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Study: Physicians more likely to prescribe Rxs with adherence incentives

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Physicians are 30% more likely to prescribe a drug that gives patients incentives to remain adherent to it than they are to prescribe a drug without such a program, according to a new survey.

The survey of 100 doctors, sponsored by HealthPrize Technologies and conducted by pharmaceutical marketing firm HealthcarePanel.org, also found 89% of doctors were comfortable with the idea of rewarding patients for adherence, along with using education.

HealthPrize is an Internet and mobile-based adherence platform that uses behavioral economics and gaming dynamics to encourage medication adherence with things like sweepstakes, financial rewards, prizes, education and quizzes.

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Amid shortage, Walgreens compounds Tamiflu

BY Allison Cerra

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens said its pharmacies are prepared to compound Tamiflu capsules into liquid form after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported widespread flu activity in the United States.

The drug store chain said it is addressing the demand for liquid Tamiflu for children, which has resulted in a shortage of the flu-fighting drug.

“These are the highest levels of flu activity health officials have seen this season,” said Kermit Crawford, Walgreens president of pharmacy services. “For people who get sick and who are prescribed an antiviral drug like Tamiflu, it’s best if started within the first 48 hours. With the shortage of liquid Tamiflu for children, we’ve taken proactive measures to ensure our pharmacists can compound these prescriptions, and many have already begun doing so. In addition, we continue to offer flu shots at all of our stores and Take Care Clinics every day.”

The CDC recently disclosed that 44 states have reported flu activity.

All Walgreens and Take Care Clinics continue to offer flu shots daily with no appointment necessary, the drug store chain said.

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Topco to utilize Supplylogix’s pharmacy inventory management, demand forecasting services

BY Allison Cerra

GRAPEVINE, Texas — A member-owned cooperative has inked a deal with a technology company that develops and provides integrated data-driven solutions for healthcare inventory logistics.

Topco said it selected Supplylogix to provide pharmacy inventory management and demand forecasting services, which will improve inventory positions and forecast demand for more than 60,000 pharmaceutical products sold across more than 1,000 pharmacy locations nationwide.

Topco member-owners are utilizing two of Supplylogix’s software-as-a-service, or SaaS, solutions: the Pinpoint Transfer and Pinpoint Order applications. These applications will significantly enhance Topco member-owners’ abilities to maximize patient service levels, while reducing pharmacy inventory expense by helping in the following key areas:

  • Decrease out-of-stocks for acute and refilled prescriptions;

  • Right-size pharmacy inventory and safety stock levels; and

  • Identify potential shrink losses.

“Topco and [its] member-owners are ideally suited to take advantage of our pharmacy inventory management SaaS solutions," said Mark Wilgus, Supplylogix president and CEO. "We are thrilled to announce this partnership with one of the industry’s most successful purchasing aggregation organizations and to support the growth of [its] member-owners’ pharmacy businesses.”

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