Pharmacists: Not just Rx providers
WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT The news that pharmacists believe that most consumers buy over-the-counter products that were recommended by them further demonstrates the significant role that pharmacists play in the U.S. healthcare system.
(THE NEWS: APhA survey: Pharmacists recommend over-the-counter products to consumers. For the full story, click here)
As the article states, the APhA study found that pharmacists believe that 82% of consumers buy OTC products that actually were recommended to them by a pharmacist. Furthermore, the study found that pharmacists counsel 29 patients on average per week around the use of OTC medication.
Clearly, this news demonstrates that patients trust their pharmacist and are turning to them as a valued, convenient healthcare provider. It also demonstrates that patients are in need of information surrounding their health and health of their loved ones.
In light of the physician shortage, overflowing emergency rooms and soaring healthcare costs, it is more important than ever that pharmacy strengthen its footing on the frontlines of U.S. health care. Studies such as this one that communicate the vital role that pharmacists play in patients’ lives comes at a critical time and is only growing increasingly important.
Solantic launches mobile Web site
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Solantic walk-in urgent care has launched a mobile phone Web site that can be accessed by any mobile phone device that has Web-browsing capability.
The site features a listing of the company’s urgent care, wellness and workers’ comp/occupational health services; urgent care prices; insurances accepted; and information regarding Solantic’s urgent care locations in North Florida, North Central Florida, Central Florida, the Treasure Coast and South Florida. The application also includes click-through links to Google maps to assist users in locating the nearest Solantic center.
The site can be accessed at m.solantic.com.
Since its founding in 2001, Solantic has been a leader in applying retail concepts to the practice of urgent care medicine. Solantic has been referred to in the media as the "Starbucks of health care" as it posts simplified, three-tiered pricing on large menu boards, displays wait times on queue monitors, offers online registration, Solantic gift cards and a guarantee on its services — if a patient doesn’t feel better they can return to Solantic and be treated for free.
The company currently operates 32 centers, with plans to expand in 2010 through hospital joint ventures and franchising with physicians.
NCPA to host three-day legislative conference
WASHINGTON Hundreds of community pharmacists plan to rally in Washington next week for a three-day legislative conference with more than a dozen members of Congress, an organization representing independent pharmacists said Thursday.
The National Community Pharmacists Association announced the conference, taking place Monday through Wednesday at Washington’s Hyatt Regency.
Obama administration officials speaking at the event will include Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services chief medical officer for the Center for Beneficiary Choice Jeff Kelman and Federal Trade Commission deputy director of the Bureau of Competition Peter Levitas, both speaking Monday. On Tuesday and Wednesday, attendees will hear from such congressional speakers as Reps. Wally Herger, R-Calif., and Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., and Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. On Wednesday, they will attend a pharmacy rally on Capitol Hill where speakers will include Reps. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., Gerry Connolly, D-Va., Geoff Davis, R-Ky., and Walter Jones, R-N.C.