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April 17, 2013

Retailers and technology vendors convened at the second annual Health, Wellness and Technology Roundtable to discuss what they see in the current technology today, what they expect in 2013 and some of the unmet technology needs.

Retailers and technology vendors convened at the second annual Health, Wellness and Technology Roundtable to discuss what they see in the current technology today, what they expect in 2013 and some of the unmet technology needs.

 

March 1, 2013

Community pharmacy fills gaps in access and affordability for patients, payers

Community pharmacy fills gaps in access and affordability for patients, payers

March 1, 2013

Merchandising in the OTC space has certainly changed over the past decade. Gone is the “stack-‘em-high-and-let-‘em-fly” approach to planogramming. It’s a cleaner, less-cluttered shopping experience. And the complexity behind that shopping experience is changing.

Merchandising in the OTC space has certainly changed over the past decade. Gone is the “stack-‘em-high-and-let-‘em-fly” approach to planogramming. It’s a cleaner, less-cluttered shopping experience. And the complexity behind that shopping experience is changing.

 

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.

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 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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

 

September 19, 2012

Being the hedgehog of retailing has brought Walgreens where it is today: on the verge of transforming community pharmacy into something no one before has ever imagined — no one but Walgreens.

Being the hedgehog of retailing has brought Walgreens where it is today: on the verge of transforming community pharmacy into something no one before has ever imagined — no one but Walgreens.

Click below to download the complete "Walgreens: The Transformer" report.

 

September 18, 2012

In part two, DSN asks pharmacists to name their top OTC brand recommendations across 15 core product categories.

Part one of the first annual Drug Store News pharmacist-reader survey revealed how quickly the practice of pharmacy is evolving to have a greater emphasis on patient care. Nearly half (46%) indicated they had been spending more time counseling patients in recent years, and slightly more (50.5%) said their pharmacies were doing more work around disease state management and chronic care programs.

In all, 378 pharmacists completed the survey, which was conducted between July 31 and Aug. 6.

April 2, 2012

With 500+ pharmacies, hundreds of optical and hearing centers and a three-tiered strategy built on awareness, prevention and solutions, Sam's Club exercises its right to win in health and wellness.

With 500+ pharmacies, hundreds of optical and hearing centers and a three-tiered strategy built on awareness, prevention and solutions, Sam's Club exercises its right to win in health and wellness.

January 28, 2014

The Generic Pharmaceutical Association on Tuesday announced the hiring of Jonathan Marks as VP international affairs.

WASHINGTON — The Generic Pharmaceutical Association on Tuesday announced the hiring of Jonathan Marks as VP international affairs. Marks brings to GPhA more than 20 years of experience, including previous roles within the Department of Commerce. 

April 22, 2013

To the skepticism of many, Walgreens last year made a big global splash with its two-step merger deal with Alliance Boots across the pond. But with the announcement that the co-joined Walgreens/Alliance Boots had signed a 10-year distribution deal with wholesaler AmerisourceBergen, that included an equity stake to boot, well, it seemed that many analysts on Wall Street finally got it.

To the skepticism of many, Walgreens last year made a big global splash with its two-step merger deal with Alliance Boots across the pond. But with the announcement that the co-joined Walgreens/Alliance Boots had signed a 10-year distribution deal with wholesaler AmerisourceBergen, that included an equity stake to boot, well, it seemed that many analysts on Wall Street finally got it.

April 21, 2013

The Hispanic opportunity represents a "new American reality," noted Roberto Ruiz, SVP strategy and insights for Univision Communications, last month at the Consumer Healthcare Products Association's Annual Executive Conference.

The Hispanic opportunity represents a "new American reality," noted Roberto Ruiz, SVP strategy and insights for Univision Communications, last month at the Consumer Healthcare Products Association's Annual Executive Conference. Hispanic-Americans aren't assimilating into the American melting pot. "We're hearing people say they are '200% individuals' in our focus groups," Ruiz said. "100% American and 100% Latino."

April 21, 2013

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy introduced in 2012 its new Natural Beauty Bar at its Pacific Palisades location.

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy introduced in 2012 its new Natural Beauty Bar at its Pacific Palisades location.

