April 20, 2015

"Certain aspects of sporting events are similar to governmental advocacy. In both instances there are winners and losers," writes National Community Pharmacists Association CEO B. Douglas Hoey in a recent blog post. 

March 13, 2015

Connecting all the dots in health care. That’s the ultimate goal in the health industry’s migration to an electronic platform, where doctors and other prescribers write prescriptions digitally and send them — directly and immediately — to a patient’s pharmacy for dispensing.

February 11, 2015

Rite Aid is set to acquire Envision Pharmaceutical in a deal valued at $2 billion.

 

January 21, 2015

With specialty and biotech drugs claiming an ever-greater share of the pharmaceutical market and spawning a backlash from payers and patients over their high price tags, pharmacy operators are smack in the middle of a growing tug of war between the drug industry, the public and private health plans struggling to keep up with the new drug-cost paradigm.

October 9, 2014

The recently amended NABP Model State Pharmacy Act and Model Rules of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy are now available to assist the state boards of pharmacy in developing state laws or board rules in their efforts to protect the public health, NABP posted on its website Wednesday. 

October 1, 2014

Express Scripts on Wednesday announced that its two nationally available 2015 Express Scripts Medicare Prescription Drug Plans will offer a preferred retail pharmacy network featuring Walgreens.

July 21, 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Five-Star Quality Rating System already is impacting how pharmacies think about their patients and their medication adherence programs, noted Samuel Stolpe, director of quality strategies for the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, during a Lunch and Learn session Monday at McKesson ideaShare called “When the Stars Align: Prepare Your Pharmacy For Success.” According to Stolpe, it’s going to become a bigger influencer going forward, especially as the industry develops a pharmacy Star metric that will have a public element and certain health plans experiment with pay-for-performance models to incentivize higher Star ratings among pharmacies.

July 10, 2014

With community pharmacies being called on to provide a wider range of services, drug stores across the country are adapting new technologies to ensure that they can meet the evolving needs of their patients and strengthen their role in the nation’s healthcare system.

June 25, 2014

In an article published Wednesday in the Health Affairs blog, CVS Caremark chief medical and scientific officers and others commented on a missing piece in the current approach to accountable healthcare models.

May 22, 2014

Surescripts on Wednesday announced its service has routed more than 1 billion electronic prescriptions in 2013, representing a majority (58%) of all eligible prescriptions in the United States, sent by 73% of all office-based physicians.

May 20, 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Monday issued final regulations for the Medicare Advantage and prescription drug benefit (Part D) programs.

May 20, 2014

"Should a Medicare senior’s “preferred” pharmacy be nine hours away by plane? Should a community pharmacy be reimbursed $300 below its cost of acquiring and dispensing a lifesaving drug? Should patients endure long trips for basic health services that a local community pharmacist is qualified to provide? Of course not," writes National Community Pharmacists Association CEO, B. Douglas Hoey in his latest guest blog entry.

April 14, 2014

AssistRx last week introduced a new technology that simplifies the prescribing of specialty therapies while streamlining communications between prescribers, pharmacies, patients and manufacturers. It’s smart technology that can lead to patients receiving specialty medications weeks earlier than ever before, the company claimed.

April 9, 2014

As the cost for specialty medications continues to rise, implementing an effective "channel transition" approach — the process of moving prescriptions from the medical benefit to the pharmacy benefit — can produce significant savings for healthcare payers by improving management of these complex and costly drugs, according to a new report commissioned by CVS Caremark.

March 18, 2014

Last year, $29.3 billion was spent on prescription drugs in Canada, but the annual growth rate was the second-lowest in more than 20 years, according to a new report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information released earlier this month.

March 10, 2014

Although the United States is still waiting for final practical guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration about the launch of biosimilars and the standards required to meet the threshold of interchangeability, the rest of the world seems to be barreling forward with the development and launch of these important medicines.

February 18, 2014

Now that most generics have declined in cost, plans will look for new ways to control health spend and ensure that generics are being used whenever possible.

February 18, 2014

The federal agency in charge of Medicare is pushing for a major overhaul of its Medicare Part D drug benefit program for seniors.

February 12, 2014

Members of Congress are contacting the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in support of pro-patient improvements the agency proposed for Medicare Part D prescription drug plans in 2015, a development applauded today by the National Community Pharmacists Association.

February 11, 2014

The Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute recently released its Specialty Drug Benefit Report, sponsored by Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy.

February 5, 2014

CVS Caremark was awarded the 2014 Rx Benefit Innovation Award by the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute on Tuesday, the company reported.

January 24, 2014

Legislative relief that would result in a more balanced business relationship between Ohio community pharmacists and PBMs is critical, according to the National Community Pharmacists Association.

January 9, 2014

Administering high-touch, expensive and complex medications to patients intravenously in their homes — or in a setting other than a hospital — is essentially a large-scale bid to “reduce costs by transferring non-self-administered drugs to the most cost-effective and clinically appropriate site of care,” said pharmacist Michael Einodshofer, senior director of specialty strategy and innovation at Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy.

January 2, 2014

The number of new drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration fell by more than 30% in 2013 compared with 2012, according to agency records.