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Using Technology to Minimize Risk of Expired Drugs
Mar 29 2019

Using Technology to Minimize Risk of Expired Drugs

Every pharmacy manager dreams of a well-managed inventory in which drug levels are synchronized with patient demand, inventory remains on the shelf for a minimal amount of time, and patients in need of high-cost or rare drugs regularly pick up their medications. The reality though is most pharmacists regularly find themselves holding inventories of expired medications which, in most cases, impose a cost to the pharmacy’s bottom line.

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Don’t Let Prescription Abandonment Wreak Havoc with Your Pharmacy Inventory
Feb 01 2019

Don’t Let Prescription Abandonment Wreak Havoc with Your Pharmacy Inventory

According to the 2018 Generic Drug Access & Savings report, roughly eight percent of prescriptions for generic drugs, and 21 percent of prescriptions for brand-name drugs are abandoned at the pharmacy. That is to say, prescriptions are received by the pharmacy, filled, but never picked up.

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Prescription Sync Modules Help Improve Adherence and Patient Outcomes
Jan 28 2019

Prescription Sync Modules Help Improve Adherence and Patient Outcomes

Last year a New York Times article referred to the high incidence of medication non-adherence as “an out of control epidemic,” and noted as many as 30 percent of all prescribed medications either go unfilled, or unused. The article cited “staggering statistics,” including an estimated $290 billion in added health care costs, and as many as 125,000 deaths each year that might be avoided with a proper medication regime.

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New PrimeRx™ Exception Report Ensures Accuracy and Integrity of E-Prescription Records
Jan 15 2019

New PrimeRx™ Exception Report Ensures Accuracy and Integrity of E-Prescription Records

According to Becker’s Hospital Review, a leading source for healthcare industry news, 77% of all prescriptions were delivered electronically in 2017, which represents a 4% increase from 2016.

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Using your Pharmacy Technology System to Manage Inventory, and Control Costs
Dec 21 2018

Using your Pharmacy Technology System to Manage Inventory, and Control Costs

For the past several years, the National Community Pharmacists Association has tracked the rate at which pharmacies are utilizing technology for various workflow functions. In 2017, findings showed steady growth in the use of key capabilities including point-of-sale, automated dispensing, mobile commerce/signature capture, and telephone IVR (interactive voice response).

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When it comes to Pharmacy Configuration, Leave Room for Soap and Toothpaste
Dec 14 2018

When it comes to Pharmacy Configuration, Leave Room for Soap and Toothpaste

Although the typical pharmacy’s footprint has not changed over the years, expectations about how that space should be utilized have evolved dramatically. Today’s pharmacies are likely to include larger, more comfortable waiting areas; designated spaces for immunization or blood pressure clinics; and private areas for patient counseling, among other things.

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FDA Takes Aim at E-Cigarettes  – And Pharmacists Take Note
Nov 15 2018

FDA Takes Aim at E-Cigarettes – And Pharmacists Take Note

According to the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS), vaping increased nearly 80 percent among high schoolers and by 50 percent among middle schoolers in the past year, with one in five students saying they have used an e-cigarette in the past month

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Improved Patient Adherence could be a Quick Text or Phone Call Away
Nov 01 2018

Improved Patient Adherence could be a Quick Text or Phone Call Away

Last year Walgreens conducted a study of pharmacy patients enrolled in Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Part D) who were considered non-adherent in following their medication protocols.

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What’s New in Patient and Pharmacy Technology?
Oct 31 2018

What’s New in Patient and Pharmacy Technology?

Apple CEO Tim Cook wowed the world when he revealed his company’s Series 4 Apple watch, which includes features to detect when a wearer has fallen, an abnormal heart pattern, and can summon emergency help when needed. “Outcome-changing,” and “Life-saver,” were among the terms used to describe the effect Apple’s technology breakthrough could have on patient care.

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Amazon bought PillPack and CVS merged with AETNA – What’s Next in the Changing Pharmacy Landscape?
Oct 15 2018

Amazon bought PillPack and CVS merged with AETNA – What’s Next in the Changing Pharmacy Landscape?

Pharmacy-related issues have been very much in the headlines, with analysts full of predictions about how the latest news will affect the industry, Wall Street, consumers, and pretty much everything-and-everyone in between. A cursory look though, at recent pharmacy-and-pharmaceutical headlines, reveals a consistent trend in favor of patient-centered, technology-based changes.

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Technology-Based Reports add Efficiency, Visibility to Pharmacy Workflow
Sep 19 2018

Technology-Based Reports add Efficiency, Visibility to Pharmacy Workflow

Legendary management consultant Peter Drucker is widely credited with saying, “What gets measured gets managed.” But could Drucker, who began his career almost 80 years ago, ever have anticipated a world in which 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every day?

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Have you Thanked a Pharmacist Today?  October is American Pharmacists Month
Sep 01 2018

Have you Thanked a Pharmacist Today? October is American Pharmacists Month

While pharmacists deserve daily gratitude and respect for their work, we especially appreciate these hardworking individuals during October, which is “American Pharmacists Month.”

