Poll

Which area of the industry do you think Amazon’s entry would shake up the most?

  • Mail-order/PBM (38%, 160 Votes)
  • Retail pharmacy (36%, 149 Votes)
  • Pharmaceutical distribution (26%, 110 Votes)

Total Voters: 419

Should U.S. employers cover a certain amount of employee medical marijuana expenses, as Shoppers Drug Mart reportedly plans to?

  • No (47%, 447 Votes)
  • Yes (42%, 399 Votes)
  • Undecided (11%, 103 Votes)

Total Voters: 949

The House GOP has passed a bill to replace the ACA. What business do you think the AHCA will help most if it passes the Senate?

  • Retail clinics (35%, 455 Votes)
  • Pharmacy utilization (34%, 450 Votes)
  • OTC (31%, 402 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,307

Which social media site do you use the most?

  • Facebook (55%, 563 Votes)
  • LinkedIn (14%, 146 Votes)
  • Twitter (10%, 102 Votes)
  • Instagram (10%, 99 Votes)
  • Snapchat (4%, 40 Votes)
  • Pinterest (4%, 40 Votes)
  • Reddit (3%, 29 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,019

When do you think the Federal Trade Commission will approve the Walgreens-Rite Aid deal?

  • After Inauguration Day (40%, 335 Votes)
  • The FTC will not approve the deal (37%, 309 Votes)
  • Before Inauguration Day (23%, 187 Votes)

Total Voters: 831

Do you think community pharmacy is an appropriate setting to host a licensed medical marijuana dispensary?

  • Yes (56%, 1,162 Votes)
  • No (44%, 896 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,058

Which of the presidential tickets will have the most positive impact on health care?

  • Trump/Pence (50%, 347 Votes)
  • Clinton/Kaine (50%, 341 Votes)

Total Voters: 688

Which of the presidential tickets do you think will have the most positive impact on your business?

  • Trump/Pence (58%, 404 Votes)
  • Clinton/Kaine (42%, 293 Votes)

Total Voters: 697

Which of the health care solutions proposed by the 2016 presidential candidates do you think would be best?

  • Repeal and replace the ACA (40%, 887 Votes)
  • Build on and improve the Affordable Care Act (35%, 774 Votes)
  • Have a single payer “Medicare for all” system (25%, 530 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,191

What area do you think will see the greatest advancement in the expansion of healthcare services in community pharmacy in 2016?

  • Retail Clinics (30%, 268 Votes)
  • Telemedicine (20%, 175 Votes)
  • Provider Status for Pharmacists (20%, 175 Votes)
  • Point of Care Testing (11%, 95 Votes)
  • Behavioral Coaching/Lifestyle Change (10%, 84 Votes)
  • Pharmacogenomics (6%, 57 Votes)
  • Other (please specify by clicking “comment” below) (3%, 30 Votes)

Total Voters: 884

Which of the current U.S. Presidential hopefuls do you think would be best for your business?

  • Donald Trump (38%, 2,256 Votes)
  • Hillary Clinton (26%, 1,566 Votes)
  • Ben Carson (9%, 546 Votes)
  • Jeb Bush (6%, 382 Votes)
  • Marco Rubio (6%, 337 Votes)
  • Ted Cruz (4%, 257 Votes)
  • Scott Walker (3%, 187 Votes)
  • Rand Paul (3%, 169 Votes)
  • Chris Christie (3%, 168 Votes)
  • Mike Huckabee (2%, 122 Votes)

Total Voters: 5,990

Who will win at the digital health game?

  • Google (35%, 338 Votes)
  • Apple (22%, 209 Votes)
  • WebMD (18%, 179 Votes)
  • Other (13%, 125 Votes)
  • IBM (6%, 58 Votes)
  • Facebook (5%, 48 Votes)
  • Twitter (1%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 972

An NY-based tech startup has created "Pager" — like Uber for physician house calls. Would you use a service like Pager?

  • Yes (56%, 478 Votes)
  • No (44%, 378 Votes)

Total Voters: 856

While the early results have been mixed, overall, how do you think the 2014 Holiday selling season will compare to 2013?

  • Slightly better (41%, 195 Votes)
  • About the same/flat (23%, 107 Votes)
  • Much better (17%, 78 Votes)
  • Slightly worse (15%, 72 Votes)
  • Much worse (4%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 471

Walgreens is reportedly testing in-store pet clinics. Do pet clinics have the potential to expand as retail clinics have?

  • Yes (62%, 755 Votes)
  • No (38%, 472 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,227

Should closely held companies have the right to refuse to provide certain kinds of health care to their employees?

  • No (58%, 820 Votes)
  • Yes (42%, 587 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,407

Over the next 12 months which social media platform will best help grow your business?

  • Facebook (40%, 213 Votes)
  • LinkedIn (21%, 113 Votes)
  • Twitter (12%, 63 Votes)
  • Google+ (10%, 51 Votes)
  • Pinterest (5%, 27 Votes)
  • YouTube (5%, 27 Votes)
  • Instagram (5%, 26 Votes)
  • Vine (2%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 528

In the wake of the CVS tobacco news, will other retailers in the channel follow suit?

  • Yes (59%, 466 Votes)
  • No (41%, 330 Votes)

Total Voters: 796

Should pharmacies be allowed to sell medical marijuana as Michigan state lawmakers propose?

