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Rheumatoid arthritis: Partnering for optimal careThe 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.
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?If 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 doWhether you like it or not, your patients are paying attention, and judging all of us.
Battling DIR FeesThe 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 offeringThe retail chain has linked itself with EnvisionRx.
The Evolution of Group Purchasing OrganizationsSomewhere 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?And 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 warningsMany 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 TaskManaging the costs of specialty pharmaceuticals is a perpetual task for specialty pharmacists.
Efficiency and security drive medication management system upgradeTrying 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 aheadA recent report projects an 11% to 13% increase in total drug expenditures in hospitals and health systems in 2016.
Anticoagulant therapies
The Power of a NameA 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.
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.
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