Continuing Pharmacy Education
Rheumatoid arthritis: Partnering for optimal care
October 10, 2016The goal of this activity is to educate pharmacists and technicians in how best to assist patients in the use of medications used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
In this issue
Caught in the MiddleThe furor over EpiPen pricing is simply the best publicized of many similar price hikes that have left patients unable to pay.
Remember When: You first heard the pharmacy school question? October 10, 2016By Mark Lowery EditorIf you’re a pharmacist, you’ve undoubtedly heard the question, Are there too many pharmacy schools?
Helping Small Organizations Meet the 340B ChallengeMany smaller organizations rely on the 340B program to continue serving their communities – and they can’t afford penalties for noncompliance. Keys to Minimizing Prescription Drug ErrorsThere are at least three major areas of concern Appearance matters: A legible label is the least we can do October 10, 2016By David Stanley RPhWhether you like it or not, your patients are paying attention, and judging all of us.
Issues & Trends
Battling DIR Fees October 06, 2016By Christine BlankThe profitability of both chain and independent pharmacies is being affected by direct and indirect remuneration fees that insurers are retroactively charging pharmacies after filling Medicare Part D prescriptions. Walgreens expands 90-day pharmacy program offering October 10, 2016By Anthony VecchioneThe retail chain has linked itself with EnvisionRx. The Evolution of Group Purchasing Organizations October 10, 2016By Valerie DeBenedetteSomewhere in the United States, there may be a retail or specialty pharmacy that is not part of a group purchasing organization (GPO). If there is such a pharmacy, it is very hard to find. The Pharmacy Supply Chain: More Challenges? October 10, 2016By Valerie DeBenedetteAnd as with what seems like every area of healthcare, changes and challenges to the vital supply chain have been coming and will continue to come for the foreseeable future. Pharmacists support e-cigarette warnings October 10, 2016By Christine BlankMany pharmacists support FDA’s recent warning letters to drug stores, smoke shops, and other retailers over selling e-cigarettes, hookah tobacco, and cigars to minors. Impossible Task October 10, 2016By Christine BlankManaging the costs of specialty pharmaceuticals is a perpetual task for specialty pharmacists.
Efficiency and security drive medication management system upgrade October 10, 2016By Anthony VecchioneTrying to enhance medication management across a continuum of care in a multi-facility hospital IT environment is no easy task. Drug expenditure data help pharmacists plan ahead October 10, 2016By Anthony VecchioneA recent report projects an 11% to 13% increase in total drug expenditures in hospitals and health systems in 2016.
The Power of a Name October 10, 2016By Jill SederstromA new study suggests that the name of a biosimilar product could influence pharmacist confidence levels when dispensing a biosimilar in place of a reference biologic. Daclizumab approved for relapsing forms of multiple sclerosisDaclizumab is the first subcutaneous injectable monoclonal antibody to be approved for the treatment of MS.
Regulatory & Legal
An Obligation to SocietyIn the U.S., it is estimated that we, as society, spend, an average of $484 billion each year on abuse and addition. And the most addictive drugs are medications obtained from a pharmacy. New CMS Proposed Rule Expands Medicare Reimbursement For Telehealth ServicesThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has once again released its Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule for Calendar Year 2017.