Pharmacists rank 3rd in Gallup 2018 survey of honesty
Pharmacists rank third in Gallup’s 2018 survey of honesty and ethical standards, maintaining their consistently strong showing in the annual measure of diverse professions. Health-related professions swept the top three, with nurses ranking first and medical doctors ranking second – just one percentage point ahead of pharmacists.
“We want to thank pharmacists for their trusted work as the face of neighborhood healthcare, which is reflected consistently in Gallup’s survey,” NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson said.
“Just as Americans walk into their pharmacies for access to quality care, policymakers turn to these professionals for advice on pressing issues. These issues include addressing the opioid abuse epidemic, reducing patients’ out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs, and improving access to care through newer pharmacist-provided services.”
Gallup’s results are consistent with findings of a 2018 survey conducted by Morning Consult and commissioned by NACDS, in which 82% of respondents indicated a favorable opinion of their pharmacist and 90% said pharmacies are easy to access.
The Morning Consult survey also found that 83% say pharmacists provide credible information for saving money on prescriptions; that three-in-four agree with NACDS-backed public policy solutions for the opioid-abuse epidemic; and that between eight-in-ten and nine-in-ten agree that Medicare patients should be able to obtain various healthcare services from their pharmacists – including health tests, vaccinations and help with managing illnesses like diabetes.
“In 2018, Congress passed, and the President signed, legislation that will help pharmacists provide even more assistance to patients in saving money on prescription drugs. The year also saw the enactment of opioid-abuse-prevention legislation, which includes aspects of NACDS’ public policy recommendations that are based on pharmacists’ insights from the front lines of care. NACDS looks forward to working with policymakers at the federal and state levels in 2019 to achieve further progress on complex issues affecting the health and wellness of all Americans,” Anderson said.
Glenmark gets FDA’s blessing for two generics
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals has received the Food and Drug Administration’s nod for for fluocinolone acetonide oil, 0.01%, ear drops
The product is a generic version of Hill Dermaceuticals’ DermOtic Oil, 0.01% ear drops.
The product had a market value of approximately $18.1 million for the 12 month period ending October 2018, according to IQVIA data.
Glenmark also received the FDA green light for hydrocortisone valerate ointment, 0.2%.
The product is the generic version of Sun Pharmaceutical’s Westcort ointment, 0.2%.
Westcort ointment, 0.2% had a market value of about $11.1 million for the 12 month period ending October 2018, according to IQVIA data.
Paramount Rx reports $400 million in 2018 patient savings
Paramount Rx, a prescription benefits manager, saved customers more than $400 million on their prescriptions in 2018 through its Community Cares Rx prescription discount program.
The program’s free prescription discount card helps provide immediate savings to millions of underinsured and uninsured American families.
“As the new year approaches, many of our customers are facing important health care decisions and contending with increased premiums, cost sharing increases and deductible resetting,” Paramount Rx senior vice president of provider relations Ron Richmond said. “By eliminating the high fees typically associated with prescription discount cards, we are able to pass significantly more savings along to customers than many other programs in the marketplace.”
The Community Cares Rx card is accepted at more than 57,000 pharmacy locations across the country.
Online tools allow program participants to locate a pharmacy and research drug pricing and availability.
Paramount Rx also invested in communities across the country, including funding vaccination programs in Texas, supporting diabetes education initiatives in Minnesota and donating to community-based food charities in Florida.