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September 9, 2010

It’s about time....

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT It’s about time.

(THE NEWS: NACDS, NCPA in joint statement praise CMS' move to withdraw provisions of AMP rule currently blocked by injunction. For the full story, click here)

September 9, 2010

There have been a spate of announcements in the past month around the growing prominence...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT There have been a spate of announcements in the past month around the growing prominence of fresh-food offerings in nontraditional retail settings (aka the corner drug store) that capitalize on the convenience opportunity a typical pharmacy footprint represents. Walgreens announced a move to bring healthier food choices to more inner-city residents, and CVS/pharmacy recently expanded its Urban Cluster store concept featuring a more prominent consumables department. But Rite Aid’s story is not a me-too story.

September 9, 2010

This week’s decision by the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals could make political efforts...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT This week’s decision by the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals could make political efforts to ban generic-branded patent settlements a lot more difficult.

(THE NEWS: Appeals court upholds decision to OK 'pay-for-delay' deals. For the full story, click here)

September 1, 2010

Retailers operating outside of the dollar channel are beginning to experience some night terrors. Because...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT Retailers operating outside of the dollar channel are beginning to experience some night terrors. Because the fear is, what if American consumers learn from this bargain-hunting experience once the economy recovers? What if they decide quality and convenience in a dollar store today is comparable with other channels, and that the only real point of difference is the price point?

September 1, 2010

Add another plank to the increasingly solid platform that supports pharmacy’s long-standing fight for a...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT Add another plank to the increasingly solid platform that supports pharmacy’s long-standing fight for a full seat at the healthcare table.

(THE NEWS: ASHP: Healthcare teams with pharmacists improve patient care. For the full story, click here)

September 1, 2010

The announcement by P&G that it is looking to further expand its Future Friendly platform...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT The announcement by P&G that it is looking to further expand its Future Friendly platform in 2011 to now target a reduction in packaging materials, as well as truck and fuel usage, is important on several different levels. Not only does the next phase of the program further solidify P&G's lead role as a consumer packaged goods company that is making a significant impact to better the environment, but, at the retailer level, P&G is expecting to see a boost in powder detergent sales.

August 26, 2010

Take Care Health Systems’ announcement that its Take Care Clinics ranked among the top 10%...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT Take Care Health Systems’ announcement that its Take Care Clinics ranked among the top 10% of all organizations globally in engaging their customers, according to Gallup research, is not only important for Take Care but also for the overall convenient care clinic industry.

(THE NEWS: Gallup: Take Care Clinics tops at customer engagement. For the full story, click here

August 26, 2010

You only have to look as far as a recent SymphonyIRI Group study to realize...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT You only have to look as far as a recent SymphonyIRI Group study to realize why a general gravitation toward expansion of food store offerings makes sense. Because it never matters much what the housing market is doing, how high unemployment is or how dire the economy is when you consider one simple common denominator: People still need to eat.

August 26, 2010

Since the turn of the 21st century, community pharmacy and its technology allies have waged...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT Since the turn of the 21st century, community pharmacy and its technology allies have waged a long fight to shift the nation’s fractious healthcare system to a common communications and record-keeping platform via electronic prescribing and information technology. Those efforts -- led by such companies as Surescripts, the pharmacy industry-founded e-prescribing network -- have made progress.

August 19, 2010

The USA Today article highlighting nurse-managed centers as one “innovative” program that could help fill...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT The USA Today article highlighting nurse-managed centers as one “innovative” program that could help fill the primary care physician void is important because it underscores the important role that nurse practitioners play in delivering quality healthcare services.

(THE NEWS: Nurse-managed centers may fill primary care physician void. For the full story, click here)

August 19, 2010

For more than a decade, retail pharmacy advocates have worked to convince every stakeholder in...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT For more than a decade, retail pharmacy advocates have worked to convince every stakeholder in the U.S. healthcare system -- physicians, payers, policy-makers and patients themselves -- that community pharmacists have a lot more to offer the nation’s massive health-and-wellness network than simple medication dispensing and basic counseling. As the health-reform debate reached a crescendo last year, those arguments on behalf of pharmacy’s value found their way into congressional hearings and onto the pages of many newspapers.

August 19, 2010

There are two key takeaways within the SMARTcare offering, and they both spell opportunity....

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT There are two key takeaways within the SMARTcare offering, and they both spell opportunity. First, there is the obvious tie-in with over-the-counter recommendations. Second is the scalability of this online counseling tool, because as the number of offerings provided at retail clinics continues to expand, this tool will be able to expand right along with it.

(THE NEWS: CCA to offer members SMARTcare counseling tool. For the full story, click here)

August 12, 2010

In these times of trillion-dollar spending bills and massive deficits, $16 billion may not seem...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT In these times of trillion-dollar spending bills and massive deficits, $16 billion may not seem like all that much. But it’s enough to throw another critical lifeline to states coping with the ever-rising costs of Medicaid health assistance to the poor and unemployed –– and to thousands of community pharmacies that have to provide prescription services to those millions of Americans.

