NACDS activates ICERx.org emergency prescription database
ALEXANDRIA, Va. For the first time since the program went live this summer, chain pharmacy has activated its “in-case-of-emergency” online prescription data base, ICERx.org, on Wednesday in response to the wildfire situation in Southern California. “For chain pharmacies providing care to evacuees displaced by the fires in Southern California, SureScripts and the nation’s pharmacies have activated access to Emergency Rx History,” stated Steven Anderson, president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. “This will make it possible for pharmacies to obtain and fill some people’s prescriptions through the use of a secure network, even when the prescription is at another pharmacy.”
ICERx.org was born out of another initiative spearheaded by the pharmacy industry—katrinahealth.org—which warehoused prescription drug information in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
NACDS also participates in RxResponse, a collaborative effort designed to help support the continued delivery of medicines during a severe public health emergency, but there is no current need to activate that program, Anderson said. “With the pharmaceutical supply chain operating without disruption and most pharmacies able to serve their patients, RxResponse will not be formally activated at this time, but will continue to remain on alert to assess the situation and respond as needed. This is good news, in terms of the current state of prescription medication availability, as well as the fact that RxResponse is demonstrating its ability to facilitate communications and quickly assess situations.”
Pharma, biotech companies in line of wildfires
SAN DIEGO With the wildfires still blazing in areas across San Diego, such pharma and biotech companies as Pfizer are preparing for closures and even evacuations of some of their facilities, according to drugresearcher.com.
Pfizer’s La Jolla research and development site is a 33.5-acre campus, with facilities covering more than 1 million square feet, including Pfizer’s vaccines research and The Pfizer Incubator, a new facility where the company is financing life science start-ups. The HIV drug Viracept is produced at the site, as well as new treatments for cancer and diseases of the eye.
Across San Diego County, there are more than 500 life science companies employing more than 36,000 people, according to industry association Biocom. The companies range from small biotechs to some of the biggest names in drug development, such as Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Amgen, Biogen Idec, Genentech and Pfizer. Between them, they generate more than $23 million for the economy every day.
Pharmacy OneSource ranks in Deloitte’s top 100
BELLEVUE, Wash. Pharmacy OneSource has been ranked number 84 on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications and life sciences companies in North America. The company grew 2011 percent in fiscal revenue from 2002-2006, which was the time period used to measure each company’s ranking.
“We enjoy our strong relationship with pharmacy professionals and the opportunity it brings to stay intimate with their needs,” said Keith Streckenbach, chief strategy officer. “This knowledge, combined with excellent hires, has catalyzed our growth.”
Pharmacy OneSource was also ranked sixth on the Washington State Technology Fast 50, which ranks the 50 fastest growing technology firms in Washington State.