December 12, 2013

Pharmacists have the ability to significantly increase vaccination rates in Canada and save the healthcare system money by reducing the number of hospitalizations due to complications from the flu, according to a new report developed by Shoppers Drug Mart.

December 11, 2013

Reimbursement cuts to California's state Medicaid program are the subject of a lawsuit filed last week in San Francisco.

December 11, 2013

McKesson Pharmacy Systems and Automation introduced a new EnterpriseRx Flexible Delivery solution that expands the reach of outpatient and retail pharmacies beyond their local communities.

December 9, 2013

The American Pharmacists Association's philanthropic wing has appointed five new members to its board of directors, the group said Monday.

December 9, 2013

A survey of more than 1,000 independent pharmacists finds that acquisition costs for generic drugs have spiked by as much as 1,000% this year.

December 9, 2013

Giant Eagle on Monday announced the acquisition of Rx21 Specialty Pharmacy, enabling the company to provide enhanced services to Hepatitis C and organ transplant patients and providers.

December 9, 2013

Further expanding the scope of preventive healthcare services provided by its pharmacists, Walgreens is now offering daily testing for cholesterol, blood glucose and body composition at more than 60 stores in Maryland.

December 6, 2013

McKesson's Health Mart pharmacy franchisees recently gained access to a tool that has the potential of giving community pharmacy a leg up on the competition in the coming years. EQuIPP, from Pharmacy Quality Solutions, does just that — equips independents with individual store data that marks the performance of their pharmacy vs. a national benchmark.

It's putting the pestle where the mortar is — retail pharmacy has the patient touchpoints and data-tracking wherewithal to make a material impact on patient outcomes. Important, because that's what the new year will bring — more and more healthcare payers looking to improve their own patient outcomes. And what better way to do it than to partner with outperforming pharmacies?

December 6, 2013

A study conducted among rural patients at Thrifty White Pharmacy locations in the Midwest and published in the November/December issue of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association found that patients who received appointment-based medication synchronization were up to six times more likely to adhere to their therapies than those who didn't receive them.

Over the years, study after study has shown that pharmacists can play a crucial role in ensuring that patients take their drugs when they're supposed to and as instructed. And poor medication adherence is no small issue, as studies have shown it costs the country nearly $300 billion per year, in addition to contributing to poor health outcomes. It's been said that improvements in medication adherence can be the equivalent of a blockbuster drug, and according to the National Coalition on Health Care, self-management of chronic diseases could save $10 for every $1 spent.

December 5, 2013

Compounding pharmacies that produce sterile drugs can register as outsourcing facilities and may be exempt from certain Food and Drug Administration approval requirements, according to a document published on the FDA's website.

December 4, 2013

Mail-order pharmacies frequently charge Medicare prescription drug plans more than community pharmacies do for filling prescriptions, a new analysis by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has concluded.

December 4, 2013

The Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board is looking for a new executive director following the departure of Joe Cabaleiro, the group said Wednesday.

December 3, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a set of recommendations on collaborative practice agreements between pharmacists and physicians in an effort to improve healthcare quality, under a partnership with the American Pharmacists Association's philanthropic wing.

December 3, 2013

Inergetics and the Podiatree Co. on Tuesday launched Intrinsix, a podiatry-exclusive nerve health support supplement enriched with calcium and vitamin D.

December 3, 2013

McKesson will be introducing hospital and health systems pharmacy leaders to new ideas and emerging solutions for their top issues at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting 2013, which runs from Dec. 8 to 12.

December 3, 2013

Officials in Rhode Island may set up a registry that would allow doctors and pharmacists to track patients who have problems with drug abuse, according to published reports.

December 2, 2013

Rite Aid has promoted Karen Staniforth, VP pharmacy for the chain's mid-Atlantic division, to group VP pharmacy initiatives and clinical services, the company said Monday.

December 2, 2013

Patients who received appointment-based medication synchronization were up to six times more likely to adhere to their therapies than those who didn't, according to a study of patients at rural Thrifty White Pharmacy locations in the Midwest published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association.

November 25, 2013

Four pharmacists from Diplomat are among the 49 across the country who have received certification from the Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board, Diplomat said Monday.

November 22, 2013

On Nov. 18, the Senate passed by voice vote the Drug Quality and Security Act, sending to president Barack Obama's desk legislation that implements federal tracking and tracing of drugs and strengthens federal regulations on pharmacy compounding.

The bipartisan bill, which has the support of such trade groups as the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the National Community Pharmacists Association and the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, ties up a couple of problematic loose ends in the pharmaceutical supply chain, namely the so-called "downstream" supply chain, which refers to the path that drugs take from their manufacturers to providers and patients, as well as sterile compounding.

November 21, 2013

Nowhere is the need to engage more effectively with patients more apparent than in the area of medication adherence.

November 21, 2013

Health care has begun to emphasize quality in addition to cost as a means to provide what is known as value-driven health care.

November 21, 2013

Expanding the role of pharmacists can help reduce the burden of chronic illness on patients and potentially save Canada’s system an estimated $1.4 billion to $1.9 billion dollars over three years. That’s according to the recent Pharmaprix/Shoppers Drug Mart "Sustainable Solutions Report: A Focus on Managing Complex Chronic Diseases."

November 21, 2013

Pharmacists traditionally have been one of the most underutilized members of the healthcare team, possibly because they hadn’t been officially recognized as part of that team. That, however, is about to change.