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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,

Community pharmacy shows its resiliency

Community pharmacy shows its resiliency

Community pharmacy owners occupy a critical position in the pharmacy marketplace and, even more importantly, as health care providers in communities across the country. Most stakeholders in the profession understand the vital marketplace check and balance that independent businesses provide. If only two or three megachain drug stores existed, negotiations with payers would look very

Immunizations: Shot in the arm for retail pharmacy

Immunizations: Shot in the arm for retail pharmacy

Retail pharmacies need to maximize the full value of a key revenue stream: immunizations. While most pharmacy chains offer flu shots, the continued development of vaccines along with their expanded indications will be an important driver of revenue, customer loyalty and health outcomes. It will also improve the persona of pharmacy as an important provider

NCPA set for Congressional Pharmacy Fly-In

NCPA set for Congressional Pharmacy Fly-In

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Starting tomorrow, hundreds of community pharmacists will be gathering in Washington, D.C., for the National Community Pharmacists Association 2017 NCPA Congressional Pharmacy Fly-In. NCPA said that on April 26 and 27 pharmacists will meet with members of Congress to advocate for a legislative agenda aimed at improving patient access to prescription drugs

QS/1 participates in integrated clinical services pilot

QS/1 participates in integrated clinical services pilot

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Pharmacy technology provider QS/1 is taking part in a pilot to enhance community pharmacists’ ability to provide integrated clinical services to patients. Called the Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network (CPESN), the project aims to develop a system to enable health care providers and pharmacies to devise care plans for patients that can

Gallup poll: Pharmacists among top trusted professions

Gallup poll: Pharmacists among top trusted professions

WASHINGTON — Americans continue to hold pharmacists in high regard, according to Gallup’s Honesty and Integrity survey. Of more than 1,000 U.S. adults that Gallup polled by phone, 67% rated pharmacists “very high/high” in honesty and ethics — second only to nurses, which again came out on top with 84% of respondents describing the nursing

NCPA sets up Innovation Center for community pharmacy

NCPA sets up Innovation Center for community pharmacy

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association has created a new Innovation Center to provide resources to help independent pharmacies adapt to the fast-changing health care environment. NCPA said Tuesday that the Innovation Center will develop and offer programs to educate community pharmacists about emerging opportunities in the evolving health care market, as well

NCPA, HHS team up to drive enrollment

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The National Community Pharmacists Association is working with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help spur enrollment in health insurance plans. In a welcome video aired Monday at the 2015 NCPA Annual Convention and Trade Exposition, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell unveiled a partnership with NCPA in which community

NCPA: Balanced approach needed to thwart Part D fraud

NCPA: Balanced approach needed to thwart Part D fraud

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association has called on Congress, Medicare and industry stakeholders to strike a balance in stamping out fraud in Medicare Part D while preserving patient access to critical medications. In comments submitted on Tuesday in conjunction with a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing, titled “Medicare Part D: Measures

NCPA unveils agenda for annual convention

NCPA unveils agenda for annual convention

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association has announced the preliminary program for its 2015 Annual Convention, scheduled for Oct. 10 to 14 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., near Washington, D.C. NCPA said Thursday that this year’s annual convention will feature more than 30 hours of live

B.C. pharmacies take part in genomics project

B.C. pharmacies take part in genomics project

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Twenty-two pharmacies in rural and urban locations across British Columbia are participating in a research project to examine how DNA impacts medication selection and dosage. The British Columbia Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) said Thursday that the “Genomics for Precision Drug Therapy in the Community Pharmacy” project is the first of its kind

Community pharmacists name their priorities

Community pharmacists name their priorities

The National Community Pharmacists Association recently asked members to identify what most concerns them as 2015 gets under way. The survey results weren’t surprising, with the top issues focused on pharmacy reimbursement and preferred pharmacy networks. NCPA said the leading five priorities were maximum allowable cost (MAC) legislation to address the delay in generic drug