Content about U.S. healthcare

May 6, 2010

The news that pharmacists believe that most consumers buy over-the-counter products that were recommended by...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT The news that pharmacists believe that most consumers buy over-the-counter products that were recommended by them further demonstrates the significant role that pharmacists play in the U.S. healthcare system.

(THE NEWS: APhA survey: Pharmacists recommend over-the-counter products to consumers. For the full story, click here)

April 22, 2010

Underscoring the vital role that pharmacists play in the U.S. healthcare system are the findings...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT Underscoring the vital role that pharmacists play in the U.S. healthcare system are the findings of the recent CVS Caremark study, which found many patients believe that their specialty pharmacy team plays an important role in medication adherence. There's a $300 billion reason why this is important.

April 1, 2010

Serving as yet another indicator of the important role that retail pharmacists play in the...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT Serving as yet another indicator of the important role that retail pharmacists play in the U.S. healthcare system is the data conducted by Wolters Kluwer revealing that vaccinations jumped by double-digits this flu season.

(THE NEWS: Flu shot distribution by retail pharmacy increases 36%. For the full story, click here)

January 28, 2010

The news that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida is wading into the retail landscape...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT The news that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida is wading into the retail landscape with the opening of its fourth retail location in Florida is yet one more indication of the important role that convenient care clinics play in today's U.S. healthcare system.

(THE NEWS: Report: BCBS of Florida gets personal. For the full story, click here)

January 11, 2010

In this exclusive report, Drug Store News, in partnership with our friends at the Food Marketing Institute, profiles the health-and-wellness leaders of supermarket pharmacy.

So many of the chronic conditions that continue to challenge the U.S. healthcare system tie back to rising obesity rates and the simple fact that here, in the land of plenty, Americans eat too much — particularly, too much of the wrong stuff. With that, today's supermarket pharmacies, ideally positioned to help fill the gap between the physician's office and everyday life, are emerging with unique solutions, leveraging the food-pharmacy connection to help Americans reduce costs and improve health outcomes.

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.

October 22, 2009

As the healthcare reform debate continues and discussions of public vs. private are tossed about,...

As the healthcare reform debate continues and discussions of public vs. private are tossed about, what seems to be getting lost in all of the muck are the cost-controlling levers that already exist, like those reforms CVS Caremark's Tom Ryan outlined.

For example, getting patients to take their medications as prescribed could have a major impact on driving down costs -- to the tune of billions of dollars a year -- while improving healthcare outcomes of patients.

October 15, 2009

Nonadherence to prescription medications is a big problem — a $200 billion-a-year problem for the...

NEW YORK Nonadherence to prescription medications is a big problem — a $200 billion-a-year problem for the already strained U.S. healthcare system.

 

That’s why CVS Caremark’s decision to embark a multiyear study, in partnership with researchers from Harvard and Brigham and Young Women’s Hospital, to find ways to alleviate this burden is important.

 

September 17, 2009

Question: What piece of compromise legislation proposes to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system at a...

NEW YORK Question: What piece of compromise legislation proposes to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system at a price tag of $856 billion and promises to address both the unsustainable costs of that system and the crisis of uninsured and under-insured Americans – while failing to fully satisfy almost everyone involved in the health reform debate?

 

September 17, 2009

The announcement that Walgreens eclipsed the 1 millionth shot mark on Sept. 15 — just...

NEW YORK The announcement that Walgreens eclipsed the 1 millionth shot mark on Sept. 15 — just two weeks after it began offering them — is a very public demonstration of the important public health role community pharmacy can play in the U.S. healthcare system.

 

While extremists on both sides of the spectrum argue over the future of healthcare reform and what it will look like, community pharmacy continues to show America what it’s got.

 

 

September 10, 2009

The complications that can result from unhealthy eating among middle-aged and elderly Americans with Type...

NEW YORK The complications that can result from unhealthy eating among middle-aged and elderly Americans with Type 2 diabetes have consequences for the whole healthcare system, but it’s not just diabetes, which already costs the U.S. healthcare system $116 billion. Unhealthy eating habits contribute to and exacerbate obesity, hypertension and kidney disease, diseases that often have causal relationships to one another. Obesity and diabetes already cost the healthcare system $147 billion and $116 billion, respectively.

 

July 16, 2009

After decades of fruitless efforts, activist lawmakers in a Democratically controlled Congress finally may be...

NEW YORK After decades of fruitless efforts, activist lawmakers in a Democratically controlled Congress finally may be on the verge of pushing through one of the most elusive policy goals of the past half-century: a massive reform of the U.S. healthcare system that aims to extend health coverage to most Americans and put a clamp on federal healthcare spending.

 

June 11, 2009

Making sure that medication therapy management is a part of any new healthcare reform legislation...

NEW YORK Making sure that medication therapy management is a part of any new healthcare reform legislation is a major priority for this industry, but it may be even more critical to the U.S. healthcare system.

 

June 4, 2009

The news that Supervalu’s Jewel-Osco pharmacies have signed a contract with Passages Hospice to expedite...

NEW YORK The news that Supervalu’s Jewel-Osco pharmacies have signed a contract with Passages Hospice to expedite medications and streamline care is important because it is yet another clear indicator that retail pharmacy is expanding its role in today’s U.S. healthcare system.

April 2, 2009

The announcement by Take Care Health Systems that it is offering free health services at...

The announcement by Take Care Health Systems that it is offering free health services at its clinics throughout the rest of the year for those who lose their jobs couldn't have come at a more critical time.

 

In fact, the numbers just came in, and it doesn’t look good. The nation’s unemployment rate rose to 8.5% in March, the highest since late 1983. And, as we all know, the loss of a job too often means the loss of health benefits.

 

 

February 8, 2009

Dear Mr. President,...

Dear Mr. President,

In my first letter to you (see Drug Store News, Dec. 9, 2008, “Dear Mr. President-Elect,” page 12), I implored you to make fixing the U.S. healthcare system the enduring legacy of your presidency.

February 5, 2009

This full-page ad taken out by Walgreens is important as it comes at a time...

This full-page ad taken out by Walgreens is important as it comes at a time when healthcare reform is top of mind.

The ad serves as a call to action for healthcare providers, along with state and federal government, to work together to develop a high quality and affordable healthcare system. It also calls for payers, politicians and policy makers to recognize the value of an expanded role for retail-based clinics beyond simply acute care.