Six years. That’s how long it usually takes for any candidate to earn the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, or PharmD, now required to practice as a licensed pharmacist. In addition, PharmD graduates also must pass state licensure examinations required by state boards of pharmacy in all 50 states.
The introduction in January of bipartisan legislation that would grant retail pharmacists provider status for Medicare patients in “underserved” communities certainly sounds like a step in the right direction.
The University of South Florida Health College of Pharmacy in November opened a 1,500-sq.-ft. concept pharmacy called the USF Health Pharmacy Plus that sees 5,000 patients per week and features advanced robotics, medication therapy management and pharmacogenomics to better prepare its 320 pharmacy students for a future in retail pharmacy.
The University of Florida College of Pharmacy has announced that it is reforming its doctor of pharmacy four-year educational program in an effort to prepare graduates to work in an environment where inter-professional team-based approaches to patient care are increasingly the norm.
Cardinal Health announced at its Retail Business Conference that nine pharmacy schools across the country will collectively receive $2 million in funding through the Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program in 2014.
How retail pharmacies invest in technology and harness the flood of patient and drug utilization data it generates will determine, in large part, the future of the profession and its relevance to a fast-changing health system seeking new cost-saving solutions and more effective approaches to patient care and disease prevention.
As the healthcare services powerhouse it has grown to become over the decades, Cardinal Health serves a wide range of customers in a variety of channels, from retail pharmacy to hospitals and health systems. But its impact on community pharmacy extends far beyond its role as an integral linchpin in our nation’s healthcare supply chain.
As part of its continued commitment to supporting future pharmacists, Cardinal Health announced that six pharmacy schools across the country will receive more than $625,000 in funding through the Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program.