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03/14/2014 - 9:29am

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.

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02/25/2014 - 4:39pm

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.

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02/10/2014 - 5:51pm

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.

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01/02/2014 - 1:41pm

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

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11/27/2013 - 4:00pm

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.”

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11/05/2013 - 6:23pm

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.

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10/22/2013 - 11:57am

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.

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10/15/2013 - 3:07pm

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.

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09/18/2013 - 2:53pm

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."

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09/16/2013 - 9:11am

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."

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09/11/2013 - 12:57pm

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."

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09/09/2013 - 2:37pm

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."

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08/27/2013 - 3:05pm

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.

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08/05/2013 - 1:30pm

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.

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08/05/2013 - 1:28pm

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.

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08/05/2013 - 11:46am

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.

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08/05/2013 - 11:38am

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."

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08/05/2013 - 11:36am

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.

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08/05/2013 - 11:26am

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.

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08/05/2013 - 11:16am

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.

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08/05/2013 - 9:53am

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.

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08/05/2013 - 9:46am

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.

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08/02/2013 - 9:17am

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.

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08/01/2013 - 9:28am

Alissa Hsu Lynch, VP, GM for Valeant Consumer Products, recently talked with Drug Store News about the company's unique marketing approach behind the CeraVe brand and shared her insights on some of the hottest skin care trends on the horizon.

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07/16/2013 - 10:58am

AccentHealth's Dan Stone and PatientPoint's Tom McGuinness, co-founders of the Point of Care Communication Council, sat down with DSN before the group's inaugural meeting. The new association couldn't have come at a better time as healthcare providers look forward to the kind of outcomes-based medicine practice that will be driven by the Jan. 1, 2014 implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Because in an effort to achieve those better outcomes at the patient level, practitioners will need more health information at the point of care.