Pharmacy Trends in 2020 and Beyond: Preparing for a New Decade

Drug Topics Journal, Drug Topics January 2020, Volume 164, Issue 1

As we head into a new year, Drug Topics® is exploring some of the latest pharmacy trends and how they will shape the industry in the next decade. 

As we head into a new year, Drug Topics® is exploring some of the latest pharmacy trends and how they will shape the industry in the next decade. 

An article from Jennifer Gershman, PharmD, explored upcoming drug pipeline approvals and provides a look at some of the most valuable and exciting drugs expected to be approved by the FDA in the months ahead. She also explores some of these medications’ potential financial impacts.

As Gershman notes, “Vizient, a health care performance improvement company, released its 2019 Drug Price Forecast for health systems, with an expected 4.57% increase for pharmaceutical purchases made from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.” The pipeline looks strong for migraine and oncology medications, as well as some exciting new vaccines, including Merck’s Ebola vaccine.


This issue also features an article focused on upcoming 2020 trends for the industry. How will the role of technology change? What policy changes are slated to impact pharmacy? As the pharmacy profession moves into 2020, pharmacists will need to find new ways to diversify their practice to match the ever-changing landscape.

To help keep you up to date with vaccination policy changes, this issue also offers an article providing an update on state vaccination laws for pharmacists. In this article, pharmacy associations discuss the current status of vaccination regulations and how pharmacists’ can help expand their authority and immunization offerings.

With the new year comes new resolutions, and in this issue you will find recommendations for how to enhance your pharmacy services and get creative with your business offerings. A column in this issue offers advice on how to build on your pharmacy career in the new year with 4 potential new year’s resolutions.

Last but certainly not least, contained within this issue, and of course on, readers will find our conference coverage from the American Society of Health System Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exposition held in Las Vegas last month.

Thanks for reading and Happy New Year!