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NACDS releases annual chain pharmacy industry profile report

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. An organization catering to the retail pharmacy industry has unveiled its 12th annual economic report.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores unveiled its 2009-2010 Chain Pharmacy Industry Profile on Monday. The report contains state-by-state and regional information about pharmacy stores, sales, tax and other data demonstrating pharmacy’s expansive connection with patients in communities across the country.

”As former Speaker of the U.S. House Tip O’Neill once said, ‘all politics is local.’  NACDS’ Profile illustrates that pharmacy is also local, providing services to patients in communities in all 50 states,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “As the face of neighborhood healthcare, pharmacy is a vital healthcare provider, and plays an important role in counseling patients about their prescription medications and improving patient outcomes.”

The 2009-2010 NACDS Chain Pharmacy Industry Profile highlights data including the following national data regarding chain pharmacy, which is broken out by state in the complete report:

  • 37,000 chain pharmacy locations
  • 2.5 million employees
  • 132,000 pharmacist positions (118,000 full-time equivalents)
  • More than 170,000 pharmacy technician positions
  • Chain pharmacies fill 2.5 billion prescriptions yearly (over 72% of all retail prescriptions dispensed annually in the United States)

“Nearly all Americans live within five miles of a community retail pharmacy, and the data in this report is organized appropriately to tell the story of pharmacy in both national and local terms,” said Anderson. “Access to the expertise and counsel of a pharmacist is often just around the corner and as the healthcare debate continues, NACDS continues its high engagement in showing both the research and the immeasurable value of the pharmacist in helping to keep patients healthy and keeping healthcare costs down.”

To purchase a copy of the NACDS 2009-2010 Chain Pharmacy Industry Profile, please visit the NACDS Web site: http://www.nacds.org/wmspage.cfm?parm1=6264.

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Report: PhRMA backs healthcare reform

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Most of the groups supporting President Obama’s healthcare reform plan have been patient advocates such as AARP, but the effort recently got some help from a different and traditionally conservative source: the drug industry.

Advertising Age reported Thursday that the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the largest trade group for the brand drug industry, will set aside $150 million for an advertising campaign in support of healthcare reform, including TV ads in 12 key states, as well as radio and print ads. An executive from PhRMA told the advertising industry trade magazine that the ads would focus on ensuring that everyone has access to health insurance, including affordable co-payments and no denials based on pre-existing conditions.

The healthcare reform debate has turned contentious in recent weeks, with townhall meetings across the country disrupted by loud protests from opponents of reform who think it will harm healthcare more than it helps and will damage the economy.

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QuikTrip opens second clinic for employees

BY Antoinette Alexander

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Convenience store operator QuikTrip Corp. has opened its second worksite health clinic for its employees in the Kansas City area, according to a local news report.

QuikTrip, which operates more than 500 convenience stores, opened its first worksite clinic two years ago at its headquarters in Tulsa, Okla.

The new 1,400-sq.-ft. Belton clinic is administered by Care ATC, a national provider of on-site medical clinics, and provides free services to the nearly 800 QuikTrip employees and their dependents in that area, the report stated.

The facility provides the same services as a primary care physician’s office and is staffed by a board-certified physician and others who are employees of Care ATC.

As previously reported by Drug Store News, worksite clinics are on the rise as employers increasingly look for ways to lower healthcare costs and bolster employee productivity.

It is estimated by Fuld & Company that there are some 1,200 firms currently operating on-site clinics, which, taking into account their multiple campuses and multiple clinics, results in an estimated 2,200 on-site clinics. That number could reach 7,000 by 2015.

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