Drug Retailers

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Drug Retailers industry entities operate retail pharmacies and distribution centres that supply retail stores. Stores may be entity-owned or franchised. Large entities source drugs and other merchandise through wholesalers and distributors. Consumer sales of prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical products generate a majority of the industry’s revenue; other goods sold include household goods, personal care products and a limited selection of groceries. Additionally, the pharmacy retailer segment is expanding its health-focused services by offering clinics at various retail locations, which may add to the industry’s shifting sustainability landscape.

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Disclosure Topics (Industry specific) for: Drug Retailers

Energy Management
  • Energy Management in Retail

    Chain drug retailers operate thousands of locations that consume large quantities of energy. Electricity is used primarily for lighting and refrigeration. Many retail locations may operate 24 hours a day, thereby increasing energy demand. Operational energy efficiency and diversification among a range of energy supply sources may mitigate exposure to rising energy costs and limit an entity’s indirect greenhouse gas emissions.
Data Security
  • Data Security & Privacy

    Drug Retailers, as distributors of prescription medication and operators of retail health clinics, access and manage protected health information. The legal obligation to safeguard customer information includes the proper handling of sensitive information by staff in pharmacies and clinics, as well as the safe storage of information on physical and electronic media. Cyber attacks may compromise health information stored electronically, along with customers’ financial and personal data. Drug retailers that prevent major data breaches, including point-of-sales breaches and cyber attacks, can preserve brand value, reduce contingent liabilities and maintain market share.
Product Quality & Safety
  • Drug Supply Chain Integrity

    The Drug Retailers industry supply chain is long and complex, consisting of distribution networks between manufacturers and retailers. Ensuring the quality and safety of pharmaceutical and healthcare products is critical to preserving brand value. The industry faces risks associated with counterfeit drugs, and effective supply chain management is essential in mitigating these challenges. Drug Retailers that effectively manage their supply chains may avoid costs related to recalls, and such incidents may present significant risks to customers. The prevalence of store-brand products, which constitute a growing portion of sales, increases the importance of this issue.
Customer Welfare
  • Management of Controlled Substances

    Drug Retailers are distributors and sellers of a wide variety of controlled substances. Within this industry, the high volume of drugs processed and dispensed, along with the extensive retail and distribution networks of larger entities, increase the risk of theft, loss and illegal drug dispensing. These actions may result in adverse social externalities, including public health consequences related to drug abuse and the illicit drug trade. Drug Retailers may participate in jurisdictional drug monitoring programmes to mitigate some of the social issues associated with dispensing controlled substances. Furthermore, regulatory enforcement may result in fines and licence suspensions. Strong internal management of controlled substances may mitigate these risks and protect shareholder value in the long term.
  • Patient Health Outcomes

    Drug Retailers and pharmacists play an important role in the health care system, since they provide patients with medications and are often the last health care professionals to interact with patients before medications are consumed. Drug Retailers may enhance patient outcomes by improving communication, avoiding dispensing errors and raising patients’ drug-adherence rates. Pharmacies may engage and educate patients regarding the importance of adhering to prescriptions, which provides beneficial outcomes for patients as well as for businesses. Entities that effectively manage these interactions while avoiding dispensing errors may better protect shareholder value.

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