Wendy future of retail top

Issue 11-05-2012

Thrifty White: An Rx innovator

FARGO, N.D. — Traditionally, advancements in the practice and professionalism of community pharmacy have come incrementally, one small step at a time. Often, minor gains have been offset by narrowly conceived restrictive barriers advocated or put in place by health care constituencies less interested in advancements in the relevance of pharmacy than in influencing and

Questions on compounding arise in wake of outbreak

BOSTON — As the investigation continues into the Massachusetts compounding center identified as responsible for the meningitis outbreak that, at presstime, left at least two dozen individuals dead, defenders of the longtime practice are attempting to convince the public that compounding has a history of being safe if properly ­conducted. Gov. Deval Patrick said he’s

Rexall Pharma Plus starts flu shot drive

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews was the first patient to get a flu shot from a Rexall Pharma Plus pharmacist as the drug chain kicked off its annual Ontario flu vaccination campaign last month. “Getting a flu shot for Ontarians will be as easy as visiting any Rexall Pharma Plus pharmacy,” Rexall

CVS names exec to lead specialty Rx

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark Corp. has appointed Dr. Alan Lotvin executive vice president of specialty ­pharmacy. In this role Lotvin, who is a cardiologist with extensive experience in pharmacy benefit management and specialty pharmacy, will have overall responsibility for the company’s specialty pharmacy strategy, with a focus on identifying opportunities for growth and ­innovation.

Credit card settlement draws fire

NEW YORK — A hearing on the proposed $7.2 billion settlement between merchants and credit card companies has been set for November 9. Retailers and others opposed to the settlement had until October 31 to file their written objections. That is less time than many expected, but a number of retail trade organizations were quick

Appeals court to consider Medi-Cal case

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and several other heath care groups are continuing their efforts to block the state of California from cutting Medi-Cal reimbursement rates. In the spring of 2011 the California legislature passed and Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 97, which included a 10% reimbursement rate cut for

Two regional drug chains go mobile

NEW YORK — Kerr Drug and Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy have both teamed up with mobile pharmacy solutions provider mscripts to offer their patients the ability to manage their ­prescriptions from a mobile phone. The mobile apps that are being offered by the chains allow smartphone users to refill a prescription by simply scanning the QR

Bartell program supports healthy lifestyles

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs has launched a rewards program encouraging customers to pursue healthy lifestyles. The initiative is a joint venture with EveryMove, an online program that rewards people for healthy choices. Customers who sign up for the rewards program will earn rewards such as Bartell gift cards as they track healthy lifestyle activities at

Soul of industry resides in pharmacists

Thrifty White Pharmacy, an 89-store Minnesota-based drug chain with stores in six prairie states, is rewriting the book on the way community pharmacy is, or could be, practiced in America. In a series of boldly conceived and flawlessly executed programs, all turning on a well-considered attempt to allow the pharmacist to consult with patients and

New approaches to health care long overdue

The walls that have demarcated areas of responsibility within the U.S. health care system are beginning to crumble, as payers, providers and patients seek better ways to ensure quality care and, at the same time, limit expenditures that are the highest in the world, consuming almost 18% of GDP. As both employers and providers, mass