Offering a variety of spa services, the Natural Beauty Bar is designed to serve as a key expansion of Pharmaca's beauty offerings, and further establish Pharmaca as the natural beauty destination in Los Angeles. The Bar offers waxing and threading services, as well as makeup and lash applications, along with its collection of natural facial care products and cosmetics.

April 21, 2013

Canadian pharmacy retailer Shoppers Drug Mart is further elevating the beauty experience with its newly opened BeautyBoutique.

Canadian pharmacy retailer Shoppers Drug Mart is further elevating the beauty experience with its newly opened BeautyBoutique.

This BeautyBoutique opened in November 2012 in an existing Shoppers Drug Mart store in Bayview Village in Toronto, Ontario. It is just over 4,000 sq. ft., which is approximately 1,500 sq. ft. larger than a traditional BeautyBoutique.

April 21, 2013

This is going to be a big year for community pharmacy, said Thrifty White president and CEO Bob Narveson, as the nation reaches full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2014.

FARGO, N.D. — This is going to be a big year for community pharmacy, said Thrifty White president and CEO Bob Narveson, as the nation reaches full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2014.

April 21, 2013

According to research, ownership of smartphones and tablets in particular have grown rapidly over the past couple of years, and that has created a multi-headed omnichannel hydra of a customer who retailers across all channels are desperately trying to appease.

According to research, ownership of smartphones and tablets in particular have grown rapidly over the past couple of years, and that has created a multi-headed omnichannel hydra of a customer who retailers across all channels are desperately trying to appease.

April 21, 2013

Looking to further tap into the high-growth nail category, CVS/pharmacy unveiled in late 2012 its Nail HQ Kiosk. The Nail HQ Kiosk is available at more than 2,000 CVS/pharmacy locations.

Looking to further tap into the high-growth nail category, CVS/pharmacy unveiled in late 2012 its Nail HQ Kiosk. The Nail HQ Kiosk is available at more than 2,000 CVS/pharmacy locations.

April 21, 2013

Technology has certainly changed the landscape of the drug channel's general merchandise department. As categories shift, electronic accessories have become a crucial addition to the mix.

Technology has certainly changed the landscape of the drug channel's general merchandise department. As categories shift, electronic accessories have become a crucial addition to the mix.

Nearly 40% of all consumer electronic spending in 2012 was on tablets, smartphones, laptops and notebooks, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. "Accessories for these products are the growth drivers for the category," said Chris Ely, a spokesperson for the organization. "They also are margin makers."

April 21, 2013

Say "hello" to a new personal care brand that is looking to turn the oral care segment on its head with exotic flavors like Pink Grapefruit Mint and creative packaging that is a far departure from the traditional oral care offerings.

MONTCLAIR, N.J. — Say "hello" to a new personal care brand that is looking to turn the oral care segment on its head with exotic flavors like Pink Grapefruit Mint and creative packaging that is a far departure from the traditional oral care offerings.

April 21, 2013

New technology and types of introductions could bring some heat to the frozen food category. Frozen food sales have been flat to declining for the past few years, according to a recent study from Packaged Facts, with nearly all dollar sales gains coming from higher prices or new products rather than increased consumer demand.

New technology and types of introductions could bring some heat to the frozen food category. Frozen food sales have been flat to declining for the past few years, according to a recent study from Packaged Facts, with nearly all dollar sales gains coming from higher prices or new products rather than increased consumer demand.

April 21, 2013

Last month, the Supreme Court heard Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, which could impact the future of the generic drug industry at a time when 80% of all prescriptions dispensed in the United States are generic.

Last month, the Supreme Court heard Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, which could impact the future of the generic drug industry at a time when 80% of all prescriptions dispensed in the United States are generic.

April 21, 2013

This month Walgreens announced that it would begin to offer chronic care services at its Take Care Clinics. Its biggest competitor, MinuteClinic, made a similar announcement about a year ago. With full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the people paying the bills are going to get a good look at what retail clinics can do to lower costs and improve outcomes.

This month Walgreens announced that it would begin to offer chronic care services at its Take Care Clinics. Its biggest competitor, MinuteClinic, made a similar announcement about a year ago. With full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the people paying the bills are going to get a good look at what retail clinics can do to lower costs and improve outcomes.