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- Engaging patients in their own care: How U.K. pharmacies are reaching out (Locked, Collaborative Care, DSN AM, Latest News, Pharmacy, Retail Clinician)Fri, 02/06/2015 - 3:13pm
A new, potentially far-reaching program to encourage individuals to take better charge of their own health is taking shape in the United Kingdom. And given the increasingly globalized marketplace, the emergence of Walgreens Boots Alliance as an international pharmacy powerhouse and the ongoing struggle by U.S. pharmacies to gain provider status and reimbursement for a growing menu of patient-care services, that campaign could spark or help inform similar efforts on this side of the Atlantic.
Generic drug prices are going up. Spurred by market opportunities, short-term market exclusivity for some newly launched single-source generics and rising costs for manufacturing, quality control and raw materials, me-too drug manufacturers have escalated a series of price hikes, some of them significant.
Doctors making house calls? It sounds so ... 19th century, conjuring up images of a tweedy medical practitioner arriving on someone’s doorstep by horse and buggy with a medical bag and a stethoscope.
If its goal of expanding health coverage to more Americans is fully realized, the Affordable Care Act could end up pulling as many as 30 million more people into the ranks of the newly insured. That means rising prescription counts and more patients at pharmacy counters and in drug store aisles, but it also poses challenges in managing and educating patients about their benefits.
Doctors making house calls? It sounds so …19th century, conjuring up images of a tweedy medical practitioner arriving on someone’s doorstep by horse and buggy with a medical bag and a stethoscope.
Call it the point-of-care revolution: The accelerating shift of patients from overcrowded doctors’ offices to accessible, clinically engaged pharmacists and retail clinicians for front-line health-and-wellness services.
Will patient screenings and advanced, gene-based diagnostics become a standard and universally accepted part of community pharmacy’s service platform?