Learn how to easily spot phony prescriptions and save your pharmacists from costly federal fines up to $25,000 each. This 2016 report on pharmacy compliance trends from IMS Health/HDS is a real eye opener.
Immunity boosters and hand sanitizer are on most back-to-school shopping lists as consumers prepare their families for the inevitable sniffles, sneezes and coughs associated with the cold and flu season. As many as 53.5% of shoppers are placing hand sanitizer into that BTS basket, according to a survey conducted by Field Agent on behalf of Drug Store News, and 50.3% are stocking up on immunity boosting supplements.
Making key decisions about implementing pharmacy automation at both the pharmacy and central fill levels has been a challenge throughout the industry. However, times are changing. To discuss how technology is impacting the industry and how innovative solutions are helping to boost pharmacists' productivity, drive ROI and optimize the fulfillment process, DSNTV recently interviewed Doyle Jensen of Innovation for its Executive Viewpoint video series.
For chronic pain sufferers, there is a real problem with the abuse of painkillers in the United States. While the number of patients who have a legitimate need for prescription painkillers — 100 million plus — is vastly more than the number of people addicted to painkillers — 11 million — there is a stigma attached to the prescribing, dispensing and utilization of pain medicines.
As part of the launch of DSN’s new microsite, DrugStoreNews.com/Pain-Management, DSN had the opportunity to speak with Carmen Catizone, executive director of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, regarding a new initiative that the association is spearheading to address the current patient access problem when it comes to pain management pharmaceuticals.
News stories about doctor shopping and prescription pad pilfering in pursuit of a pain-pill induced high have become commonplace, prompting many legislators and regulators to consider further restrictions on pain medicines like hydrocodone compounds. But there may be a story that’s not being told — that the patients who suffer from chronic pain and need that hydrocodone to reclaim their lives are being stigmatized. The prevalence of pain pill abuse has left in its wake as many as 116 million legitimate pain sufferers who are finding it more difficult to access their therapies.
One reason pain patient advocates are so passionate about what they do is because they are pain patients themselves — they know the stigma associated with chronic pain; they know how difficult it can be to access appropriate pain therapy sometimes. That’s the story of Gina Libby, volunteer pain patient advocate who has lived with chronic pain for more than 20 years.
Regular visits to the doctor, keeping a strict fitness routine and dieting are perceived to be the most important elements in managing and preventing diabetes, according to a recent online survey of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers with diabetes or a family history of diabetes. As many as 94% of respondents visited their doctor regularly, and the same number of respondents exercised regularly. To see more Patient Views, click here.
Among diabetes sufferers and those with a diabetic in their household, the critical role of the physician in condition management is most visible, according to a recent online survey of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers. Eight-in-10 indicate their doctor is very or somewhat involved in their own or their household member's diabetes management; half report their doctor is their primary source for condition info — 43% more than those using the second-most common source, health-related web sites.
Making regular doctor appointments is the activity done most often by respondents (78%) to live a healthy life, at least 10 percentage points higher than diet and exercise, according to a recent online survey of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers with diabetes or a family history of diabetes. As many as 70% limit alcohol consumption, and 68% monitor their diet.
With flu season winding down, Walgreens on Friday released its final Flu Index of the 2016-17 season, noting which markets saw the most activity based on aggregate prescription data between October 2016 and April.
CVS Health president and CEO Larry Merlo was the guest on Boston’s WBUR radio station’s “Here & Now” Tuesday, speaking with host Jeremy Hobson about such topics as tax reform, Amazon’s potential entry into pharmacy and the ongoing question of what changes will come to health care as the Senate considers the American Health Care Act. “I think there are elements that make sense from the Republican plan, but clearly there are other elements the Republican plan does not deal with,” Merlo said. “I think there are many open questions that have yet to be answered” (WBUR)
Roughly three-quarters of visitors to the online platform are taking active follow-up steps, the retailer announced Tuesday, noting that its digital mental health resources also are reaching a broader demographic of consumers.
The retailer will open nine new stores across Florida in its current fiscal year, creating more than 800 jobs, and also execute a multi-million-dollar capital investment plan by remodeling more than 40 locations across the state
Among NCPA’s comments were notes about what it sees as the need to address direct and indirect remuneration, or DIR, fees; requests to standardize how Medicare Part D plans measure pharmacy quality; and other efforts to improve patient access to medication and pharmacy services