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October 24, 2013

“The best of a chain combined with the best of an independent pharmacy.” That’s how Health Mart president Steve Courtman describes Health Mart’s “unique value proposition in the marketplace.”

“The best of a chain combined with the best of an independent pharmacy.” That’s how Health Mart president Steve Courtman describes Health Mart’s “unique value proposition in the marketplace.” That value, he added, is defined every day in thousands of communities across the United States by the pharmacy owner-operators who serve as the most accessible and most-utilized patient care providers in their local healthcare networks.

August 5, 2013

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.

Audio Q&A: The Compliance Team is one of 10 CMS-approved agencies to accredit all DMEPOS. DSN sat down with president and founder Sandra Canally 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.

August 2, 2013

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.

AUDIO Q&A: 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.

June 27, 2013

Desloge, Mo.-based Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy was honored with the 2013 Pharmacy of the Year Award by McKesson Corporation in Las Vegas, Thursday, at the Venetian Casino and Resort, as part of the wholesaler’s annual McKesson ideaShare conference.

LAS VEGAS — Desloge, Mo.-based Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy was honored with the 2013 Pharmacy of the Year Award by McKesson Corporation here, Thursday, at the Venetian Casino and Resort, as part of the wholesaler’s annual McKesson ideaShare conference.

March 19, 2013

DSN sought out founder and president of UrgentRx Jordan Eisenberg for the details on the company's fast powder OTC treatments as they begin to show up at retailer checkouts nationwide. As a brand offering, it represents a unique delivery format with unique merchandising opportunities.

Audio Q&ADSN sought out Jordan Eisenberg, founder and president of UrgentRx, for the details on the company's fast powder OTC treatments as they begin to show up at retailer checkouts nationwide. As a brand offering, it represents a unique delivery format with unique merchandising opportunities.

January 9, 2013

Medagate recently executed the first implementation of its 2.0 restricted-spend platform, which encourages eligible consumers to make healthy living choices by purchasing qualified items at the point of sale, through Fred's Super Dollar stores. DSN sat down with Medagate president Devin Wade to discuss the breadth of the program and his company's future plans.

AUDIO Q&A: DSN sat down with Medagate president Devin Wade to discuss its new program and the company's future plans. Medagate recently executed the first implementation of its 2.0 restricted-spend platform, which encourages eligible consumers to make healthy living choices by purchasing qualified items at the point of sale, through Fred's Super Dollar stores.

December 27, 2012

One week following the re-election of President Barack Obama, DSN spoke with Mike Cantrell, president of AmerisourceBergen's Good Neighbor Pharmacy, on the impact — and opportunity — healthcare reform holds for community pharmacies.

AUIDIO Q&A: DSN spoke with Mike Cantrell, president of AmerisourceBergen's Good Neighbor Pharmacy, one week following the re-election of President Barack Obama about the impact — and opportunity — healthcare reform holds for community pharmacies.

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October 15, 2012

In part 3 of his exclusive interview series with Walgreens executives, DSN editor Rob Eder talks to Walgreens president of daily living products and solutions Joe Magnacca about the massive transformation taking place in Walgreens stores.

In part 3 of his exclusive interview series with Walgreens executives, DSN editor Rob Eder talks to Walgreens president of daily living products and solutions Joe Magnacca about the massive transformation taking place in Walgreens stores. Part of the DSN.TV Executive Viewpoint series, the special three-part installment is sponsored by Jubilant Cadista Pharmaceuticals.

Previously, DSN.TV talked to president and CEO Greg Wasson about how the company’s recent acquisition of Alliance Boots helps accelerate the company’s strategic growth plans.

October 3, 2012

DSN recently caught up with Sajid Syed, president of Acro Pharmaceutical Services, to talk about how the company works with what he calls the "four P's" — the patient, physician, pharmaceutical manufacturer and payer — to provide an array of specialty pharmacy services to clients.

