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Community pharmacy and retail taking on new role

Community pharmacy and retail taking on new role

Retail in the future will look nothing like what we see today. A new role for physical retailers is long overdue, and only a few have satisfied the need for change. Historically, one of the primary challenges facing North American brick-and-mortar retail pharmacies and their suppliers has been the inability to encourage shoppers to purchase

NACDS RxImpact Day part of ongoing dialogue

NACDS RxImpact Day part of ongoing dialogue

An understanding of the value created by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ annual RxImpact Day — for the policy makers and pharmacy advocates who participated, the pharmacy profession as a whole and, ultimately, patients across the country — came into sharp focus during the daylong series of meetings on Capitol Hill that is

Good Neighbor Pharmacy empowers independents

Good Neighbor Pharmacy empowers independents

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — AmerisourceBergen Corp.’s backing, combined with the entrepreneurship of independent pharmacies, has made the company’s Good Neighbor Pharmacy network an exemplar of high-touch service, says senior vice president of community and specialty pharmacy and Good Neighbor Pharmacy president Brian Nightengale. AmerisourceBergen’s support tools and personnel enhance the inherent ability of independents to

Community pharmacy shows its resiliency

Community pharmacy shows its resiliency

Community pharmacy owners occupy a critical position in the pharmacy marketplace and, even more importantly, as health care providers in communities across the country. Most stakeholders in the profession understand the vital marketplace check and balance that independent businesses provide. If only two or three megachain drug stores existed, negotiations with payers would look very

Pharmacists’ role in public health lauded

ARLINGTON, Va. — Steve Anderson, president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, and Gigi Kwik Gronvall, senior associate at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, discussed the increasingly important role pharmacists are playing in public health in a recent op-ed published in Morning Consult. In the opinion piece,

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

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

Walgreens eyes more efficient health care

Walgreens eyes more efficient health care

DEERFIELD, Ill. — In a country where health care is rife with wasted time and money, Walgreens is committed to making pharmacy more efficient. One measure of the practice’s current inefficiency, says Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., is the large number of prescriptions that need additional authorization on the way

NACDS Regional Conference targets industry’s ‘grassroots’

NACDS Regional Conference targets industry’s ‘grassroots’

ARLINGTON, Va. — The upcoming NACDS Regional Chain Conference will be a fertile source of ideas for retail pharmacy, says Kristin Williams, senior vice president and chief health officer at Hy-Vee Inc. “The Regional Chain Conference is a wonderful venue for in-depth exchanges with both retail colleagues and suppliers,” says Williams, who is chairing the

NACDS flourishes with Anderson at the helm

NACDS flourishes with Anderson at the helm

Steve Anderson joined a select group of business leaders last month when he was recognized as trade association CEO of the year. As only the third winner of the honor, part of the Association Leadership Awards sponsored by CEO Update, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and chief executive officer earned a distinction

Forces that will shape the future of pharmacy

Forces that will shape the future of pharmacy

With massive change in the retail pharmacy industry — including mergers and acquisitions, downward pressure on reimbursement rates, consolidation of payers, and a nascent movement to transform pharmacists into providers — now is a good time to take a step back and look at the big picture. What forces will transform the industry, and which

NCPA gets set for Congressional Pharmacy Summit

NCPA gets set for Congressional Pharmacy Summit

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Later this month, hundreds of community pharmacists will head to Washington, D.C., to advocate for independent pharmacy and their patients at the National Community Pharmacists Association’s 2016 Congressional Pharmacy Summit. The two-day event, formerly known as the NCPA Legislative Conference, will feature community pharmacy and patient advocate Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R.,Wash.)

Regional chains take center stage at NACDS

Regional chains take center stage at NACDS

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Stakeholders in chain pharmacy understandably direct a lot of attention to the giants of the industry, such companies as CVS Health, Walgreens Boots Alliance, McKesson and Kroger. They shouldn’t lose sight, however, of the regional players that, in the aggregate, still account for a substantial part of the business and remain

Status quo in retail pharmacy won’t suffice

Status quo in retail pharmacy won’t suffice

In many significant ways, the chain drug store business looks very different at the start of 2016 than it did a year ago. Walgreens Boots Alliance, which emerged from a two-step merger process at the close of 2014, spent the past 12 months rationalizing operations in the United States and developing synergies with its retail