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Jeffrey Woldt

Retail pharmacy loses one of its pioneers

Retail pharmacy loses one of its pioneers

With the death of Murray Koffler at the age of 93 earlier this month, one of the master builders of retail pharmacy passed from the scene. Beginning with two independent drug stores in Toronto that he inherited from his father, Koffler created Shoppers Drug Mart, long the dominant pharmacy chain in Canada — now with

Independent drug stores hold their own in Rx market

Independent drug stores hold their own in Rx market

More often than not, independent drug stores are overshadowed by the big retail chains. While it’s understandable why individual pharmacists who own one or two locations do not receive the same level of attention as the top pharmacy operators, the largest of which each have thousands of stores across the United States, in the aggregate

Amazon reportedly gains Rx wholesale licenses

Amazon reportedly gains Rx wholesale licenses

Amazon has quietly received approvals for pharmacy wholesale licenses from at least a dozen state pharmacy boards, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday. Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon and Tennessee. Another pharmacy distribution license application is pending in Maine, the report said. Amazon

Retail Rx gets out ahead of Amazon

Retail Rx gets out ahead of Amazon

Speculation about the possible entry of Amazon into the prescription drug business has been abundant in recent weeks. Financial analysts and journalists have generated a steady stream of reports about what is planned by the e-commerce powerhouse which, beginning with books 23 years ago, has succeeded in disrupting established business patterns in one merchandise category

Pharmaca ready to put concept to new test

Pharmaca ready to put concept to new test

Since its founding in Boulder, Colo., 17 years ago, Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy has honed its singular vision of drug store retailing in five western states, viewed as particularly conducive to the pairing of traditional pharmacy services with natural and complementary health and beauty solutions. The company is now intent on demonstrating that its holistic approach

Retailers seek insights in changing landscape

Retailers seek insights in changing landscape

The dynamism of the retail industry’s most active, innovative and forward-thinking members is raising the stakes for everyone in the field. Major developments with potentially far-reaching implications for the way consumers shop are occurring at an unprecedented rate. In just the past few weeks, Walmart and Amazon.com Inc. have ratcheted up the pressure on their

Entrepreneur on health and the CPG industry

Entrepreneur on health and the CPG industry

Daymond John is the quintessential entrepreneur. Most widely known for his role on ABC TV’s “Shark Tank,” he put himself on the map in the business world with the creation of FUBU, the Hip Hop-inspired fashion brand that he started with a $40 investment and is now a $6 billion enterprise. John’s record of accomplishment

NACDS stays course amid disarray in Washington

NACDS stays course amid disarray in Washington

The confusion and anxiety unleashed by Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act are unlikely to be put to rest anytime soon, despite the collapse of the Senate leadership’s repeated attempts to secure enough support to enact a bill undercutting President Obama’s signature domestic achievement. After the Republican-controlled chamber failed to pass

Retail turmoil opens the door for innovation

Retail turmoil opens the door for innovation

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.” To the extent that Emerson’s insight is applicable to the grocery business, retailers vying for a share of the nation’s $800 billion a year in food and beverage sales, a contingent that includes

McKesson leverages scale to deliver value

McKesson leverages scale to deliver value

Members of McKesson Corp.’s senior management know what it takes to be a major player in the global health care marketplace, and they are moving decisively to ensure that going forward the company remains a dominant force in the sector. McKesson in recent years has made a number of strategic acquisitions that deepen and extend

As critical juncture arrives, NACDS steps up

As critical juncture arrives, NACDS steps up

After many fits and starts, Republicans in the House of Representatives have finally succeeded in passing a bill that would, if the Senate concurs, repeal the Affordable Care Act, the landmark legislation that provides the current framework for the U.S. health care system. Voting mostly along party lines — with 217 Republicans in favor and

Public policy challenges take center stage

Public policy challenges take center stage

CVS Health earlier this month named Tom Moriarty to the new position of chief policy and external affairs officer. As explained by president and chief executive officer Larry Merlo, the rationale behind the creation of the role is to “deliver an integrated approach to policy development and external engagement so the company can contribute to

Role of drug distributors more crucial than ever

Role of drug distributors more crucial than ever

Changes in the nation’s health care system have made pharmaceutical distributors more important than ever. Large pharmacy operators have strengthened their alliances with the Big Three Wholesalers to maximize purchasing power, augment operational efficiency and work through such challenges as implementation of new federal regulations to ensure a secure supply chain. The role of drug

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