editor Rob Eder talks to Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson about how the company’s recent acquisition of Alliance Boots helps accelerate the massive transformation that is already under way across its business and its stores.

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