Content about Compliance

August 29, 2012

Although fully one-third of patients use multiple pharmacies to fill their prescriptions, 9-of-10 say they actually do have a preferred pharmacy, according to an exclusive survey of nearly 800 patients, conducted by AccentHealth and DSN in late July and early August.

Although fully one-third of patients use multiple pharmacies to fill their prescriptions, 9-of-10 say they actually do have a preferred pharmacy, according to an exclusive survey of nearly 800 patients, conducted by AccentHealth and DSN in late July and early August. Unsurprisingly, just 2% of Patient Views respondents named a mail-order provider as their preferred pharmacy.

August 28, 2012

A little more than one-third of patients use multiple pharmacies to fill their prescriptions, according to an exclusive survey of 745 patients, conducted by AccentHealth and DSN in late July and early August. Why? The obvious reasons are convenience/location (63%) and price (46%), but there are many other factors.

A little more than one-third of patients use multiple pharmacies to fill their prescriptions, according to an exclusive survey of 745 patients, conducted by AccentHealth and DSN in late July and early August. Why? The obvious reasons are convenience/location (63%) and price (46%), but there are many other factors.

August 27, 2012

One-third of pharmacy customers say they use multiple pharmacies to fill their prescription needs — and that sets up multiple opportunities to foul up patient adherence and negatively impact patient outcomes.

One-third of pharmacy customers say they use multiple pharmacies to fill their prescription needs — and that sets up multiple opportunities to foul up patient adherence and negatively impact patient outcomes. The findings are the first to come out of a new content partnership between The Drug Store News Group and AccentHealth, which will create a new Upfront department called Patient Views that will appear in every issue of DSN and the daily electronic newsletter, DSN A.M.

August 24, 2012

Navarro Discount Pharmacy, which operates 31 locations in south Florida, has opened a fulfillment center facility for prescription medications under the name Navarro Health Services.

MEDLEY, Fla. — Navarro Discount Pharmacy, which operates 31 locations in south Florida, has opened a fulfillment center facility for prescription medications under the name Navarro Health Services.

August 23, 2012

Thrifty White Pharmacy has announced the introduction of the Rx Timer Cap, which it is giving away for free to each pharmacy patient who enrolls in the Ready Refill or Medication Synchronization programs.

PLYMOUTH, Minn. — Thrifty White Pharmacy — which operates more than 80 locations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Montana and Wisconsin — has announced the introduction of the Rx Timer Cap, which it is giving away for free to each pharmacy patient who enrolls in the Ready Refill or Medication Synchronization programs. Additional Rx Timer Caps may be purchased at any Thrifty White location.

August 20, 2012

A network of more than 200 specialty pharmacies has joined a provider of direct-to-patient medication adherence programs.

BURLINGTON, Mass. — A network of more than 200 specialty pharmacies has joined a provider of direct-to-patient medication adherence programs.

Adheris, a subsidiary of inVentiv Health, announced that the Community Specialty Pharmacy Network had joined its network. The CSPN includes about 220 member pharmacies serving more than 100,000 patients in 49 states. Adheris' network includes more than 21,000 pharmacies.

August 2, 2012

Big Doctor is watching you — to make sure you're taking your drugs as prescribed, that is.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Big Doctor is watching you — to make sure you're taking your drugs as prescribed, that is.

It's not dystopian, but it sure sounds like the stuff of science fiction: The Food and Drug Administration approved Monday a tiny, ingestible sensor that can be integrated into drugs to monitor patients' prescription drug adherence.

July 30, 2012

Why is the news that CVS Caremark Charitable Trust has teamed up with the National Association of Community Health Centers important? $300 billion a year and an alarming rise in the number of Americans suffering from chronic diseases. That’s why.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — Why is the news that CVS Caremark Charitable Trust has teamed up with the National Association of Community Health Centers important? $300 billion a year and an alarming rise in the number of Americans suffering from chronic diseases. That’s why.

(THE NEWS: CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, NACHC form 'Innovations in Community Health' program. For the full story, click here)

July 25, 2012

A subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson has launched a mobile medication adherence application that it said can be used for any prescription or over-the-counter medication or supplement.

