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Northeast Ohio Medical University pioneers Transitions in Care with Ritzman Pharmacy

BY Michael Johnsen

ROOTSTOWN, OHIO – The College of Pharmacy at Northeast Ohio Medical University on Friday launched the College’s first Transitions in Care program through its affiliate, Pharmacy Innovations, and in partnership with Ritzman Pharmacy at NEOMED and Summa Rehab Hospital.

“We hope to decrease re-admissions and increase compliance with patients taking their meds as prescribed,” stated Jeffrey Sanderson, medical director at Summa Rehab Hospital. “While it’s too early to project the long-run, we’ve already seen compliance – with patients getting their initial prescriptions filled – increase from an average 50% to 100% [for those introduced to the program].”

Services through the program, which began Jan. 5. 2017, include concierge service, medication education and discharge counseling – all at no additional charge to the patient.

The unique collaboration responds instantly to a number of critical concerns in health care today: medication adherence, access to quality health care and health literacy and re-admissions.

The process is fluid and begins as patients with varied medical needs are admitted to the Summa Rehab Hospital, a 60-bed inpatient acute medical rehabilitation hospital.  Upon admission, patients are automatically enrolled in the Transitions in Care Program, but they may opt out if desired.  Twenty-four hours prior to discharge, medication orders are sent to Ritzman Pharmacy at NEOMED for preparation.  On the day of discharge the medications are delivered via courier to the Pharmacy Department at Summa Rehab.  The Transitions in Care pharmacist then provides medication education, discharge counselling and discharge medications.

But it’s the direct interaction with pharmacists prior to discharge that’s key to increasing adherence, noted Charles Taylor, dean of the College of Pharmacy at NEOMED and president of Pharmacy Innovations. “Interprofessionally educated pharmacists can play a huge role as part of the care team. We need them to be recognized as providers of care.”

“It makes sense for pharmacist to play a role before discharge," agreed George Glatcz, COO Ritzman Pharmacy. "Usually a patient is sent home with a prescription, no medication education and no medication. It is no wonder that three out of four Americans do not take their medication as directed.”

Transitions in Care programs are on the increase. There are even a handful of residencies for Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) pharmacists across the country. With health care facing an increased shortage of primary care physicians, medication adherence hovering around 50% and providers striving to reduce readmissions, patients, physicians and providers would all benefit from pharmacists as part of the care team, Glatcz noted.

 

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Upsher-Smith inks deal to market and distribute three generic products

BY Brian Berk

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — Upsher-Smith Laboratories entered into an exclusive agreement with an emerging pharmaceutical company to market and distribute three generic products. These products will compete in markets with combined U.S. annual sales of nearly $200 million, according to IMS Health.

Under the terms of the agreement, the partner will develop, manufacture and supply the products exclusively for Upsher-Smith, which will market and distribute the products under its own label in the United States.

Financial terms related to the deal have not been disclosed. The name of the pharmaceutical company was not revealed in a news release.

"We are pleased to have entered into a partnership that will help Upsher-Smith build on its already strong presence in the U.S. generic marketplace," said Rusty Field, President, Upsher-Smith. "We look forward to creating more such partnerships with companies who share in our commitment to delivering quality, high-value generic products to patients."

Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc., founded in 1919, is a growing, fully integrated pharmaceutical company dedicated to its mission of delivering high-value, high-quality therapies and solutions which measurably improve individuals' lives.

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Suncrest debuts HangRx/p-link will-call system

BY Brian Berk

OREM, Utah — Suncrest Solutions in partnership with EZ-RFID introduced the HangRx/p-link automated light guided will-call system.

Using radio frequency ID, this patented system easily converts existing the hangup bag will call system to a highly efficient, automated light guided will call, a win-win for pharmacists and patients, according to the company. “With integrations and relationships in today’s top pharmacy management systems, upgrading your will call doesn’t get any easier,” stated Suncrest.

“The technology has thus far been implemented at Drugco Discount Pharmacy in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. “The system provides a huge amount of [return on investment] for both money and time,” said Drew Huggins, chief operating officer for Drugco. “Our pharmacy fills 1,300 prescriptions per day and has over 600 individual prescription pick-ups on a typical day. If we are conservatively saving an average of 1 minute per prescription pick up, we are recouping almost 10 hours of employee time per day in retrieving prescriptions alone. Our cost savings are primarily associated with this reduction in employee time burden, as well as a decrease in costs associated with prescription pick-up errors and lost time for long searches.”   

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J.Larsen says:
Mar-21-2017 04:35 pm

Great Product with great early reviews coming in! So excited to be apart of it!

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