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December 6, 2009

Switch (and more recently the economy) drives sales of over-the-counter medicines. And sales are looking...

NEW YORK Switch (and more recently the economy) drives sales of over-the-counter medicines. And sales are looking good for years to come.

 

Though, to be honest, the down economy was somewhat of a double-edged sword for purveyors of branded OTC medicines. Sure, more people elected to seek remedies in the nonprescription aisle before paying for a doctor’s visit, but they also walked out of those aisles with more private label products in their baskets. That’s great news for drug retailers but of concern to OTC manufacturers.

 

December 6, 2009

Ignorance is not always bliss. For as much such associations as the Natural Products Association...

NEW YORK Ignorance is not always bliss. For as much such associations as the Natural Products Association and the Council for Responsible Nutrition assert that the dietary supplement business is in fact regulated, there still are a host of organizations that ought to know better, suggesting it isn’t.

If “Supplement Safety Now” is successful, it stands to increase the cost of doing business for retailers and supplement suppliers without making one dent into the illicit business of steroids.

December 3, 2009

A near doubling in the diabetes population and near tripling in costs of treating the...

NEW YORK A near doubling in the diabetes population and near tripling in costs of treating the disease threatens to create a huge drag on the healthcare system and the economy as a whole, but retail pharmacies have the opportunity to help bring some of those costs down.

A study commissioned by Danish drug maker Novo Nordisk forecasts that by 2034, the American diabetes population will be 44.1 million, while spending on the disease will total $336 billion.

December 3, 2009

The expansion of MinuteClinic's partnership with Humana not only further illustrates the important role that...

NEW YORK The expansion of MinuteClinic's partnership with Humana not only further illustrates the important role that retail-based clinics play in the U.S. healthcare system and the model's growing acceptance among third-party payers, but it also underscores the significance of worksite clinics.

December 3, 2009

The digestives aisle will be altogether crowded come early 2010, especially with two new proton-pump...

NEW YORK The digestives aisle will be altogether crowded come early 2010, especially with two new proton-pump inhibitors on the shelf. And while there may be some question as to just how large sales of antacids can get, one thing is for sure: There will be a slew of advertisers vying for their own increased share of stomach.

November 29, 2009

The fact that Roche has enhanced its capabilities across its iPhone app platform really only...

NEW YORK The fact that Roche has enhanced its capabilities across its iPhone app platform really only means one thing: Roche has dialed into a new way to reach its users, and it’s a way that is very rapidly growing in market share.

 

And what should be really telling about all of this iPhone action — it’s all opt-in, meaning consumers are actively interested in engaging with the manufacturers of their healthcare products in an effort to better manage their health.

 

November 29, 2009

An ever-rising tide of newly diagnosed diabetics can only mean one thing for retailers and...

NEW YORK An ever-rising tide of newly diagnosed diabetics can only mean one thing for retailers and suppliers offering diabetes solutions — opportunity — because where there’s pain, there’s gain.

 

November 24, 2009

Pharmacogenomics in Aisle 1?...

NEW YORK Pharmacogenomics in Aisle 1?

Not quite, but the continued evolution of Kerr’s Community Healthcare Center store concept certainly offers a glimpse into what role community pharmacy could play in the American healthcare system of the future — and it goes far beyond just MTM. Like the deal CVS Caremark announced last week with Generation Health, pharmacogenomics, the study of how genetics influence drug response, represents the new frontier of community pharmacy.

November 24, 2009

The FDA's action to tackle the selling of unapproved or misbranded drugs through rogue Internet...

NEW YORK The FDA's action to tackle the selling of unapproved or misbranded drugs through rogue Internet sites comes at a critical time, as economic woes have forced cash-strapped consumers to look for ways to save money and curb soaring healthcare costs. Aside from the significant health hazards, such Internet sites have a broad-reaching, negative economic impact.

November 24, 2009

If anyone still doubted the extraordinary contributions that pharmacists can bring to the nation’s costly...

NEW YORK If anyone still doubted the extraordinary contributions that pharmacists can bring to the nation’s costly and overloaded healthcare system, the Nov. 23 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine should lay their doubts to rest. In a report on a new and innovative approach to treating hypertension, the publication highlighted the impact that a true working collaboration between doctors and pharmacists can have on successful patient outcomes.

November 22, 2009

For all the good that associations like the Council for Responsible Nutrition and the Natural...

NEW YORK For all the good that associations like the Council for Responsible Nutrition and the Natural Products Association have done in rooting any discussion around supplements in sound science, there always seems to be these somewhat faulty meta-analyses that serve as an undercurrent to that sound science.

 

November 22, 2009

The simple fact is that healthcare reform in this country has to be paid for...

NEW YORK The simple fact is that healthcare reform in this country has to be paid for somehow. But cutting OTCs out of FSAs amounts to an additional healthcare tax levied against Americans actually trying to save money on health care today. That’s just backward thinking.

