Archive for March, 2013

Pharmacies Can Help Alleviate Drug Shortages, but Reimbursement Must Keep Up with Costs

By Kevin Schweers

With prescription drug shortages and pharmacy compounding hot topics, NCPA recently weighed in with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials on both fronts, in hopes of preserving patient access to essential medications from their independent community pharmacist. Continue reading ‘Pharmacies Can Help Alleviate Drug Shortages, but Reimbursement Must Keep Up with Costs’

Independent Community Pharmacies to the Rescue – Part 2

By John Norton

In “Independent Community Pharmacies to the Rescue – Part 1″ we shared the story of Dave Miller as one more example of why public surveys routinely report high levels of respect for traditional corner drug stores. Being patient-friendly is one of the cores of the business. The average independent community pharmacy derives more than 90 percent of its revenue from prescription drug sales, so they depend on patients returning to their stores, mostly through a personal touch and by offering niche services. However, the bond between pharmacists and patient often grows even stronger during trying times. Continue reading ‘Independent Community Pharmacies to the Rescue – Part 2′

Independent Community Pharmacies to the Rescue – Part 1

By John Norton

Each year’s release of the Gallup survey on professional honesty and integrity, J.D. Power and Associates U.S. Pharmacy Study on patient satisfaction and Boehringer Ingelheim’s comprehensive data validate the popularity of independent community pharmacies’ patient-friendly business model. However, even these convincing numbers and analyses cannot fully reflect the personal stories that help illustrate what distinguishes these community pharmacies.

Continue reading ‘Independent Community Pharmacies to the Rescue – Part 1′

Pharmacists Ask Medicare for Action on Pharmacy Audits, Preferred Pharmacy Plan Problems

By Kevin Schweers

If Medicare officials needed further evidence as to why they should address egregious pharmacy audits, preferred pharmacy plan problems and mail order auto-shipping waste, they have received it, judging by the comments independent community pharmacists are submitting. Continue reading ‘Pharmacists Ask Medicare for Action on Pharmacy Audits, Preferred Pharmacy Plan Problems’


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