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Have You Thanked a Pharmacist Today? October is American Pharmacists Month!
Sep 30 2019

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." The American Pharmacists Association (aPhA) began the October tradition in 2004 as a way to celebrate and recognize the important contributions pharmacists have made. Since then, the month-long celebration provides an opportunity to promote awareness among the public, patients, policy makers and other stakeholders about the many services pharmacists provide beyond their traditional role of dispensing medicines. So hat's off to America's dedicated pharmacists, for the vital role they have in promoting health and well-being, and for the extra steps they take – on a daily basis – to engage with patients and ensure medication safety and adherence.

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October 15 is National Pharmacy Technician Day!
Sep 25 2019

October 15 is National Pharmacy Technician Day!

What would our pharmacies be like without the hardworking technicians who dedicate their professional lives to assisting patients and ensuring safe, accurate disbursement of prescription medications? Pharmacy technicians are regularly described as “indispensable,” “essential,” and “critical,” to today's pharmacy operations, and are taking on expanding roles in hospital, health-setting and retail pharmacies nationwide. "In many ways," Pharmacy Technician Certification Board CEO Everett B. McAllister, MPA, RPh told Pharmacy Times, “technicians are the backbone of the pharmacy operation, and they are instrumental to a successful pharmacy." It's fitting then, that we take a day – October 15 – to celebrate the nation's 420,000 pharmacy technicians, and thank them for their dedication and tireless hours of service.

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Let's take a Day to Celebrate Women in Pharmacy!
Aug 30 2019

Let's take a Day to Celebrate Women in Pharmacy!

A few years ago, a room was designated in the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) headquarters, located in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the significant contributions women have made to the pharmacy profession. Although it may seem that women have a commanding role in today's pharmacies – and indeed they do – it wasn't always this way. Which is why it's important to take a moment to celebrate the innovative women who broke down barriers and blazed the way for today's dedicated women pharmacists.

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World Pharmacists Day Shines Light on Medication Safety
Aug 15 2019

World Pharmacists Day Shines Light on Medication Safety

September 25 has been designated “World Pharmacists Day 2019” by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). And while the day will certainly allow for much-deserved reflection on the many important services provided by pharmacists, FIP organizers have announced that “safe and effective medicines for all” will be the key theme of the day.

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Technology Leads the Way as Specialty Pharmacies Adapt to Changing Workflow, Patient Requirements
Jul 15 2019

Technology Leads the Way as Specialty Pharmacies Adapt to Changing Workflow, Patient Requirements

Analysis by Express Scripts found patient/pharmacist consultations in a “traditional” pharmacy tend to last an average of about two minutes. But in a specialty pharmacy, clinical consultations average 15 to 18 minutes for patients with serious diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, hepatitis C and cancer.

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Time for a “Pharmacy ‘Take Back’ Day?”
Apr 29 2019

Time for a “Pharmacy ‘Take Back’ Day?”

Almost 460 tons of unused and expired prescription drugs were collected nationwide during the October 2018 “National Take Back Day,” an initiative by the Drug Enforcement Agency to encourage people to rid themselves of unwanted or outdated medications.

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The Best Defense Against an Intrusive Pharmacy Audit is . . . a Pharmacy Technology System
Apr 18 2019

The Best Defense Against an Intrusive Pharmacy Audit is . . . a Pharmacy Technology System

A popular blog written by an Iowa pharmacy owner recently detailed the author’s experiences with audits of his business. “Over my career as a pharmacy owner, we have faced over $1,000,000 worth of audited claims, and the PBMs have attempted to charge back over 10% of that amount,” the blogger wrote.

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PrimeRx™ Named 2019 Pharmacy Software Company of the Year
Apr 15 2019

PrimeRx™ Named 2019 Pharmacy Software Company of the Year

Micro Merchant Systems through its PrimeRx™ pharmacy management system has been named “2019 Software Company of the Year” by the American Pharmacy Purchasing Alliance (APPA).

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Pharmacists Find New Revenue – and Patient Goodwill – through Added Services
Mar 30 2019

Pharmacists Find New Revenue – and Patient Goodwill – through Added Services

Let’s start with the good news. Pharmacists continue to be among the most trusted professions, with 2018 Gallup findings reporting only nurses and medical doctors received higher marks for “honesty and ethical standards.” And 2017 research by CVS Health found almost two-thirds of patients think of their local pharmacist as part of their health care team.

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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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Pharmacists Deserve their Positions on Patient Care Teams
Mar 08 2019

Pharmacists Deserve their Positions on Patient Care Teams

With baseball season back in full swing, and fans across the nation focused on their favorite teams and players, a compelling question to consider might be : What if your team took the field, but decided to leave its first baseman, or shortstop on the bench? Chaotic, reckless and ridiculous are outcomes that likely come to mind.

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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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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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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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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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