Like boxers in the ring, both regional and national players are battling for the win and striving to overcome much of the same challenges, whether it is an uppercut from average wholesale price, a jab from patients coping with rising pharmacy premiums and co-pays, or a counterpunch from the rival down the street. But despite the challenges and added pressure from retail heavyweights, regional players refuse to get pinned against the ropes. Unlike many of the large pharmacy retailers that must wade through layers of management and tread cautiously as to appease Wall Street, these lightweights have speed and agility on their side, and they are taking innovative measures to maintain their footing. In fact, many would argue that these lightweights are the true heavyweights in the communities they serve. Click below to download the PDF of the Regional Rx Report.
In today’s healthcare ecosystem, it’s much better to partner than to go it alone. This was a key theme at the Drug Store News Industry Issues Summit in New York City, where industry leaders said retailers, providers, payers and technology companies need to work more closely together to improve patient journeys across a range of touchpoints. Read more
The need to bridge the gap between the pharmacy counter and the rest of the retail operation is generating more discussion across the industry at a time of changing consumer attitudes and growing competition from a wider range of retailers — both brick-and-mortar and virtual. Read more
Chronic care management has become an all-consuming topic for retail pharmacy. It has moved beyond a niche industry topic to a high-profile, national conversation that involves healthcare costs, government policy, emerging technologies and, most importantly, daily life for millions of consumers. Read more
The DSN PoweRx list represents nearly 80% of the total retail pharmacy business — including more than $250 billion in pharmacy sales and nearly 59,000 pharmacies. And with the rise of more consumer-centered health care, they are creating innovative programs and entering healthcare partnerships to move beyond dispensing and expand their role in the U.S. healthcare delivery system. Read more