SAN DIEGO — A subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson has launched a mobile medication adherence application that it said can be used for any prescription or over-the-counter medication or supplement.

Janssen Healthcare Innovation, a unit of Janssen Research & Development announced Wednesday the launch of Care4Today Mobile Adherence, a secure messaging platform available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry devices, among others.

July 23, 2012

Healthcare providers in today’s environment are committed to promoting patient safety while providing access to the most reliable and innovative treatments. Medication reconciliation, which is defined by The Joint Commission as “the process of comparing a patient’s medication orders to all of the medications that the patient has been taking,” is designed to prevent drug-related errors — including adverse interactions, overdoses or allergic reactions — and can assist healthcare providers, especially during care transitions when patients are most likely to receive new medications or alternative doses.

Healthcare providers in today’s environment are committed to promoting patient safety while providing access to the most reliable and innovative treatments.

July 21, 2012

Yes, there's been a lot research and news touting the importance of medication adherence — and there's a $300 billion reason for that — but this most recent CVS Caremark-sponsored research is one of the first studies that quantifies the impact of medication adherence on worker absenteeism.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — Yes, there's been a lot research and news touting the importance of medication adherence — and there's a $300 billion reason for that — but this most recent CVS Caremark-sponsored research is one of the first studies that quantifies the impact of medication adherence on worker absenteeism.

July 17, 2012

Thrifty White Pharmacy is carrying a new prescription drug packaging system that it said would improve adherence.

PLYMOUTH, Minn. — Thrifty White Pharmacy is carrying a new prescription drug packaging system that it said would improve adherence.

With the HealthyPackRx, medications are organized into individual packages labeled with the medication, date and time to be taken, with the intention of preventing patients from taking their drugs incorrectly.

July 16, 2012

Employees with such chronic diseases as asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure spend fewer days out of the office when they are adherent to their medications, according to new research conducted by CVS Caremark and Truven Health Analytics (previously the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters).

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Employees with such chronic diseases as asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure spend fewer days out of the office when they are adherent to their medications, according to new research conducted by CVS Caremark and Truven Health Analytics (previously the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters).

July 16, 2012

Changes in healthcare consumption, advances in technology and support from pharmacists are among seven new trends that could affect programs designed to improve medication adherence, according to a new study by McKesson.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Changes in healthcare consumption, advances in technology and support from pharmacists are among seven new trends that could affect programs designed to improve medication adherence, according to a new study by McKesson.

The company said the trends confirmed what it called the need for comprehensive adherence solutions that include technology and personalized interactions to help physicians, pharmacists and manufacturers address issues that keep patients from taking their medications as prescribed.

June 26, 2012

Winning the patient adherence battle is about aligning all stakeholders, from the patient to the pharmacist, to payers, employers, physicians and pharma, in a collaborative, patient-centered model that not only educates patients, but also actively engages them in managing their health and treatment regimens. To find out more about how McKesson is helping community pharmacists deliver better patient care through one-on-one interventions and coaching — and get paid for it — DSN spoke Tuesday to Peggy Yelinek, VP and general manager of McKesson Patient Relationship Solutions.

Winning the patient adherence battle is about aligning all stakeholders, from the patient to the pharmacist, to payers, employers, physicians and pharma, in a collaborative, patient-centered model that not only educates patients, but also actively engages them in managing their health and treatment regimens.

June 21, 2012

It’s been cited as one of the biggest health crises facing the United States and, if solved, the equivalent dollar value of a blockbuster drug. According to the latest statistics from pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts, poor medication adherence costs the country $317 billion per year, an upgrade from the $290 billion calculated in a study released in 2009 by the New England Healthcare Institute.


It’s been cited as one of the biggest health crises facing the United States and, if solved, the equivalent dollar value of a blockbuster drug. According to the latest statistics from pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts, poor medication adherence costs the country $317 billion per year, an upgrade from the $290 billion calculated in a study released in 2009 by the New England Healthcare Institute.


June 21, 2012

Medication adherence rates are higher among patients who receive text message prescription reminders than among those who don’t, according to a new study.

