The U.S. healthcare system's steady migration beyond the exclusive terrain of the physician practices, professional clinics and hospitals — and into the far more accessible and more cost-conscious world of retail pharmacy and health — continues to accelerate. The shift is dramatically expanding access to health services for millions of patients — many of them uninsured or underinsured — and elevating the status of retail clinicians and community pharmacists.
In partnership with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced it had taken action against more than 4,100 Internet pharmacies that illegally sell unapproved drugs to consumers.
Just as a new study emerged, putting a number against retail-based health clinics and indicating that the clinics are poised for strong growth in the coming years, southern Pennsylvania health insurer Independence Blue Cross announced that it is has added coverage for urgent care centers and retail health clinics, and developed a new Web tool to help members locate such facilities.
As the nation works to iron out the ultimate impact of healthcare reform, thousands of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in retail health clinics across the country are already on the front lines working to improve patient lives and expand access to high-quality, affordable healthcare. To recognize the best of the best, DSN Collaborative Care/Retail Clinician magazine — in partnership with the Convenient Care Association — each year hosts the annual Clinician Awards for Retail Excellence (CARE).
Shirley Chater, Ph.D., is a visionary and courageous healthcare leader, whose nursing journey started when she was just a little girl hearing the inspirational words of her father assuring her that she could be anything she wanted to be as long as she helped people.
Consumer products company Colgate-Palmolive and Omron Healthcare, a maker of medical home healthcare and wellness products, have teamed up to market and develop oral care products, including electric toothbrushes.
McKesson will bring together payers and providers to discuss the changing healthcare landscape, its challenges and opportunities, and innovative approaches to improving healthcare access and quality while reducing costs at the annual McKesson Health Solutions Conference, now in its 25th year.
McKesson has inked a definitive agreement to acquire a national healthcare management and technology services company that helps improve outcomes for providers, health plans, employers and the patients and employees they serve.
CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic has become an in-network provider with TriWest, the Western region plan contractor for Tricare — the healthcare insurance program for Uniformed Service members, retirees and their families.
Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., of the Silicon Valley is preparing to introduce legislation that will create a new division within the Food and Drug Administration to govern fast-developing healthcare applications, according to a report published by Kaiser Health News last week.
More than 20,000 RxAlly member pharmacies — including independent pharmacies, regional chains and Walgreens — will begin accepting a new federally qualified Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, SmartD Rx, beginning Jan. 1, 2013.
Keynote speeches by pharmaceutical industry and regulatory leaders got top billing as more than 140 government, healthcare industry, law enforcement and patient advocacy officials gathered to find ways to combat the spread of counterfeit medicines.
The new data by Marketdata Enterprises is significant as it puts a number against a very valuable and fast-growing segment of health care that will continue to grow regardless of who is elected president and what happens to healthcare reform.
Janssen Scientific Affairs has debuted an new online scientific resource for U.S. healthcare professionals seeking instant access to current information about Janssen products marketed in the United States.
Satisfaction among customers using mail-order pharmacies to fill their prescriptions continued to decline, falling significantly below customer satisfaction with brick-and-mortar pharmacies, according to the J.D. Power and Associates "2012 U.S. Pharmacy Study" released Thursday.
Cardinal Health this week announced that it is kicking off an effort to encourage its retail pharmacy customers to educate their patients about new Medicare benefits and options that will be available under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act starting in 2013.
A carrot, a stick and a face-to-face encounter. Those are the tools that will chisel away at healthcare costs, noted Wade Miquelon, Walgreens EVP and CFO. And Walgreens is uniquely positioned to help realize those savings.
When National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and CEO Steve Anderson earlier this year at NACDS Annual urged pharmacy leaders to be “disruptive innovators,” and new NACDS chairman and Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson called on the industry to embrace a holistic view of the total store in improving patient lives, they easily could have submitted Walgreens and its Take Care Health Systems subsidiary as an ideal case study.