Archive for November, 2012

Patients’ Concerns with Mail Order Diabetes Test Supplies, Waste Documented in New Report

By Kevin Schweers

A new report released earlier this month examining Medicare diabetes testing supplies (DTS) appears to reinforce three things about mail order health care: 1) it’s not for everyone 2) it results in wasteful “auto-shipping” of medical products and 3) it’s more expensive than advertised. Continue reading ‘Patients’ Concerns with Mail Order Diabetes Test Supplies, Waste Documented in New Report’

In Push for Savings, Don’t Overlook Mail Order Pharmacy Wastage

NCPA is urging Congress to examine wasteful spending on potentially unnecessary medication refills, such as through mail order, as lawmakers hold a House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing Wed., Nov. 28th entitled, “Examining Options to Combat Health Care Waste, Fraud and Abuse.” Continue reading ‘In Push for Savings, Don’t Overlook Mail Order Pharmacy Wastage’

Pharmacists Stepping Up in Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath

Hurricane Sandy is a devastating reminder of how natural disasters strike fiercely, often without warning, and can leave destruction and shattered lives. In the aftermath of these tragedies we rightly credit emergency personnel for their immediate response. Consistently, independent community pharmacists are playing a key role as well. Continue reading ‘Pharmacists Stepping Up in Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath’

The Status Quo 2012 Election: A Pharmacist’s Take

By John Coster, RPh., Ph.D.

Yesterday’s election has not resulted in significant political change because voters have essentially endorsed the status quo in a time of widespread unhappiness about the economy and other matters. As a result, the country will continue to have a divided government with a Democrat White House, a Democrat majority in the Senate, a Republican majority in the House of Representatives and a Republican majority of Governorships. Continue reading ‘The Status Quo 2012 Election: A Pharmacist’s Take’

Q&A – Strategies for Pharmacy Owners to Reduce Internal Loss of Controlled Substances

Theft and abuse of prescription medications is a growing problem, and pharmacies are on the front line. Fortunately, there are some highly-effective strategies pharmacy owners can employ to reduce the loss of controlled substances due to internal theft. Continue reading ‘Q&A – Strategies for Pharmacy Owners to Reduce Internal Loss of Controlled Substances’


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