Medication adherence rates are higher among patients who receive text message prescription reminders than among those who don’t, according to a new study. The study — conducted by OptumRx, part of UnitedHealth Group, and published in the May issue of the journal Clinical Therapeutics — found that patients taking chronic oral medications showed higher medication adherence if they took part in a text message prescription reminder program offered through OptumRx’s pharmacy benefit management organization.

June 21, 2012

Rite Aid maintained its same-store sales momentum, posting gains across front-end and pharmacy comparable sales for the sixth consecutive quarter: Overall same-store sales were up 2.5%, reflecting a 2.7% increase across the front-end and a 2.4% uptick across pharmacy, for the first quarter ended June 2.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid maintained its same-store sales momentum, posting gains across front-end and pharmacy comparable sales for the sixth consecutive quarter: Overall same-store sales were up 2.5%, reflecting a 2.7% increase across the front-end and a 2.4% uptick across pharmacy, for the first quarter ended June 2. Comparable prescriptions filled were up 3%, much of that from prescriptions coming out of the Walgreens-Express Scripts dispute (patients that Rite Aid plans on keeping), but that isn't the only reason Rite Aid's pharmacy business is on the rise.

June 18, 2012

HealthNet on Monday released its PillManager mobile application across both Apple and Android platforms. The app allows consumers to track their own medication schedules and interact directly with their doctor or pharmacist for repeat prescriptions.

REDDITCH, England — HealthNet on Monday released its PillManager mobile application across both Apple and Android platforms. The app allows consumers to track their own medication schedules and interact directly with their doctor or pharmacist for repeat prescriptions.

June 18, 2012

The National Community Pharmacists Association currently is accepting nominations for awards that will be presented at the group's annual convention and trade expo this fall.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association currently is accepting nominations for awards that will be presented at the group's annual convention and trade expo this fall.

June 15, 2012

PrescribeWellness recently partnered with the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York on a new member benefit: free bin management software.

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — PrescribeWellness recently partnered with the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York on a new member benefit: free bin management software.

June 14, 2012

In healthcare technology circles, e-prescribing is among today’s hottest topics. A vital component of patient-centered care, it creates a connectivity platform that encourages collaboration between the physician and pharmacist who are in joint pursuit of an enhanced patient experience.

In healthcare technology circles, e-prescribing is among today’s hottest topics. A vital component of patient-centered care, it creates a connectivity platform that encourages collaboration between the physician and pharmacist who are in joint pursuit of an enhanced patient experience.

June 14, 2012

Kadmon Pharmaceuticals earlier this month announced that it has launched a new 600 mg/day dose pack of Ribasphere RibaPak (ribavirin, USP), Kadmon's proprietary ribavirin regimen available in a daily, two-pill compliance package for enhanced therapy adherence.

NEW YORK — Kadmon Pharmaceuticals earlier this month announced that it has launched a new 600 mg/day dose pack of Ribasphere RibaPak (ribavirin, USP), Kadmon's proprietary ribavirin regimen available in a daily, two-pill compliance package for enhanced therapy adherence.

The new dose pack is designed to provide added dosing control to improve the management of hemolytic anemia in certain patients prescribed the triple therapy of a protease inhibitor, pegylated alpha interferon and ribavirin for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus infection.

June 14, 2012

A new Walgreens study released Thursday found that a pharmacist-led training and counseling program for patients receiving an injectable diabetes medication improved medication adherence by 24%.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — A new Walgreens study released Thursday found that a pharmacist-led training and counseling program for patients receiving an injectable diabetes medication improved medication adherence by 24%.

May 30, 2012

A Walgreens study released Wednesday has found that patients starting high cholesterol medication for the first time who participated in enhanced face-to-face counseling sessions with a community pharmacist demonstrated better medication adherence than those who did not participate in the sessions.

DEERFIELD Ill. — A Walgreens study released Wednesday has found that patients starting high cholesterol medication for the first time who participated in enhanced face-to-face counseling sessions with a community pharmacist demonstrated better medication adherence than those who did not participate in the sessions.