  • Yes (58%, 961 Votes)
  • No (42%, 703 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,664

If you attended NACDS TSE, how would you rate your experience?

  • Below Expectations (55%, 183 Votes)
  • Met Expectations (29%, 97 Votes)
  • Exceeded Expectations (16%, 52 Votes)

Total Voters: 332

Are you worried the payroll tax could affect business either in your stores or in your category?

  • Yes (63%, 978 Votes)
  • No (22%, 343 Votes)
  • Not Sure (10%, 154 Votes)
  • Maybe (5%, 75 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,550

Which of the big three drug chains do you think offers the best card program for vendors to participate in?

  • CVS ExtraCare (41%, 839 Votes)
  • Walgreens Balance Rewards (34%, 686 Votes)
  • Rite Aid Wellness+ (25%, 514 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,039

Which candidate do you believe will have the most positive impact on the retail pharmacy business? Why? (Vote and comment here)

  • Romney (56%, 686 Votes)
  • Obama (44%, 543 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,229

Massachusetts’ new healthcare cost containment law vastly expands services at retail clinics — is it a model for other states?

  • Yes (62%, 204 Votes)
  • No (38%, 124 Votes)

Total Voters: 328

With the threat of more restricted pharmacy networks on the horizon, do you anticipate more deals like Walgreens-USA Drug?

  • Yes (87%, 527 Votes)
  • No (13%, 78 Votes)

Total Voters: 605

What's the most effective way to drive shopper loyalty?

  • Stick to the basics: Run clean, convenient, well-stocked stores (61%, 922 Votes)
  • Loyalty card (26%, 392 Votes)
  • Circular advertising (5%, 72 Votes)
  • Other (send your comments to [email protected]) (3%, 51 Votes)
  • Social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, etc.) (3%, 43 Votes)
  • Digital advertising (2%, 30 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,510

While the FTC has approved the ESI-Medco merger, several pharmacy groups are looking to block it. What do you think will happen?

  • The merger will go through as approved (72%, 216 Votes)
  • The merger will be blocked (28%, 83 Votes)

Total Voters: 299

The FTC reportedly will rule on the Express Scripts-Medco merger within the next 30 days. What do you think will happen?

  • This won't end so quickly; FTC will extend the 30-day period (40%, 440 Votes)
  • FTC will approve the merger (30%, 332 Votes)
  • FTC will sue to block the merger (30%, 328 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,100

What is your outlook for business in 2012?

  • Slightly better (26%, 217 Votes)
  • About the same (23%, 192 Votes)
  • Better (17%, 141 Votes)
  • Slightly worse (14%, 114 Votes)
  • The sky is falling — worst in years! (7%, 60 Votes)
  • Happy days are here again — the best in years! (7%, 55 Votes)
  • Much worse (6%, 54 Votes)

Total Voters: 833

What's your prediction for holiday sales 2011?

  • A little better than last year (39%, 196 Votes)
  • About the same as last year (27%, 139 Votes)
  • Worse than last year (16%, 82 Votes)
  • Much better than last year (15%, 76 Votes)
  • Best in several years (3%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 508

Do you think that antitrust regulators and shareholders will approve the $29 billion Express Scripts-Medco merger?

  • No (62%, 1,232 Votes)
  • Yes (38%, 756 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,988

Are shows like "Extreme Couponing" bad for business; do we need new coupon restrictions so "extremists" can't abuse the system?

  • No (55%, 637 Votes)
  • Yes (45%, 523 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,160

A new report on counterfeit drugs recommends a mandatory federal track-and-trace system. Is this a good idea?

  • YES. An electronic system is the only way to ensure the safety of the U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain. (65%, 134 Votes)
  • NO. Electronic track and trace would add major costs for pharmacies, when we are supposed to be lowering healthcare costs. (35%, 72 Votes)

Total Voters: 206

NACDS in 2013 will consolidate its conferences into one called Total Store Expo. How will the move impact your business?

  • I think it will help my business (e.g., fewer meetings lowers my costs) (65%, 134 Votes)
  • I think it will hurt my business (e.g., fewer meetings means less contact with retailers, less focus on my category) (35%, 72 Votes)

Total Voters: 206

There's growing fear that the price of gas will climb above $5 per gallon this summer. Do you believe retailers will lose trips?

  • Yes (92%, 380 Votes)
  • No (8%, 32 Votes)

Total Voters: 412

Congress has introduced a bill to restore FSA eligibility for OTC purchases. Do you think it should become a law?

  • YES. OTCs should be FSA eligible — it lowers the cost of treatment and eliminates unnecessary physician visits. (91%, 475 Votes)
  • NO. The government needs that tax money to pay for healthcare reform. (9%, 46 Votes)

Total Voters: 521

What is your outlook for front-end sales in 2011?

  • Front-end sales will grow 2% to 4% (37%, 93 Votes)
  • Front-end sales will grow less than 2% (35%, 87 Votes)
  • Front-end sales will drop (15%, 38 Votes)
  • Front-end sales will grow 5% or more (13%, 31 Votes)

Total Voters: 249

Former Kinray CEO Stewart Rahr is pushing for Donald Trump to run for President in 2012. Would that be good for the industry?

  • No (74%, 596 Votes)
  • Yes (26%, 207 Votes)

Total Voters: 803

Some drug chains have begun offering fresh food in their stores. Do you expect other pharmacy retailers to mimic these efforts?

  • Yes (67%, 14 Votes)
  • No (33%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 21

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