Top 10 pharmacy stories in October


Below are 10 of the top pharmacy stories published by Becker's Hospital Review in October, beginning with the most popular:

  1. Walgreens to reduce number of in-store clinics
    Walgreens plans to close its in-store health clinics to cut costs and will look to outside companies to provide medical services in its stores.

  2. Merck to cut 500 US jobs
    Citing a need to shift resources to different research and development projects, Merck said it will eliminate 500 U.S. jobs by Jan. 3.

  3. Novant Health to open health clinics inside Walgreens
    Novant Health, a 15-hospital system in Winston-Salem, N.C., will open retail health clinics inside several Walgreens pharmacies in the state.

  4. Critical pediatric cancer drug shortage creating 'a nightmare'
    A critical chemotherapy medication that serves is a primary treatment for most childhood  cancers has become increasingly scarce.

  5. Walgreens lays off employees at US headquarters
    In an effort to cut costs, an undisclosed number of employees were laid off from Walgreens' corporate headquarters in Deerfield, Ill.

  6. Walgreens to close all 17 healthcare clinics in Kansas City
    Walgreens is shutting down all 17 of its healthcare clinics in Kansas City, Mo., at the end of the year.

  7. Novant Health leaders talk Walgreens partnership goals for 2020
    Novant Health's Oct. 1 announcement that it will open retail health clinics in several Walgreens pharmacies in North Carolina comes amid a stream of retailers taking on healthcare.

  8. 4,800 patients accounted for $2.1B in drug spend last year, study finds
    The number of patients who need costly specialty drugs is sharply increasing.

  9. Walgreens to open smaller locations focused on pharmacy, healthcare
    Walgreens Boots Alliance plans to develop more than 30 "small store" pharmacies, mostly in big cities, that will focus less on retail and more on health and wellness.

  10. Trump implies Big Pharma behind effort to impeach him
    In a hourlong speech at a Florida retirement home Oct. 3, President Donald Trump implied that the pharmaceutical industry was behind impeachment proceedings against him.

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