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Issue 10-27-2014

NACDS backs palliative care legislation

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has endorsed three pieces of legislation that it believes would help increase patients’ access to palliative care services and resources. In letters to Senate and House bill sponsors and cosponsors, NACDS expressed support for H.R. 1339, the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act;

Panel eyes public policy’s impact on retail Rx

SPOKANE, Wash. — Students at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy here had a rare chance this month to ask key government and industry leaders about the policy changes needed to give pharmacy a bigger role in the nation’s health care delivery system. The students were invited to a roundtable discussion that was held

Other issues take precedence over selling

It’s not that retailing is in a rut — exactly. Rather, the issue is that retailing, just prior to the Christmas selling season, has become dangerously internalized — and socialized. The talk these days is all about individual companies and the issues that surround them. Perhaps more ominous, much of the discussion revolves around social

A look at the Harvoni/Sovaldi conundrum

Gilead Sciences and its breakthrough work in developing treatments for hepatitis C, the frequently devastating liver disease, have in recent months become the focal point of the debate about the cost and benefits of pharmaceutical products. The biotechnology company introduced Sovaldi, a medication that when taken together with other drugs effectively cures hepatitis C in

Helping consumers navigate the wild world of health apps

The Wild West never lacked for traveling salesmen pushing the newest elixir or snake oil to solve all your medical maladies. Fever? Take this! Stomach pains? Here’s the cure! As the health and medical fields matured, however, the playing field was leveled as trusted information became available through doctors, textbooks and other channels. The snake

For consumers, value, not price, is paramount factor

In a multipart series throughout 2014, our team is examining key product attributes and marketing tactics from two different perspectives: the retail buyer and the consumer/shopper. This objective picture of the two viewpoints should contribute to a product’s success at retail. In this column we explore the ways a product’s price impacts buyer and shopper