August 12, 2010

Procter & Gamble's plan to move toward sugarcane-based plastic packaging for some of its beauty...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT Procter & Gamble's plan to move toward sugarcane-based plastic packaging for some of its beauty brands marks the latest "green" movement by the company, and it is something the industry likely will see more of from manufacturers as the sustainable packaging industry is expected to see significant growth in the coming years.

(THE NEWS: P&G to roll out eco-friendly packaging for beauty brands. For the full story, click here)

August 12, 2010

In the ever-evolving world of food retailing, two developments stood out last week....

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT In the ever-evolving world of food retailing, two developments stood out last week.

(THE NEWS: Walgreens continues fight against food deserts in Chicago. For the full story, click here)

August 5, 2010

Once again, the Democratic Party and the Obama administration are taking point on a relief...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT Once again, the Democratic Party and the Obama administration are taking point on a relief plan for long-term or recently unemployed and underemployed Americans hit hard by the recession and the still-dismal job market. But their efforts to extend the program that provides additional emergency Medicaid funding to the states could provide additional relief to pharmacies that serve Medicaid patients, too.

August 5, 2010

This year's third annual Retail Clinician Education Congress, hosted by Retail Clinician magazine in conjunction...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT This year's third annual Retail Clinician Education Congress, hosted by Retail Clinician magazine in conjunction with the Convenient Care Association, was pivotal, as the event attracted nearly 500 nurse practitioners and was held during the first official National Convention Care Clinic Week, which was created to support the goals and ideals of raising awareness for the need of accessible, cost-effective, quality healthcare options in the United States. To top it off, Lt. Col. Corina M. Barrow, Army Nurse Corps, Nurse Corps Detailee for Sen.

August 5, 2010

Consumers are working more, playing more, shopping more and learning more online than ever before....

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT Consumers are working more, playing more, shopping more and learning more online than ever before. So the click-and-consult services proffered by Walgreens and Rite Aid not only represent today’s cutting edge technology, but also provide a peek into how consumers may interact with their healthcare team tomorrow.

(THE NEWS: Walgreens extends online pharmacy with Pharmacy Chat. For the full story, click here)

July 22, 2010

The news that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia is developing tools to...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT The news that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia is developing tools to help members throughout the state easily access information on lower-cost emergency room alternatives -- like retail-based health clinics -- is just one more indicator that the physician shortage and soaring healthcare costs are taking a major toll on Americans.

(THE NEWS: Local Blue Cross Blue Shield offers ER alternatives to members. For the full story, click here)

July 22, 2010

Parlaying a 73-year-old brand with a strong following into another synergistic category only can mean...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT Parlaying a 73-year-old brand with a strong following into another synergistic category only can mean good things, especially as a significant amount of trial almost is a foregone conclusion.

(THE NEWS: Carmex enters skin care category. For the full story, click here)

July 22, 2010

The evidence keeps piling up....

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT The evidence keeps piling up.

(THE NEWS: Pharmacist-patient relationships improve health, lower costs of care, UNC-Kerr study reveals. For the full story, click here)

Community pharmacy has demonstrated, over and over, and with remarkable consistency, that retail pharmacists bring real value to the healthcare system.

July 18, 2010

Latinas tend to over-index on beauty products as, in their opinion, beauty means power and...

Latinas tend to over-index on beauty products as, in their opinion, beauty means power and upward mobility, Mintel’s senior analyst of multicultural reports, Leylha Ahuile, said during a recent webinar. This is one reason why these 23.6 million beauty mavens are a sweet spot for brands.

July 15, 2010

It’s been said many times that the people you know are as important as what...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT It’s been said many times that the people you know are as important as what you know. In the case of Billy Tauzin, former president and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, this adage was especially true, considering his former career as a member of Congress.

(THE NEWS: PhRMA names new president, CEO. For the full story, click here)

July 15, 2010

Rounding out its Kerr Health management team, Kerr Drug has gone beyond its own deep...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT Rounding out its Kerr Health management team, Kerr Drug has gone beyond its own deep bench of retail-oriented players.

(THE NEWS: Domann named Kerr Health's VP sales and business. For the full story, click here)

July 15, 2010

Just goes to show that you need to spend a dollar to make a dollar...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT Just goes to show that you need to spend a dollar to make a dollar because that other overused adage, “a penny saved is a penny earned,” might only earn you a penny profit even as you miss that dollar opportunity. Throw these learnings against the wall of SKU rationalization, and what sticks is that the bunker mentality has to end; you can’t grow the market without the tried and true catalyst of a new growth engine powered by innovation.