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Prescription Drug Shortages are Affecting Community Pharmacists and their Patients, Too

By John Coster, RPh, PhD

President Obama’s event this week highlighted and escalated what have been bipartisan efforts to combat the proliferation of prescription drug shortages. Such efforts are welcome because, while to date these shortages primarily affect hospital pharmacies, they have also negatively impacted community pharmacists and their patients. Continue reading ‘Prescription Drug Shortages are Affecting Community Pharmacists and their Patients, Too’

Collaborative Advances Pharmacists’ Role as Health Information Technology Moves Forward

Pharmacy has long been a health information technology (HIT) leader by exchanging patient information electronically to achieve point-of-care, third-party billing, but this technology’s potential benefits for patients and the practice of pharmacy are far from being realized. A recently formed pharmacy collaborative is making important strides toward that vision.

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Pharmacists as Diabetes Educators: Meeting Patient Needs, Growing their Business, Reducing Health Care Costs

By Bill Popomaronis, RPh

With attendee evaluations like “I think this was the best program I have attended in 40+ years as a pharmacist” and “Very practical, useful information” warming my brain, it was a lot easier to board the plane from 75 degree San Diego to 9 degree Baltimore, in returning home from NCPA’s latest Diabetes Accreditation Standards-Practical Applications (DASPA) program.

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Commoditizing Pharmacy, Commoditizing Adherence

By Devin Stone

Ever since the groundbreaking work of Dr. J Lyle Bootman in 1997 there has been a wide array of literature documenting the impact of inappropriate prescription drug use on overall health care costs.  One standard consensus in the literature is that prescription drugs are a valuable form of treatment that helps improve patient health.  Failure to use these medications appropriately may cause the patient’s health to deteriorate, leading to the need for more costly forms of treatment such as hospitalizations or a visit to the emergency room.
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Valacyclovir Update and Next Steps

By Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA

The shortage of Ranbaxy’s valacyclovir (generic Valtrex) continues and more people are looking for information about it, judging by Internet search engine traffic to The Dose. So, here’s an update on the situation to hopefully give some answers to those affected by the shortage. Continue reading ‘Valacyclovir Update and Next Steps’

Wait a Minute, Mr. Postman

By Kevin Schweers

The bleak financial outlook for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has prompted its leadership to pursue major reforms that could impact practically every segment of pharmacy one way or another. Continue reading ‘Wait a Minute, Mr. Postman’

More Pharmacies Launching Drug Disposal Programs as Earth Day Nears

By Kevin Schweers

Patients are increasingly demanding safe, environmentally friendly ways to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs, while local pharmacies are always looking to do some good and reach new potential customers. That dynamic is leading more local pharmacies to choose to offer patients convenient drug disposal options. Continue reading ‘More Pharmacies Launching Drug Disposal Programs as Earth Day Nears’


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