March 20, 2014

AstraZeneca on Wednesday launched Nexium Direct, a program that provides eligible patients the option of having brand-name Nexium delivered directly to their home.

March 18, 2014

The American Pharmacists Association’s Academy of Student Pharmacists has named Phillip R. Oppenheimer, who has led University of the Pacific’s Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for almost two decades, as the 2014 Outstanding Dean.

March 17, 2014

A recent audience-research study conducted by Nielsen found that among Cardinal Health's digital advertising network for retail pharmacies, called Pharmacy Health Network, half of viewers surveyed (49%) indicated that they felt encouraged to discuss a product or brand they had seen on Pharmacy Health Network with their pharmacist, and 48% indicated that after seeing ads on Pharmacy Health Network, they felt motivated to discuss those products or brands with their physicians.

March 17, 2014

The legislature is mulling a bill that would alter the structure of Florida’s Board of Pharmacy, raising from one to three the number of seats for pharmacists representing both smaller and larger pharmacies, according to the Associated Press.

March 14, 2014

The American Pharmacists Association has announced the selection of the 2014 Awards and Honors Program recipients.

March 14, 2014

The American Pharmacists Association has completed its 2013 Pharmacy-based Influenza and Adult Immunization Survey and found an increase in the administration of numerous vaccines by pharmacists, a growing network of patient referral relationships and steps being taken toward improved documentation practices, the Association has announced.

March 14, 2014

Demonstrating pharmacists’ increasingly important role in the delivery of healthcare services, more than 400 community pharmacists, pharmacy executives, pharmacy students and other pharmacy advocates from 40 states participated in the 6th Annual NACDS RxImpact Day on Capitol Hill this week.

March 14, 2014

Wellness empowerment. Even before Rite Aid’s big announcement last week, officially unveiling its newest program, the Rite Aid Health Alliance, those two words more or less reflected every major initiative happening at the company over the last few years: the Wellness stores; its Wellness+, Rite Aid’s health-based loyalty program; the Wellness Ambassadors in its stores… It’s always been about engaging patients in wellness, and empowering them to take steps to improve their health and well being. The Rite Aid Health Alliance takes that commitment down to the “atomic level of patient engagement,” Rite Aid chairman and CEO said last week, at a live event at one of its Buffalo stores.

Through the program, Rite Aid pharmacists together with a new patient care position in Rite Aid stores, the Care Coach, work directly with patients with chronic conditions and poly-chronic conditions to help them meet specific health improvement goals, as outlined by the patient’s physician. Care coaches, who are specially trained in behavior change to help patients address health issues related to lifestyle, work with patients to take their physicians’ recommendations and “break them down into sizeable, understandable milestones,” Jocelyn Konrad, VP healthcare initiatives for Rite Aid, told DSN. Rite Aid’s Health Alliance stores can “become an extension of the physician’s office,” she said. “It’s going to be a different experience for the patient. Whatever [they] need to understand and be motivated, we will work to provide it.”

March 13, 2014

In December 2013, the Drug Store News Group hosted an exclusive roundtable discussion of leading pharmacy retailers and a select group of key vendors.

March 12, 2014

Citing pharmacist-administered medication therapy management, recognition of pharmacists as healthcare providers, the need for fair and accurate pharmacy reimbursement in state Medicaid programs and other pharmacy services, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores has sent a statement to lawmakers urging them to consider pharmacy provisions within the “Fiscal 2015 Budget,” released by the administration last week.

March 11, 2014

A survey by the National Pain Foundation of more than 300 people who live with chronic pain is shedding light on how chronic pain sufferers are treated by their healthcare providers.

March 11, 2014

Bipartisan legislation that would designate pharmacists as healthcare providers under the Medicare program was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday. The bill would amend The Social Security Act of 1935 to enable pharmacists to work to their full capability by providing underserved patients in the Medicare program with services not currently available to them.

March 11, 2014

Wilkes University has announced that Colleen Herman, a student in Wilkes University’s Nesbitt College of Pharmacy, has won the “Know Pain Know Gain Pharmacy Patient Counseling Competition” administered by the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association.

March 10, 2014

Rite Aid introduced a new program, dubbed Rite Aid Health Alliance, which is a health management collaboration among various healthcare providers that provides comprehensive care and support to individuals with chronic and poly-chronic health conditions, and helps them achieve health improvement goals established by their physicians.

March 7, 2014

It's finally happening. Pfizer has placed the ball at the line of scrimmage. And based on the X's and O's to come out of its Lipitor OTC actual-use study, Pfizer will be making its run with its eye on the ultimate prize — a successful Rx-to-OTC switch of a statin.

Only this time, the Food and Drug Administration may not be as quick to sack Pfizer's switch attempt. With the advances and pervasion of health technology in the self-care space by way of smartphones and tablets; with the evolution of the pharmacist as a healthcare professional able to practice at the top of their license; and with the adoption of diagnostic tests like a cholesterol panel that can be physically administered in the pharmacy, consumers may finally get it right when self-selecting a statin.

Because it's the consumer actual-use studies that have scuttled just about every statin switch attempt in the past. In the last switch of Mevacor, FDA advisory panelists determined the statin was safe enough for the self-care space. And it was effective. It's just that the consumers who would be right for an OTC statin didn't appropriately self-select. And if they can't appropriately self-select, what's the point, really?

March 7, 2014

McKesson Pharmacy Systems & Automation on Friday announced that EnterpriseRx — its cloud-based, centrally hosted pharmacy management system — earned top honors as a Category Leader in the 2013 Best in KLAS: Software and Services report.

March 4, 2014

Eden Sulzer, director of Cardinal Health’s Women in Pharmacy initiative, on Tuesday will discuss the unprecedented opportunity female pharmacists have to assume community pharmacy ownership roles during a panel discussion at the 2014 International Women's Day Forum, taking place at the United Nations.

February 28, 2014

To provide pharmacist a detail description of each step in the comprehensive medication review, the American Pharmacists Association has published How to Conduct a Comprehensive Medication Review: A Guidebook for Pharmacists, the association has announced.

February 28, 2014

Wegmans blogger Mary Ellen Burris, SVP consumer affairs Wegmans, earlier this week outlined the grocer's services for those patients who speak English as a second language or who don't speak English at all.

February 27, 2014

Health Mart, a franchise of more than 3,200 independently owned pharmacies across all 50 states, on Thursday kicked off the 2014 Health Mart Healthy Living Tour at Pharmacy Development Service’s Independent Pharmacy Business Growth Conference in Orlando, Fla.

February 27, 2014

As one of the most accessible healthcare providers in the community, pharmacists are an ideal resource for consumers on the risks of illegal Internet drug sellers. That was a key message that the National Association of Chain Drug Stores stressed in a statement submitted to a congressional panel.

February 26, 2014

In recognition of a career dedicated to the advancement of public health, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has announced a gift of $50,000 to the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy to establish the Anthony N. Civello Pharmacy Scholarship.

February 25, 2014

UC-San Francisco and Walgreens on Tuesday opened a Walgreens store on the UCSF campus that aims to improve medication safety, decrease healthcare costs and help patients use medicines more effectively by offering pharmacist-based patient care and expanded health-and-wellness services to the community.

February 21, 2014

As part of a study conducted with the University of Arizona, Avella Specialty Pharmacy proved the value of pharmacist intervention in improving patient outcomes, at least in renal transplant patients, to the tune of $27,852 per month, Avella announced.