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Nothing Says “I Care” Like a Pharmacist-Administered Influenza Vaccination
Aug 31 2018

Nothing Says “I Care” Like a Pharmacist-Administered Influenza Vaccination

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) uses the term “high severity” to describe the 2017-2018 influenza season, which resulted in an abnormally high number of deaths and hospitalizations.

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EpiPen Shortage Persists as Students Head Back to School
Aug 16 2018

EpiPen Shortage Persists as Students Head Back to School

The EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. devices deliver the lifesaving drug epinephrine during severe allergic reactions, and are often carried by students, and stocked in school health offices.

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The One Thing Amazon Can’t Offer Pharmacy Customers…
Jul 19 2018

The One Thing Amazon Can’t Offer Pharmacy Customers…

“Disruptive,” “gamechanger,” and “the start of something big,” were among the terms used to describe the impact Amazon.com’s planned acquisition of online pharmacy PillPack may have on the prescription drug industry.

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Pharmacies Stand Ready with EPCS Technology in Place
Jul 17 2018

Pharmacies Stand Ready with EPCS Technology in Place

As federal and state legislators consider options for addressing the nation’s growing opioid and prescription drug abuse crisis, it seems that one tool already in the arsenal is being largely overlooked: Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substance (EPCS) technology.

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2018 Pharmacy School Grads Face Changing Industry, Tightened Job Market
Jun 29 2018

2018 Pharmacy School Grads Face Changing Industry, Tightened Job Market

This spring, roughly 15,000 students received degrees from the nation’s 138 pharmacy schools, and are set to put their knowledge and training to use in various capacities. But what does the current job market look like for recent graduates, and how has the role of the pharmacist changed in recent years?

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Community Pharmacy eCare Plan
Jun 20 2018

Community Pharmacy eCare Plan

The number of patients – usually senior citizens – who take five or more drugs has become so significant, that the practice now has its own term. The term is “polypharmacy,” and according to 2016 research reported in JAMA Internal Medicine, more than 35 percent of older adults were taking at least five medications, up from 30 percent in 2011. Further, almost two-thirds reported using dietary supplements, including herbs and vitamins, and nearly 40 percent took over-the-counter drugs.

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It’s Hurricane Season. Will Your Patients be Ready?
Jun 14 2018

It’s Hurricane Season. Will Your Patients be Ready?

Water. Food. Batteries. Flashlight. Four things that top the list of most people when preparing to hunker down for a threatening storm. This is precisely the situation in which millions of Gulf Coast residents found themselves last year, when Hurricane Harvey bore down, dumping 52 inches of rain and forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee their homes.

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Health Age Calculator
May 31 2018

Health Age Calculator

The Health Department is excited to launch New York City's very own Heart Age Calculator, an online tool to help New Yorkers determine their risk for heart disease and stroke. The calculator is designed for adults ages 30 - 74 to understand their risk for cardiovascular disease and to obtain customized recommendations on how to become healthier. Knowing our heart age is a valuable first step for many of us to gain awareness of our risk factors and develop a plan to improve our health.

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Eliminating DIR Fees Remains Front Burner Issue for Pharmacists
May 28 2018

Eliminating DIR Fees Remains Front Burner Issue for Pharmacists

When hundreds of community pharmacists converged on Capitol Hill in April 2018, the group had a clear message for lawmakers:

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Pharmacists see the end to Pricing “Gag Rule,” at least for Medicare Patients
May 13 2018

Pharmacists see the end to Pricing “Gag Rule,” at least for Medicare Patients

One of the more frustrating restrictions on the pharmacist-consumer relationship has long been the pharmacist’s inability to tell a customer about lower-cost drug purchasing options.

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Trump’s Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices Healthcare
May 11 2018

Trump’s Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices Healthcare

"One of my greatest priorities is to reduce the price of prescription drugs."

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Patients see Increased Role of Pharmacy in Managing their Health
May 08 2018

Patients see Increased Role of Pharmacy in Managing their Health

While in-store blood pressure testing and flu vaccines have become fairly common in U.S. pharmacies, recent research shows patients are increasingly open to allowing pharmacies to perform an even greater range of health care services. This is further validation of the increased role pharmacies are playing in consumer healthcare management

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Five Considerations in Selecting a Pharmacy Software System
May 08 2018

Five Considerations in Selecting a Pharmacy Software System

You’ve made the decision. Your pharmacy needs to automate. But with dozens of pharmacy software systems to choose from – with different capabilities and price points – how can you choose the right system for your business?

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Are Your Customers Waiting too Long for Prescriptions?
May 06 2018

Are Your Customers Waiting too Long for Prescriptions?

Few things are more distressing to a pharmacist than to peer out at the pharmacy waiting area and see an obviously ill patient waiting for a prescription to be filled. It’s especially heartbreaking when the patient is a child, or a senior citizen. And while most patients understand it takes time to process and fill a prescription

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