The fifth edition of this special Rx-Impact report — inserted in headquarter copies of this issue of DSN and delivered to all current members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate — is meant to help educate lawmakers on the important role community pharmacy plays as the face of health care in neighborhoods all across America, helping to lower the cost of health care, improving patient access, advancing the quality of care and ultimately delivering better outcomes.
The Iowa Press-Citizen is reporting on a program in five rural Iowa towns that serves as an example of the potential for telepharmacy as the state’s legislature considers a measure that would let regulators quickly approve them rather than considering them to be pilot projects.
Like a powerful tide that gradually eats away at the foundations of a once-impregnable sea wall, the booming market for generic drugs advances and recedes with the rise and fall in the number of branded drug patent expirations each year. Download the full Generic Drug Report 2016 to read more.
Held April 9-10, “Exploring Successful Management for Pharmacy Operations” will look at objectives, approaches, tools and technology that can help pharmacies keep up with a constantly changing industry landscape.
“Better care, smarter spending, healthier people.” Those were the goals set forth by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in September when it unveiled plans for a five-year federal experiment to gauge the effectiveness of expanded medication therapy management for Medicare patients.
As retail pharmacy increasingly becomes a healthcare destination, new telehealth models are helping to expand both access to care and the scope of care. Telehealth’s role in retail healthcare delivery was explored by MinuteClinic VP medical operations Tobias Barker as part of a six-part Retail Healthcare Webinar series, produced by Drug Store News and the Convenient Care Association.
WHEELING, Ill. — MMF Industries is making a foray into prescription drug protection, launching its Med-Master line of locking storage units.
There are three Med-Master units —the Premium unit features a wireless RFID lock, as well as pill sorting tray, illuminated magnifier and dry-erase reminder kit; the Deluxe unit has the same features, but is secured by a three-digit combination lock; and the standard unit features a three-digit combination lock. All three are made of durable steel.
With medication nonadherence leading to enormous health complications for millions of Americans — and generating staggering and needless cost spikes that add as much as $290 billion a year to the nation’s healthcare costs — the search for ways to get patients to take their prescription medicines as directed has become increasingly urgent.
Here’s a fact that keeps health plan administrators and anyone else responsible for budgeting health costs awake at night: 1-in-5 hospital patients ends up back in the hospital within 30 days of their discharge. And the biggest factors pulling them back all have to do with medications — either through medication errors, nonadherence or adverse drug events.
A CNBC report on Wednesday noted that a software coding error may be behind making the prescription history and other basic information for a few thousand online U.S. pharmacy customers of Wal-Mart Stores visible to other users.
For example, DoubleJump Interchange can help connect the dots between a patient's wearable device data collected at home, to their vital signs taken at a retail clinic, to their historical health data stored with their primary care doctor.