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.
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.
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.
Vermont on Friday became the last state in the nation to legalize electronic prescriptions for controlled substances — a measure that many states have adopted as a way to combat the abuse of controlled substances and prevent individuals from resorting to fraudulent paper prescriptions.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill that would grant doctors the final say on which prescription drugs to prescribe for their patients in Medicaid's managed care programs, the Associated Press reports.
Drug Store News sat down with Tom O’Donnell, VP federal government affairs at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, to discuss pharmacist provider status and the latest pro-pharmacy legislative initiatives in the U.S. House and Senate.
Verde Technologies has announced a pilot program for its Deterra Drug Deactivation System that will see the company partner with the Delaware Prescription Action Committee (PDAC) and the Delaware Pharmacists Societyt to combat prescription drug abuse.
The DEA announced on Tuesday that the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back will take place across the United States on Sept. 26 — except for in Pennsylvania and Delaware where the event will take place on Sept. 12.
Voters from all political parties support sunshine legislation that would make promote transparency in generic prescription drug payments by pharmacy benefit manager corporations, according to a national survey from the National Community Pharmacists Association released Tuesday.
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.
The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued guidance indicating that the agency would give pharmacies an additional four months to comply with product tracing requirements scheduled to take effect July 1, 2015.
Pharmacy organizations have written a joint letter to the Food and Drug Administration asking officials to delay enforcement of a July 1 electronic product-tracing deadline for prescription drug dispensers.
On June 13th at the Cabell County Public Library, Brad Hodges president of the National Federation of the Blind of West Virginia, Huntington Area Chapter, will join Drew Massey, clinical services coordinator for Fruth Pharmacy in demonstrating a new audio prescription label.