Debby Garbato

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Debby Garbato has been covering the retail industry for more than 25 years as a writer and research analyst. She was content editor for Ensemble IQ's Multicultural Retail 360 Summit and is a regular contributor to its various publications. She has written reports for Packaged Facts, Mintel, eMarketer and Innova. She also served as chief editor of three trade publications.



The newest normal

Following a COVID-driven sales spike, immune supplement performance is returning to pre-pandemic levels.

Pharmacy Evolution

COVID-19 moved the needle on pharmacy reform, but shifting the industry to its ideal model will take more time.

Feminine hygiene gets a makeover

Natural and alternative products are invigorating this long-staid category.

Winning the beauty pagent: Drug stores want more timely, trendy beauty offerings

Drug chains face unique challenges when it comes to reimagining a category: They often have smaller stores, cannot carry upscale brands and focus heavily on pharmacy.

How the Rx factor in retail loyalty is evolving

Subscriptions, convenience and services are differentiating pharmacy loyalty initiatives.

Washington: 43 years of comprehensive services

The Evergreen State was the first to let pharmacists prescribe oral contraceptives and other narcotic and non-narcotic drugs under collaborative drug therapy, or CDTA, physician agreements in 1979.

Rhode Island: Pharmacists address social issues

A decade ago, Rhode Island passed the first “statewide collaborative practice agreement,” allowing pharmacists to accept prescribing authority delegated to them by physicians.

Iowa: Practicing far afield

With telepharmacy, pharmacy techs with additional training dispense drugs in remote locations under the auspices of a pharmacist located elsewhere.

Idaho: The least regulated state

With a population nearing 1.8 million and just 3,504 active physicians, pharmacists are the state’s most accessible option for services.