If you’ve been working in a pharmacy for more than 10 years, you know that pharmacy is always changing. Automation, new rules and regulations, meds going in and out of style, changing clientele. Change is nothing new.
But now— arguably more than ever—pharmacy and healthcare at large are going through some huge changes. From healthcare reform to the idea of large players like Amazon entering the field, it’s likely that pharmacy will be radically different in the coming months and years. The last few weeks have really proven that.
You’ve heard about the CVS/Aetna merger and the threat of Amazon by now, but you may have missed some of the other important things happening in the industry. Trust us when we say that they will be shaping healthcare and pharmacy in the coming months—affecting how (and possibly where) you do your job.
The overall trend? The big keep getting bigger, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change any time soon. If you’ve been having trouble keeping up with the slew of recent big announcements from the industry’s biggest (or just have trouble understanding why you should care), here’s what you need to know.