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Just how much are Americans impulse buying?

Just how much are Americans impulse buying?

Those candies, snacks, batteries, greeting cards, magazines, beverages et al aren’t deployed at the checkout lanes for nothing. Impulse buying — triggered at the register, in the aisles, at the display case/window or, increasingly, online — is embedded deep within the U.S. consumer, and retailers know it. A new poll from deal-sharing platform Slickdeals gives

Trump’s SNAP judgment may impact adherence

Trump’s SNAP judgment may impact adherence

The Trump administration’s unpalatable plan to revamp the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, could bring not just nutritional but also health consequences — specifically at the pharmacy counter. Earlier this week, the administration proposed to change SNAP by substituting a USDA food package — including such items as shelf-stable milk, cereal, pasta, peanut

Pharmacies feel the DIR fee pain

Pharmacies feel the DIR fee pain

Suffice it to say, community pharmacies are getting squeezed by retroactive DIR fees. That’s what the results of a survey from the National Community Pharmacists Association said. NCPA reported Friday that, because of retroactive direct and indirect remuneration fees, 84% of independent pharmacy owners polled said they don’t know what their final reimbursement will be at

As flu spreads, Tamiflu at issue

As flu spreads, Tamiflu at issue

Without a doubt, pharmacies of all stripes are being challenged in this busy flu season, as the number of cases nationwide continues to escalate. Just go to any drug store, and you’ll likely see a queue at the pharmacy counter and a steady flow of concerned-looking people entering and exiting the cold/cough medicine aisles. This

PhRMA strikes up drug cost conversation

PhRMA strikes up drug cost conversation

A new website from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) aims to give consumers a better grasp of why prescription drugs cost so much in the United States. Launched this week, the LetsTalkAboutCost.org site takes an interactive approach by engaging visitors in a Q&A about the cost and coverage of prescription medications, with a goal

Health systems to form generic drug company

Health systems to form generic drug company

Fed up with high costs and supply shortfalls, several health care systems are banding together to form a nonprofit generic drug company. The health systems — Intermountain Healthcare, Ascension, SSM Health and Trinity Health, in consultation with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs — said the new company will make key generic medications more available and

Holiday sales wrap-up: In-store holds its own

Holiday sales wrap-up: In-store holds its own

Though online was the star of the strong 2017 holiday retail sales season, the period also brought good news for brick-and-mortar retailers. Consumers did their holiday shopping through a variety of channels, yet still 90% made purchases in a physical store, according to the annual Post-Holiday Shopping Survey from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). And

What’s ahead in grocery retail for 2018

What’s ahead in grocery retail for 2018

In 2018, food retailers will be making the grocery shopping experience more convenient and engaging, veteran supermarket industry observer John Karolefski predicts. Top trends in grocery next year include more shopping options and mobile payments at checkout along with the rollout of more supermarket-branded meal kits, more openings of wine bars and cafés inside stores and easily-accessed

Canada’s pharmacists call for universal drug coverage

Canada’s pharmacists call for universal drug coverage

While many Americans are bewildered over the future of their health and pharmacy benefits, the call for universal drug coverage has been sounded in Canada. Earlier this month, the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) presented a plan — dubbed PharmAccord — that it said would enable governments to provide universal drug coverage to all Canadians, ensure

Analyst: No ‘kneejerk reaction’ from WBA

Analyst: No ‘kneejerk reaction’ from WBA

A CVS-Aetna merger or not, Walgreens Boots Alliance is zeroed in and making headway on its strategic game plan, according to Jefferies analyst Brian Tanquilut. Following a visit to WBA’s headquarters in Deerfield, Ill., last week by the Jefferies team, Tanquilut reported that the CVS deal didn’t “prompt a kneejerk reaction,” and WBA executives remain

Mega-merger turns spotlight on MinuteClinic

Mega-merger turns spotlight on MinuteClinic

While the changes that CVS Health’s $69 billion deal to buy Aetna may bring to the health care sector remain unclear, it’s very likely that a big beneficiary of deal would be MinuteClinic, says one market researcher. “Now these retail clinics in effect become in-house health care providers for Aetna,” explained Bruce Carlson, publisher at

CVS buy of Aetna around the corner?

CVS buy of Aetna around the corner?

Speculation about a potential CVS Health acquisition of health insurer Aetna has been mounting over the past month, and now it may have reached a crescendo. Published reports say the companies are in advanced negotiations and that a CVS-Aetna deal could be announced as soon as next week, according to an anonymous source cited in

Anderson spotlights pharmacy’s public health role

Anderson spotlights pharmacy’s public health role

NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson co-authored an article appearing in Morning Consult that highlights the role of pharmacy in public health. Written with Gigi Kwik Gronvall, senior associate at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the column explains how community pharmacy is helping to address the threat of anti-microbial resistance as it has

New high blood pressure standards impact Rx

New high blood pressure standards impact Rx

For prescribers and pharmacists, the reduced levels for defining a person as having high blood pressure bring new guidelines for hypertension medication. This week, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology announced that high blood pressure is now defined as a systolic reading of 130 mm Hg and higher or a diatolic measure

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