AUDIO Q&A: DSN recently caught up with Sajid Syed, president of Acro Pharmaceutical Services, to talk about how the company works with what he calls the "four P's" — the patient, physician, pharmaceutical manufacturer and payer — to provide an array of specialty pharmacy services to clients.

October 1, 2012

As part of its exclusive Executive Viewpoint video series, DSN editor Rob Eder interviewed Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson and president of health and daily living solutions Joe Magnacca for DSN.TV. In Part 1, Wasson talks about how the company’s strategy has evolved in recent years.

As part of its exclusive Executive Viewpoint video series, DSN editor Rob Eder interviewed Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson and president of health and daily living solutions Joe Magnacca for DSN.TV. In this special three-part installment, sponsored by Jubilant Cadista Pharmaceuticals, Wasson and Magnacca discuss the vision that is guiding the transformation of Walgreens' business and its stores, and what it all means for patients, payers and suppliers. In Part 1, Wasson talks about how the company’s strategy has evolved in recent years.

June 14, 2012

Drug Store News recently spoke with Greenwood Group president Pat O’Leary about the challenges small- and mid-tier companies face in the mass market.

AUDIO Q&A: DSN spoke with Greenwood Group president Pat O’Leary about the challenges small- and mid-tier companies face in the mass market.

May 21, 2012

DSN recently talked with COPD Foundation founder and president John Walsh about the organization's new leadership. In March, the COPD Foundation took over leadership for Drive4COPD, which aims to screen people for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a collective term for emphysema and chronic bronchitis, which the group estimates to affect 24 million Americans who may have it but don't know it.

AUDIO Q&A: DSN recently talked with COPD Foundation founder and president John Walsh about the organization's new leadership. In March, the COPD Foundation took over leadership for Drive4COPD, which aims to screen people for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a collective term for emphysema and chronic bronchitis, which the group estimates to affect 24 million Americans who may have it but don't know it.

March 5, 2012

Radio Health Journal's Reed Pence talks with DSN editor in chief Rob Eder; Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and wellness Kermit Crawford; Express Scripts senior director of public affairs Brian Henry; and former Walgreens pharmacy customer Virginia Greathouse about the causes and impact of the Walgreens-ESI dispute.

Radio Health Journal's Reed Pence talks with DSN editor in chief Rob Eder; Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and wellness Kermit Crawford; Express Scripts senior director of public affairs Brian Henry; and former Walgreens pharmacy customer Virginia Greathouse about the causes and impact of the Walgreens-ESI dispute.

February 17, 2012

As part of its Executive Retailer Viewpoint series, DSN sat down with Mike Cantrell, president at Good Neighbor Pharmacies, at DSN's Industry Issues Summit to discuss technology and the evolution of pharmacy care.

As part of its Executive Retailer Viewpoint series, DSN sat down with Mike Cantrell, president at Good Neighbor Pharmacies, at DSN's Industry Issues Summit to discuss technology and the evolution of pharmacy care.

January 31, 2012

As of Jan. 1, asthma products like the Primatine Mist inhaler became no longer available at retail — leaving consumers with few asthma-care options in the OTC aisle. Drug Store News recently interviewed King Bio president Frank King, who is introducing a new nonprescription inhaler for asthmatics, formulated with homeopathic ingredients, called AsthmaCare under its Safecare banner of products.

AUDIO Q&A: DSN interviewed Frank King, King Bio president, who is introducing a new nonprescription inhaler for asthmatics, formulated with homeopathic ingredients, called AsthmaCare under its Safecare banner of products. As of Jan. 1, asthma products like the Primatine Mist inhaler became unavailable at retail — leaving consumers with few asthma care options in the OTC aisle.

December 15, 2011

DSN caught up with ECRM president Mitch Bowlus to find out what was in store for the company’s highly successful series of Efficient Program Planning Session meetings and the constantly evolving MarketGate technology that helps drive them.

AUDIO Q&A: DSN caught up with ECRM president Mitch Bowlus to find out what was in store for the company’s highly successful series of Efficient Program Planning Session meetings and the constantly evolving MarketGate technology that helps drive them.

