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Issue 06-03-2019

Pharmacists’ Life-Changing Role in Diabetes

Pharmacy accounts for the vast majority of chain drug store sales, and diabetes care is among the larger contributors to pharmacy volume. But the category is not without challenges. Most recently, insulin price inflation has raised a barrier to the purchase of — and adherence to — this life-saving prescription. The issue led Democratic and

The fight over DIR reform goes on

The fight over DIR reform goes on

The community pharmacy profession was blindsided by the Trump administration last month when the Department of Health and Human Services issued the final rule that will govern the Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage programs in 2020. In a radical departure from the proposed rule released earlier in the year, the eventual regulation offered no

Hy-Vee reopens acquired Weber & Judd stores

Hy-Vee reopens acquired Weber & Judd stores

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee Inc. in April reopened the 10 pharmacies it acquired in February from Weber & Judd, marking the end of that company’s 157-year history of dispensing drugs to customers in and around Rochester, Minn. Nine of the locations were rechristened Hy-Vee HealthMarket Rx; the 10th is now called Hy-Vee Pharmacy.

Pharmacy closures put heart patients at risk

Pharmacy closures put heart patients at risk

CHICAGO — Research from the University of Illinois at Chicago shows that when pharmacies close, people stop taking widely used heart medications — like statins, beta-blockers and oral anticoagulants — that have known cardiovascular and survival benefits. The researchers, led by UIC’s Dima Qato, reported that declines in adherence — including the complete discontinuation of

The prevalence of “Do It Yourself” health care

The prevalence of “Do It Yourself” health care

At the same time mindsets have shifted toward taking care of one’s personal health and wellness, the natural space has expanded and a variety of purported “better for you” and “free from” products have emerged in food, health, beauty, wellness and other lifestyle categories. As this trend toward self-care becomes a focus of more consumers,

Bartell’s pilots delivery of Rxs

Bartell’s pilots delivery of Rxs

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs has begun delivering prescription medicines to three Seattle neighborhoods via a partnership with Nimble Pharmacy Inc., one of a growing number of companies offering delivery capabilities to independent brick-and-mortar pharmacies. “We want our customers to have the choice of delivery or in-store pick-up,” notes Billy Chow, vice president of pharmacy at

Groups decry drug price rule

Groups decry drug price rule

WASHINGTON — Pharmacy organizations have decried the government’s refusal to reform direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees in its new drug pricing rule. “We are disappointed and frustrated that this final rule fails to finalize pharmacy DIR reform as proposed, to the detriment of seniors and community pharmacies,” said a statement from the National Association

Creating a buzz in the supply chain

Creating a buzz in the supply chain

CHICAGO — Technology is playing a big role in the supply chain and how important data is collected and shared. One of the top companies in this area is SupplyHive. Some of the largest and most sophisticated procurement and supply chain organizations in the world have modernized their supplier performance process with ­SupplyHive. Mike Anguiano,