These are stunning times for chain drug retailing in America. Events are tumbling willy-nilly one atop another, with the result that the nature of the entire industry is changing as dramatically and quickly as it has ever changed. More significantly, it will never again be what it once was.
Implementation of the major provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) occurs less than nine months from now. Although the sweeping changes, including the addition of some 30 million people to the ranks of those with health insurance, will impact every American in one way or another, there is a surprising degree of uncertainty about what lies ahead.