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.
DSN recently caught up with Dick Domann, VP pharmacy services for TrialCard, to talk about adherence and abandonment solutions. Capturing otherwise lost scripts is a significant opportunity for retail pharmacy, and TrialCard has a tool to help reclaim those prescriptions.
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.
How can retail pharmacy play a greater role in battling the nation's prescription drug abuse epidemic? Data. To shed light on how CVS Caremark tapped its extensive prescribing database to identify signs of potential inappropriate prescribing, CVS Caremark¹s Troy Brennan talked with DSN about the program and the ongoing efforts to combat prescription drug abuse.
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.
Rob Hooper, national sales manager for OTC with Actavis Pharmaceutical, sat down with DSN to discuss how Actavis is preparing for the inaugural NACDS Total Store Expo. Actavis Pharmaceutical, one of the leaders in the OTC private label industry and recently acquired by Watson Pharmaceutical, plans to leverage its extensive experience within the prescription medicine business to offer best-in-class options across store brand products.
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.
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.
Westport VP and general manager Paul Hemings spoke with DSN about the company's introduction of Zephrex-D, a meth-resistant pseudoephedrine product, to market. Beyond taking a bite out of the $23.5 billion methamphetamine trade, Hemings discussed the benefits of having Zephrex-D behind the pharmacy counter.
DSN caught up with Greg Bradley — president and CEO of Advantage Consumer Healthcare, a full turnkey solution center for over-the-counter medicines reaching the market — for an overview of the new marketing and sales solution company as it has recently brought to market OraSure Technologies' OraQuick Advance, a take-home HIV test kit that the Food and Drug Administration recently approved for the self-care market, and Westport Pharmaceuticals' Zephrex-D, a pseudoephedrine product with a unique point of differentiation.
DSN talked to Cardinal Health SVP independent sales Steve Lawrence about the big news from Cardinal’s 2012 Retail Business Conference, including a best practices competition for its customers, its Women in Pharmacy program and Cardinal’s joint outreach program with the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy aimed at preventing prescription drug abuse.
The Israeli Health Ministry approved on Monday a decision to allow patients licensed to receive medical marijuana from a pharmacy with authorization from a medical expert, according to theJerusalem Post.
The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it approved Technivie (ombitasvir, paritaprevir and ritonavir) for use in combination with ribavirin for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 4 infections in patients without scarring and cirrhosis.
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.