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Rx will be changed dramatically, well into next year

Rx will be changed dramatically, well into next year

Pharmacies will experience significant shifts in the way they operate during the remainder of the calendar year — and well into 2021. From the ongoing transition to value-based care to the explosion of COVID-19, pharmacy executives will monitor the industry trends and changes and respond accordingly to optimize patient care. High-quality care provision — enabled

Will the pandemic provide the push for positive change?

Will the pandemic provide the push for positive change?

As I write this column, I’m working at home, social distancing from others not in my immediate family, yet keeping close to my coworkers and community through a blend of online video and other communications. As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, I wonder when we will return to “normal” — or even

Thriving in the new reality: Prescriptions for drug chains

Thriving in the new reality: Prescriptions for drug chains

In the large conference room at our headquarters in Westport, Conn., there is an erasable whiteboard that gets an awful lot of use capturing ideas for companies across a spectrum of industries. While those ideas get written, used and erased frequently, there is always a quote at the top of the board that tends to

Community pharmacy alerts patients about growing risk to local health care

Community pharmacy alerts patients about growing risk to local health care

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — As pharmacy benefit managers continue to prioritize profits ahead of patients, the National Community Pharmacists Association has launched Fight4Rx to alert patients to the growing risk that their neighborhood pharmacy may close, not because of COVID-19 but because of excessive profiteering. “PBMs are the middlemen responsible for managing prescription drug benefits for the majority

Drug stores must be ready to offer more in COVID-19 crisis

Drug stores must be ready to offer more in COVID-19 crisis

U.S. brick-and-mortar retail is in crisis. This sentiment has been expressed to varying degrees in recent years as store closures and bankruptcies have piled up, but the current threat is much more immediate and pressing: The coronavirus outbreak has closed much of U.S. brick-and-mortar retail, and almost half the country has been told to stay

How COVID-19 will change consumer behavior long-term

How COVID-19 will change consumer behavior long-term

The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has affected our personal lives, businesses, schools, health care systems, government and shopping behaviors. As retailers and manufacturers on the front line, we face real, daily challenges. How do we get more hand sanitizer into the stores? Should we pivot our manufacturing to produce toilet paper and cleaning products? How do

Advances in technology help cut down Rx errors

Advances in technology help cut down Rx errors

By Dwight deVera All pharmacy professionals believe one prescription error is one too many. Increasingly, the practice of pharmacy is focused away from the primary functions of filling prescriptions and counseling patients. The reality is that ancillary, but still consequential, activities are consuming valuable time and resources during a retail pharmacist’s day. These activities include

What it will take to contain COVID-19

What it will take to contain COVID-19

As the nation’s health care system has come under intense scrutiny during the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors, nurses and hospital systems, especially those dealing directly with coronavirus patients, have earned accolades for their heroic efforts to save lives and restore health. Two other components of the health care system — one routinely undervalued, the other often

Retailers respond to COVID-19: London Drugs

Retailers respond to COVID-19: London Drugs

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of articles on how retailers are responding to the COVID-19 crisis. London Drugs of Richmond, British Columbia, has been responding significantly to the COVID-19 crisis. In Canada, food and pharmacy retail is deemed an essential service, and the government requires the stores to stay open. That creates

Retailers respond to COVID-19: Shoppers Drug Mart

Retailers respond to COVID-19: Shoppers Drug Mart

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of articles on how retailers are responding to the COVID-19 crisis. As COVID-19 continues to affect the lives of Canadians, our stores have been deemed an essential service and have been asked to remain open during these very uncertain times. While there have obviously been a lot