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As flu spreads, Tamiflu at issue

As flu spreads, Tamiflu at issue

Without a doubt, pharmacies of all stripes are being challenged in this busy flu season, as the number of cases nationwide continues to escalate. Just go to any drug store, and you’ll likely see a queue at the pharmacy counter and a steady flow of concerned-looking people entering and exiting the cold/cough medicine aisles. This

Patients want pharmacies to go ‘beyond the fill’

Patients want pharmacies to go ‘beyond the fill’

IRVINE, Calif. — Middle age and older Americans see their local pharmacy as a destination for preventive care and other health services, beyond filling prescriptions and managing medications, according to the Shortcut To Health survey by PrescribeWellness. The online survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults over age 40, conducted by Propeller Insights for PrescribeWellness,

Patients, not PBMs, should choose pharmacy

Patients, not PBMs, should choose pharmacy

WASHINGTON — In recent testimony before the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) chief executive officer B. Douglas Hoey said pharmacists can drive better health outcomes and reduce costs, but first pharmacy benefit managers’ problematic business practices must be addressed through legislative and regulatory channels. As an

Pharmacists care about patient Rx costs

Pharmacists care about patient Rx costs

It can’t be said that community pharmacists don’t try to save their patients money. A survey earlier this month by digital pharmacy SaaS platform provider RxWiki found that 83% of community pharmacies actively search for drug manufacturer co-pay coupons to help their patients spend less on their medications. That includes by searching on Google, using

Cardinal Health offers advice on Star ratings

DUBLIN, Ohio — Pharmacists can learn how to increase their business and position themselves at the forefront of preferred network access through a 31-stop town hall tour that Cardinal Heath is conducting throughout the United States. The “Reach for the Stars” town halls identify how pharmacists can contribute to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

NCPA to Congress: More scrutiny of PBMs needed

NCPA to Congress: More scrutiny of PBMs needed

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In comments to Congress, the National Community Pharmacists Association called for more oversight of pharmacy benefit management (PBM) companies. NCPA said payers, pharmacy patients and pharmacists could see “tangible benefits” from increased transparency into PBM business practices and potential conflicts of interests. The association submitted its comments to the House Committee on

Kirby Lester powers award-winning pharmacies

Kirby Lester powers award-winning pharmacies

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The majority of award-winning community pharmacies use Kirby Lester prescription dispensing technology, according to an analysis by the pharmacy automation provider. Kirby Lester said Wednesday that of the U.S. community pharmacies that received a major national pharmacy award since 2013, 15 out of 26 use on Kirby Lester prescription dispensing technology.

Study: Kirby Lester technology prevents potential Rx errors

Study: Kirby Lester technology prevents potential Rx errors

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Community pharmacies that used scan-verification and counting technology prevented an average of 2.7 potential prescription errors per week, according to a national study by Kirby Lester. The pharmacy automation technology provider said Tuesday that 75% of pharmacies in the study reported a significant rise in their staff’s awareness of the potential

Hamacher’s Wendland to present at ideaShare

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Dave Wendland, vice president and member of the owners group at Hamacher Resource Group Inc., is slated to present a continuing education session, “Seven Deadly Sins of Community Pharmacy,” this week at the McKesson ideaShare 2015 conference in San Diego. The presentation, to be held June 25 from 1:30-3:00 p.m., will focus on