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National Association of Chain Drug Stores

Regional drug chains deserve more attention

The cataclysmic changes within the chain drug retailing community, whatever their ultimate implications for America’s largest drug chains and for the industry in general, are putting the country’s regional drug chains more glaringly in the spotlight. Indeed, not only are America’s smaller drug chains more professionally managed and operated than they have yet been, they

Retail pharmacy on cutting edge in health care

In the not-too-distant past community pharmacy was correctly perceived as a conservative business whose members were intent on operating within a well-defined set of parameters and not rocking the boat. A generation ago it wasn’t uncommon to hear members of the profession joke about what they did as “lick, stick and pour.” The industry as

Gallup: Pharmacists rate highly in integrity

ARLINGTON, Va. — For the 12th straight year, pharmacists continue to be rated near the top in Gallup’s annual Honesty and Integrity Survey. In its poll released last month, pharmacists maintained their ranking in the second position — behind only nurses and tied with medical doctors. The survey measures the public’s trust of diverse professions,

NACDS emphasizes pharmacy’s role in Tricare

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has brought new attention to “the substantial health-boosting and cost-reducing benefits” that the pharmacist-patient relationship can produce for military families and veterans and for the Department of Defense. A recent letter that the association wrote to the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commmission on those

A look at the events that shaped 2014

Which events were most significant for chain drug retailing in 2014? As usual, that is not an easy question to answer. In many ways, 2014 was a remarkable year for the chain drug industry, one in which the character of the business was changed, probably irrevocably. The industry assumed a global character for perhaps the

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