Continuing Pharmacy Education
Interventions to improve quality of life for patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritisThe goal of this activity is to educate pharmacists and pharmacy technicians about pharmacist interventions in improving the quality of life for patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Readers will also gain knowledge about available options for treatment, adverse
effects, risks, and benefits.
In this issue
Generics Supplement 2016
Why pharmacists are concerned about the safety of biosimilars August 10, 2016By Christine BlankPharmacists and other healthcare professionals are looking to the FDA for more guidance on biosimilars and interchangeability with their reference products. Inside the U.S., European markets for biosimilars August 10, 2016By Christine BlankDespite barriers to their adoption in the U.S. and Europe, biosimilars have produced healthcare savings in Europe. Similar savings are projected for the U.S. market. Biosimilars for cancer treatment on the U.S. horizon August 10, 2016By Randy DotingaCancer treatments are expected to dominate much of the first wave of biosimilars in the U.S. This Q&A discussion looks at some of the questions pharmacists have about use of biosimilars in cancer treatment. Easing the bite from generic drug price increasesGeneric drug price hikes are not likely to disappear anytime soon. Find out why they're occurring and what can be done about them. Adding biosimilars to formularies: The pharmacist's role August 10, 2016By Randy DotingaPharmacists on P&T committees are going to face issues that range from biosimilar naming systems to challenges in dispensing and costs. Biosimilar: Coming to a pharmacy near youBiosimilars are the future of pharmacy. When they hit community pharmacy, issues that have been important in specialty settings are going to explode.
Remember When: Rhode Island authorizes importation of Canadian drugs August 10, 2016By Mark Lowery EditorIn 2004, Rhode Island became the first state to authorize its pharmacy board to license Canadian pharmacies to ship medications to its residents.
The red pen rules: How to prevent pharmacy errorAnxious new pharmacists get a shot in the arm from columnist Pete Kreckel, RPh. Drug take-back: A call for a permanent solutionA coordinated effort needs to be made to preserve the health and safety of life on earth. Every pharmacist has them — and so does every teacher August 10, 2016By David Stanley RPhWhat do pharmacists and teachers — and an awful lot of other people — have in common?
Issues & Trends
Compounding services can help your pharmacy stand out August 10, 2016By Howard LarkinDennis Song, RPh, describes the steps to take when starting a compounding services business. Regs, robbery responses among top “pharmacy gamechangers” for 2016 August 10, 2016By Howard LarkinThe issues of most concern to pharmacists, outlined at McKesson’s ideaShare 2016. Patient care comes first for McKesson’s 2016 Pharmacy of the Year winners August 10, 2016By Howard LarkinMcKesson recognized some outstanding community pharmacies at this year's IdeaShare. Road trip! Visits with America’s thriving indie pharmacies
August 08, 2016How do independent pharmacies survive? The best way to find out is to ask them.
Physician-pharmacist partnerships key to higher profits, future progress August 10, 2016By Howard LarkinOnce physicians see what you can do for them, they won't want to let you go. Coming regs expand pharmacist role in LTC August 10, 2016By Howard Larkin“Basically, everything we know will be gutted over the next three years.” Patient care at med sync improves outcomes, revenue August 10, 2016By Howard LarkinAnd Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurers are increasingly willing to pay. Solution for adherence helps pharmacies stand out August 10, 2016By Jill SederstromPharmacies can play a critical role in improving patient adherence by the use of enhanced packaging and tracking of patient medications.
FDA approves brivaracetam for use in partial onset seizure treatmentBrivaracetam provides another adjunctive treatment option for partial onset seizures in patients with uncontrolled epilepsy.
Health information technology in the community pharmacyLocal HIE, regional EHR, interoperability all over the place -- get your pharmacy ready. They're practically here.
Regulatory & Legal
An overview of FDA’s 503B outsourcing facility requirementsFDA has stated that it intends to continue inspections of compounding pharmacies, and it has taken aggressive action, including enforcement actions, as appropriate to protect the public health. A lesson in prospective drug review: What is your job?What is the pharmacist’s duty? This case history may shed some light.
Product Updates for Pharmacists
Helping patients treat minor injuries, bruises, and skin irritations August 10, 2016By Mark Lowery EditorThe summer months can be a time of increased activity for many people, as warmer temperatures usher in numerous outdoor events that can be more strenuous and bring us closer to nature.