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NACDS Regional Chain Conference

Regional chains don’t settle for status quo

Regional chains don’t settle for status quo

With the National Association of Chain Drug Stores gearing up for its annual NACDS Regional Chain Conference, which will run from February 4 through February 6 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., it is a good moment to appraise that segment of the community pharmacy industry. Greatly reduced in number by the consolidation wave that has repeatedly

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

NACDS looks at role of pharmacy in health care

NACDS looks at role of pharmacy in health care

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Pharmacy is pivotal to the national reckoning about health care, and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores is highlighting its place by advancing a pro-pharmacy and pro-patient agenda. That was the message of industry leaders at the NACDS Regional Chain Conference, with pharmacy-based answers to national uncertainties emerging as a

Regional drug chains display prowess as innovators

Regional drug chains display prowess as innovators

Although sometimes overlooked amid the swirl of activity surrounding the largest players in retail pharmacy, regional drug chains remain an integral part of the industry. The assets and aspirations of those companies — defined as operating between four and 250 stores — along with the challenges they face, were on display at the National Association

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

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

Regional drug chains look to build on strengths

Regional drug chains look to build on strengths

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. Yet they shouldn’t lose sight of the regional players that, in the aggregate, still account for a substantial part of the business and remain

Issues top of mind at Regional Chain Conference

Issues top of mind at Regional Chain Conference

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Fresh off the Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl victory last evening, policy and politics moved into the spotlight as the main program of the 2016 NACDS Regional Chain Conference got under way. At the Opening General Session here on Monday, political analyst Morton Kondracke gave attendees his take on the national political

NACDS regional chain meeting still vital, vibrant

NACDS regional chain meeting still vital, vibrant

The most stunning aspect of the recently held NACDS Regional Chain Conference, convened on the west coast of Florida on February 1, was the absence of many of the industry veterans around whom the conference revolved in years past. Tony Civello, until recently the head of Kerr Drug, was absent, having sold his drug chain