December 13, 2011

DSN spoke with Hamacher president Dawn Vogelsang about its new digital product library featuring as many as 6,000 home health care items, as well as the opportunities in home health care today.

AUDIO Q&A: DSN spoke with Hamacher president Dawn Vogelsang about its new digital product library featuring as many as 6,000 home health care items, as well as the opportunities in home health care today.

April 14, 2014

Angelo Voxakis recently announced his retirement after 16 years as president and CEO of Epic Pharmacies, a national network of independently owned pharmacies, effective December 31.

COCKEYSVILLE, Md. — Angelo Voxakis recently announced his retirement after 16 years as president and CEO of Epic Pharmacies, a national network of independently owned pharmacies, effective December 31. An executive search committee has been formed. 

April 14, 2014

Jewel-Osco has announced that Scott Hays has been named VP operations for the Chicagoland grocery store.

ITASCA, Ill. — Jewel-Osco has announced that Scott Hays has been named VP operations for the Chicagoland grocery store. 

Most recently a district manager with Albertsons LLC’s Southern division, Hays will lead the operations team to support Jewel-Osco’s marketing and merchandising initiatives, including the company’s upcoming remodels and opening their five newly acquired Dominick’s locations.

April 14, 2014

ShopRite is planning to open a pharmacy inside the Doylestown Hospital on June 1, marking its first location inside a medical facility.

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — ShopRite is planning to open a pharmacy inside the Doylestown Hospital on June 1, marking its first location inside a medical facility.

“We are looking forward to working with the hospital to make access to medications and medical supplies convenient for all patients,” said Joe Cowhey, president of the Cowhey Family Supermarket, a family business that owns and operates the ShopRite of Warminster.

April 11, 2014

NCPDP, the not-for-profit pharmacy standards development organization, on Wednesday announced the availability of a patient safety white paper that provides specific industry guidance for standardizing the dosing designations and labeling of oral liquid medications.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — NCPDP, the not-for-profit pharmacy standards development organization, on Wednesday announced the availability of a patient safety white paper that provides specific industry guidance for standardizing the dosing designations and labeling of oral liquid medications. 

April 11, 2014

Ian Read, chairman and CEO of Pfizer, was elected chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America at the trade association’s annual meeting.

WASHINGTON — Ian Read, chairman and CEO of Pfizer, Inc, was elected chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Friday at the trade association’s annual meeting. Also elected were Kenneth Frazier, chairman, president and CEO of Merck, as chairman-elect of the PhRMA board of directors, and George Scangos, CEO of Biogen Idec, as board treasurer.

Read succeeds Robert Hugin, chairman and CEO of Celgene Corp., as PhRMA’s chairman.

April 11, 2014

The New York State legislature recently wrapped up its 2015 budget negotiations with a favorable outcome for community pharmacy as it rejected an executive branch proposal to change how New York’s Medicaid program reimburses pharmacies for prescription medications.

WASHINGTON — The New York State legislature recently wrapped up its 2015 budget negotiations with a favorable outcome for community pharmacy: It rejected an executive branch proposal to change how New York’s Medicaid program reimburses pharmacies for prescription medications.

If enacted, the proposal would have cut payments to pharmacies by $82 million annually, according to estimates, by setting the price for drugs based on a three-month rolling average acquisition cost.

April 11, 2014

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned her post, according to published reports.

WASHINGTON — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned her post, according to published reports. 

President Obama accepted the resignation this week and intends to announce that he will nominate Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace Sebelius. A formal announcement is expected Friday, according to reports. 

April 10, 2014

QuadMed, a provider of onsite, near site and shared site employer-sponsored health-and-wellness solutions, has appointed Sue Buettner as president, succeeding Tim Dickman, who is leaving the company.

SUSSEX, Wis. — QuadMed, a provider of onsite, near site and shared site employer-sponsored health-and-wellness solutions, has appointed Sue Buettner as president, succeeding Tim Dickman, who is leaving the company.