Content about Pharmacy

February 12, 2014

"You may have heard the good news: through proactive involvement from pharmacists all across the state, California recently passed a law (SB 493 in October, 2013) declaring that pharmacists are healthcare providers who have the authority to provide healthcare services within the state. The law creates a new category of pharmacists by statute, for those who meet the criteria, and as a result creates new opportunities for pharmacists to engage with others more traditionally understood as healthcare providers to assist patients in managing chronic conditions," writes Nathan Ludvigson, director, government business development at Emdeon.

February 7, 2014

From 2012 to 2017, global spending on medicines will increase from $205 billion to $235 billion, according to IMS Health. By 2017, 36% of the spend will be on generics, a number that is 9% more than the percentage in 2013.

As a result of the patent cliff, generic drug manufacturers have thrived while branded pharmaceutical manufacturers have suffered. Branded pharmaceutical manufacturers are expected to suffer even more in the coming years, as many more important patents will lose exclusivity.
A recent paper from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services delves into these issues and more.

February 7, 2014

Where is pharmacy automation headed, and how will it be put to use by pharmacists and the companies that employ them?

January 29, 2014

As the massive changes wrought by the Affordable Care Act reach a crescendo in early 2014, who are Americans turning to for help navigating the complexities of a health system in transformation?

January 23, 2014

In a recent report, 59News explored how DEA regulations on pain medications can limit a pharmacy's supply, preventing patients from obtaining their medications.

January 10, 2014

One of the principles of association leadership says that an association should reflect the membership. Hopefully, NACDS’ approach to member service has resembled the can-do spirit of community pharmacy during the launch of exchange-based insurance.

November 18, 2013

Bob Narveson, president and CEO of Thrifty White Pharmacy and chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, clearly believes the benefits of medication synchronization far outweigh any possible reduction in customer store visits.

November 11, 2013

In terms of boosting medication adherence and prescription volumes, the benefits of consolidating all of a patient’s prescriptions into a single, once-a-month refill process are even greater than previously thought.

November 5, 2013

It has been estimated that specialty accounts for about 20% of the total drug spend, representing tremendous opportunities for industry players including Target. To learn more about the Target Specialty Pharmacy business and how it is helping support patients and manage rising specialty pharmacy costs, DSN senior editor Antoinette Alexander spoke with Kevin Ronneberg, associate medical director at Target.

October 22, 2013

DSN recently sat down with Kerr Drug's Tony Civello to talk about how, like Walgreens — which announced last month that it would acquire the Carolina regional chain — Kerr Drug has really helped to transform the role of the pharmacist in the markets it serves.

September 24, 2013

The healthcare industry has always had its fair share of buzz words and the pharmacy sector is no exception, said Emdeon's Kevin Mahoney. Medication synchronization, outcomes, clinical services, medication therapy management, accountable care organizations… our conferences and publications are full of experts discussing how pharmacies can successfully participate in these new opportunities. What I find to be so interesting in this new crop of go-to phrases is they all really boil down to one common element and that is patient care.

September 19, 2013

Illustrating the important role that pharmacy technicians play within the industry, a recent survey found that most technicians are interacting with more than 30 patients a day, often fielding questions about OTC products and chronic diseases.

September 11, 2013

As I look around my part of the country, I can’t help but notice that leaves are starting to change colors, football fans of all flavors are gearing up for competition and pharmacies are stocked up with flu vaccine – ready to begin administration of the annual flu shots.

August 27, 2013

How can retail pharmacy play a greater role in battling the nation's prescription drug abuse epidemic? Data. To shed light on how CVS Caremark tapped its extensive prescribing database to identify signs of potential inappropriate prescribing, CVS Caremark¹s Troy Brennan talked with DSN about the program and the ongoing efforts to combat prescription drug abuse.

August 20, 2013

A pair of pharmacists from Whitsett, N.C., were the winners of a special text-to-vote competition to highlight independent pharmacy best practices at the Cardinal Health 2013 Retail Business Conference.

August 5, 2013

As drug store chains like Walgreens, Duane Reade, Rite Aid and Bartell Drugs — not to mention a few independents as well — go upscale, one of the noticeable changes they make is to the beauty department. But a key element, beauty futurist Jeanine Recckio told DSN, is "retailtainment." In other words, beauty should be fun, and as more pharmacy retailers understand that, the line that divides their beauty departments from those of specialty and department stores will become increasingly thin.

August 5, 2013

Sandra Canally, president and founder of the Compliance Team, one of 10 CMS-approved agencies to accredit all DMEPOS, sat down with DSN to discuss the business of diabetes supplies and durable medical equipment and why this is still a sound business opportunity for independents and regional operators to pursue.

August 5, 2013

Can one of the nation’s premier specialty pharmacies maintain its focus on each patient it serves while simultaneously smashing its own growth records and reaching national power-player status in the rarified world of specialized medication services?

August 5, 2013

Pharmacists are likely to play an even greater role in patients' health care than they do now, possibly branching into services like shots and checkups, Jim Carroll told DSN. Technology will play a greater role as well, as there is greater connectivity with home medical technology devices and the Internet that changes the relationship between patients, doctors and pharmacists. "I think we're going to see this fascinatingly strange, very connected world appearing in every aspect of retail, and it's all driven by mobile devices," Carroll said.

July 23, 2013

Emdeon's Gene Boerger said pharmacies are busily expanding into providing medical services, including providing basic healthcare screenings and immunization services. As a result, they are becoming healthcare providers, over and above their traditional roles. But just how well they are able to integrate within the healthcare continuum over the long term depends upon the strength of the bonds they are able to build with payers and medical providers … and those relationships are rooted in data connectivity.

July 11, 2013

Gabe Trahan, NCPA senior director of store operations and marketing, sometimes wears red sneakers when he speaks to an audience to drive home an idea: It may be comfortable to you, the owner, but to the audience or customer, those red sneakers detract from the overall experience. Listen in as DSN talks with Trahan about the red sneakers many independent operators have across their front-end.

July 10, 2013

Since the relaunch of the Health Mart franchise in 2005, Health Mart’s road to success has shifted into high gear. Today, Health Mart continues to serve as a key to better pharmacy health with its enhanced suite of tools, resources and solutions to ensure that its members can continue to compete and thrive in the ever-evolving landscape of retail pharmacy.

July 10, 2013

DSN had the opportunity to speak with Christian Tadrus, who has been the pharmacist at Sam’s Health Mart in the Colombia, Mo. area, since 1997. Tadrus, a member of McKesson’s Sponsored Clinical Services pharmacy network, participates in a number of adherence support programs, including the award-winning Pharmacy Intervention adherence coaching program, StudyLink patient recruitment for clinical trials program, and the RxRapid Response pharmacist survey program.

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