October 12, 2012

When given a choice, patients prefer to receive an electronic prescription if they receive a prescription from their physician, according to the most recent Patient Views infographic. To be specific, 64% of respondents said they would choose an e-prescription when provided an option, according to an exclusive survey of nearly 800 patients conducted by AccentHealth and DSN in late July and early August. How many patients are actually given a choice as to how they receive their prescription, and how many currently are receiving electronic prescriptions?

October 12, 2012

Pharmacy automation manufacturer Kirby Lester has launched a version of one of its tablet counters with streamlined verification software.

October 12, 2012

Nearly two-thirds of pharmacy students are interested in owning a community pharmacy after graduation, according to a recent survey conducted on behalf of the National Community Pharmacists Association.

October 11, 2012

A company that manufactures simplified packaging designed to increase medication adherence has launched a new website to promote the product.

October 11, 2012

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has announced that it will participate in the annual U.S. Senate Health Fair, which will take place on Oct. 11 to 12 in the U.S. Senate Office complex on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

October 11, 2012

A coalition — which includes the California Medical Association, the California Dental Association, California Pharmacists Association, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, California Association of Medical Product Suppliers, AIDS Healthcare Foundation and American Medical Response — continues to work to block the state of California from cutting Medi-Cal reimbursement rates by 10%.

October 11, 2012

Frank Scorpiniti, CEO of Rexall Pharma Plus, issued a statement this week applauding the Ontario government’s announcement that it will expand the role of pharmacists to provide more options for Ontarians’ healthcare needs.

October 11, 2012

Rite Aid pharmacists on Long Island in New York state are participating in a diabetes initiative run by health insurer UnitedHealth Group, the two companies said Thursday.

October 10, 2012

Shopko announced Wednesday that Mike Bettiga has been named interim CEO to replace Paul Jones, who resigned to pursue another opportunity.

October 9, 2012

With its sights firmly fixed on delivering innovative solutions that address emerging customer needs that no stand-alone PBM or stand-alone retail pharmacy could provide, CVS Caremark is seeing growing interest in its proprietary programs — or integration sweet spots — known as Maintenance Choice and Pharmacy Advisor.


October 9, 2012

While much of the focus on pharmacist-administered vaccinations has been on influenza and shingles, there also have been efforts to significantly expand the number of diseases against which customers at the local pharmacy can get protection.


October 9, 2012

Specialty may be the fastest-growing segment, but it may also be the most complicated, as this segment is comprised of very complex medications to treat such serious diseases as cancer, multiple sclerosis and hemophilia.

October 9, 2012

There are two issues concerning the business of diabetes monitoring that are playing out right now, one a little more immediate. 


October 9, 2012

CVS Caremark is also working to reinvent the role of its retail pharmacists and is gaining share by focusing on customer service, greater adherence, increased access and patient 
care improvements.

October 9, 2012

Abusive auditing and unfair reimbursement practices harm community pharmacists’ ability to provide critically needed patient counseling and care to seniors, according to a new survey released Sept. 18 by the National Community Pharmacists Association.


October 9, 2012

Another factor greasing the skids for health system/retail pharmacy/clinic alliances is a clear shift in cultural and societal attitudes.

October 9, 2012

In light of a decision by the Ontario government to expand the scope of practice for pharmacists to include administering flu shots, Shoppers Drug Mart has announced that it will offer vaccination clinics in more than 750 stores in Ontario and across Canada.

October 9, 2012

A meeting with federal officials last week indicates that pharmacists' importance in dispensing animal drugs is growing.

October 8, 2012

The U.S. healthcare system's steady migration beyond the exclusive terrain of the physician practices, professional clinics and hospitals — and into the far more accessible and more cost-conscious world of retail pharmacy and health — continues to accelerate. The shift is dramatically expanding access to health services for millions of patients — many of them uninsured or underinsured — and elevating the status of retail clinicians and community pharmacists.

October 5, 2012

The National Community Pharmacists Association on Thursday commended a bipartisan group of 13 U.S. representatives for a letter they jointly sent to the Drug Enforcement Administration requesting “clarification, guidance and collaboration,” and suggesting that the federal agency’s efforts in addressing supply chain issues of controlled substances across Florida-based distribution centers and pharmacies may be inadvertently preventing patients from accessing certain prescription drugs for which they have legitimate medical needs and prescriptions.

October 4, 2012

Among the highlights of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ annual Pharmacy and Technology conference are the educational sessions, for which pharmacists earn continuing education credits while learning about the latest trends in pharmacy practice and care.

October 4, 2012

“Drugs don’t work in patients who don’t take them.” Sounds simple enough. But that obvious truism, voiced by former U.S. surgeon general C. Everett Koop, fails to convince tens of millions of patients that they should take their prescription medicines through the full dosage regimen.

October 2, 2012

Walgreens will get a "significant" ownership stake in a specialty pharmacy that treats people with cystic fibrosis under a new deal with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the two announced Tuesday.

October 1, 2012

The American Diabetes Association announced on Monday that this November's American Diabetes Month is sponsored by the CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare Advantage for Diabetes savings program, a free offering that provides exclusive savings, prescription management services, recipes and pharmacist tips developed exclusively for those living with the disease, as well as their caregivers.