Internet Pharmacies

Serious competition to pharmacies and pharmacy network of channel drug delivery by mail (19% of all sales of prescription drugs), which value from year to year. Compared with the cost parameters in the structure of sales volume , the share of mail delivery is still relatively small (7.2%), but this is rapidly increasing. Total share of traditional pharmacies (network and independent) on the market of prescription drugs in terms of value is about 59%, while they provide more than two thirds of all prescription prescriptions (68%). Despite the fact that independent pharmacies traditional almost completely focused on the implementation of prescription drugs, the average sale in terms of one pharmacy they have almost 2 times less than the traditional network. In light of the differences in the specific trade indicators for a single pharmacy is even higher, since the networks, in addition to prescription drug (72% of turnover), significant part of sales of other products make up. In other network pharmacies (in supermarkets and mass merchant) selling prescription drugs in terms of one pharmacy is significantly lower than in the traditional network pharmacies, but higher than in independent.

At the pharmacy market in the U.S. are more than 200 networks of various sizes, most of which are included in the NACDS. Analysis of the quantitative composition of networks – the members of NACDS (total 188) shows that of the 135 networks (72% of total) on 50 and less than pharmacies, 18 networks (10%) – between 51 and 100 pharmacies, 24 networks (12%) – from 101 to 500, 2 networks – from 501 to 1000. The composition of 11 networks included more than 1,000 pharmacies in the 4 – more than 3,000 pharmacies. On the numerical composition of the big chains dominate: they account for, respectively, 77 and 48% of the total number of network pharmacies. Four of the leaders of networks represented CVS, Wallgreen, Wal-Mart Stores and Rite Aid. Overview of key performance networks Wallgreen, CVS and Rite Aid expands understanding of the general laws of the pharmaceutical retail in the U.S.. Estimating general features of the leading U.S.

drugstore chains, it is important to note similar figures the average area of a pharmacy (approximately 4,000 square meters. m), unit sales figures in terms of an employee (240-250 thousand dollars), the proportion funding at the expense of prescription drug insurance coverage (93-94%). All the networks at the same time at the end of the 1990s began to develop Internet-based commerce. All of them are close in range, the list of services and structure turnover. Rx drugs a few companies with higher CVS (70% vs. 64%), which offers its own plan of insurance coverage. At the same time on all networks is a general upward trend in the share of prescription drugs in sales structure, which is determined by several factors (including the introduction of outpatient drug coverage under Medicare). This trend is projected to continue. Source: Journal 'Remedium'.