November 19, 2009

A whole slew of health policy-makers, health-reform advocates, federal and state lawmakers, budget hawks and...

NEW YORK A whole slew of health policy-makers, health-reform advocates, federal and state lawmakers, budget hawks and healthcare stakeholders — not to mention the Obama administration and the managed care industry — are desperately searching for ways to cut out-of-control healthcare spending and rein in the spiraling national deficit. But one of the biggest potential levers for curbing healthcare spending doesn’t seem to be getting the attention it deserves.

 

November 19, 2009

Men may not like to be labeled as high-maintenance, but here’s a little secret: Many...

NEW YORK Men may not like to be labeled as high-maintenance, but here’s a little secret: Many men care a great deal about their appearance, especially their facial hair.

 

A lot of guys today are sporting facial hair, whether it is a beard or a goatee, so it is important to better understand what tools guys can't live without and where they turn to for grooming tips and advice.

 

 

November 19, 2009

In a nutshell, this program gives any legislative body — state or local — debating...

NEW YORK In a nutshell, this program gives any legislative body — state or local — debating around whether a prescription ought to be required in the purchase of a pseudoephedrine product one less reason to pull the trigger on that decision. And it’s a pretty big reason. Before, the argument could be made that implementing a program like NPLEx was prohibitive because of the associated cost.

November 15, 2009

Don’t be surprised to see an “Under New Management” sign hanging from the door of...

NEW YORK Don’t be surprised to see an “Under New Management” sign hanging from the door of Mead Johnson’s doors sometime soon — the split-off makes it easier now for Mead Johnson to be acquired, and it just may be a very lucrative target.

 

November 15, 2009

What it means is a stronger dietary supplement industry sans criticism that the industry is...

NEW YORK What it means is a stronger dietary supplement industry sans criticism that the industry is rampant with hucksters trying to talk consumers into the miracle cure du jour. Why it’s important: Well, the industry generates some $6 billion in mass channel sales (food, drug and mass, including Walmart), up 7%, according to Nielsen data, and the more confidence consumers have in this category, the more likely they are to buy.

 

November 15, 2009

If nothing else, this survey reinforces the following two points: Retail pharmacists are oft-utilized recommenders...

NEW YORK If nothing else, this survey reinforces the following two points: Retail pharmacists are oft-utilized recommenders of nonprescription remedies, and consumers are more and more turning to their pharmacists' OTC recommendations in an effort to save money in this tight economy.

 

November 12, 2009

Whether it is through its Maintenance Choice program, the MinuteClinic business or its ExtraCare Health...

NEW YORK Whether it is through its Maintenance Choice program, the MinuteClinic business or its ExtraCare Health card offering, CVS Caremark has been loud and clear in its mission to lower healthcare costs and improve patient outcomes. Now, the pharmacy healthcare provider is going one step further through a new partnership with Generation Health.

November 12, 2009

The United States has long been a laggard in healthcare information technology, but the country...

NEW YORK The United States has long been a laggard in healthcare information technology, but the country lately has undergone a Cambrian explosion of e-prescribing, as numbers from Walgreens and the e-prescribing network Surescripts demonstrate. The $19 billion that the federal stimulus package offers as an incentive to adopt HIT likely will accelerate the trend.

 

November 12, 2009

Like their chain pharmacy counterparts, the people who own and operate their own single-store or...

NEW YORK Like their chain pharmacy counterparts, the people who own and operate their own single-store or small-chain drug stores — as well as the advocacy groups that lobby on their behalf — are keeping close tabs on the progress of the various health-reform bills moving through the U.S. Senate and House. They should.

November 8, 2009

An acquisition of second-tier brands like Efferdent and Luden's can only be good news for...

NEW YORK An acquisition of second-tier brands like Efferdent and Luden's can only be good news for the health of each of these brands, especially as Blacksmith Brands breathes some new life into each of these franchises.

 

November 8, 2009

This kind of news is more notable for what it doesn’t mean than what it...

NEW YORK This kind of news is more notable for what it doesn’t mean than what it means. And what it doesn’t mean is good news for the dietary supplement industry, because what it doesn’t mean is the industry is “unregulated,” or even “loosely regulated,” for those of you keeping track of how often reporters on some of the major dailies get it wrong.

 

November 8, 2009

The ultimate impact in allowing local municipalities to regulate what’s prescription and what isn’t, will...

NEW YORK The ultimate impact in allowing local municipalities to regulate what’s prescription and what isn’t, will more than quadruple the price of nonprescription medicines, and not just decongestants. And that’s outrageous.

 

November 6, 2009

Divesting itself of its West Coast store base certainly would place Rite Aid in a...

NEW YORK Divesting itself of its West Coast store base certainly would place Rite Aid in a much more favorable position with regard to its debt load, merchandising and marketing synergies and supply chain efficiencies. So why not divest?