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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Desloge, Mo.-based Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy was honored with the 2013 Pharmacy of the Year Award by McKesson Corporation in Las Vegas, Thursday, at the Venetian Casino and Resort, as part of the wholesaler’s annual McKesson ideaShare conference.
There is no substitute for the face-to-face counsel of the pharmacist in improving patient adherence — and he’s got the data to prove it. That’s the message Thrifty White president and CEO Bob Narveson had for DSNTV in part two of a frank and broad-ranging interview about the state of the industry, the role community pharmacy can play in healthcare reform and the results of an exciting new study that validates the role companies like his can play to innovate patient care, improve outcomes and lower healthcare costs.
This is going to be a big year for community pharmacy, said Thrifty White president and CEO Bob Narveson, as the nation reaches full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2014. “But to be successful, we are going to have to maintain access to those patients,” Narveson told DSNTV last month in a frank and broad-ranging discussion about the state of the industry, the role community pharmacy can play in healthcare reform, and how NACDS member companies like his own are innovating patient care, driving improved outcomes and lowering costs.
Today pharmacists are administering vaccinations, managing patients’ medication therapy regimens and providing expertise on everything from specialty drugs to travel medicine. With all these changes in the pharmacy, it’s important to train the next generation of pharmacists. DSN Collaborative Care recently had the opportunity to talk with Bill Riffee, dean of the University of Florida’s College of Pharmacy, about how pharmacy schools are preparing students.
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and its member state boards of pharmacy are planning to enhance several of its examination and assessment programs to better reflect the evolving practice of pharmacy. Changes will begin in November 2015.
To get a better sense of why more independent pharmacy owners are gravitating toward the co-branding option, Drug Store News talked with John Fiacco, VP of Medicine Shoppe Pharmacies, and pharmacy owner Jerry Callahan.
John Balch is committed to Medicine Shoppe and Medicap Pharmacy’s underlying mission of making its stores healthcare destinations — something that has seen him fully embrace the company’s new co-branding option.
Before Cardinal Health’s annual Retail Business conference meeting, Drug Store News spoke with the company’s SVP marketing and consumer solutions Christi Pedra and SVP Independent Retail Sales Steve Lawrence.
In order to help solve what it calls the “conversion conundrum,” Cardinal Health is bringing tips to their customers with a new video platform — and allowing them to share their best practices here at its annual Retail Business Conference.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill extending the authority of pharmacists and nurse practitioners to administer certain immunizations as of July 1. The bill comes after a surge in whooping cough cases in New York, which began in 2013.
Drug Store News spoke with Betsy Walker, Community Relations director at Cardinal Health, about its medication-abuse prevention program, GenerationRx, as it launched its new branding and website initiatives.
Hamacher Resource Group VP Dave Wendland will present continuing education sessions at the North Carolina Mutual Drug trade show, Good Neighbor Pharmacy’s ThoughtSpot Conference and Miami-Luken’s Smart Pharmacy Conference.