Content about Patient safety

September 30, 2013

The National Criminal Justice Association has recognized a program to combat prescription drug abuse in Arizona as the best such program in the west of the country.

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — The National Criminal Justice Association has recognized a program to combat prescription drug abuse in Arizona as the best such program in the west of the country.

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy said the Arizona Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Initiative received the NCJA's 2013 Western Region Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award. The program involves state agencies and organizations, including the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy.

September 19, 2013

The American Hospital Association earlier this week announced its exclusive endorsement of Walgreens WellTransitions, recognizing the program for medication adherence.

CHICAGO — The American Hospital Association earlier this week announced its exclusive endorsement of Walgreens WellTransitions, recognizing the program for medication adherence. The coordinated care program aimed at improving medication adherence has demonstrated reductions in hospital readmission rates by helping patients better understand prescription therapies during and after discharge. 

September 18, 2013

The Healthcare Distribution Management Association on Wednesday recognized three members of Congress — Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.; Rep. Bob Latta, R-Ohio; and Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah — with the association’s Rx Safety and Healthcare Leadership Award.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Healthcare Distribution Management Association on Wednesday recognized three members of Congress — Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.; Rep. Bob Latta, R-Ohio; and Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah — with the association’s Rx Safety and Healthcare Leadership Award. 

The award honors public officials for their leadership and commitment to policies that promote the safe and efficient delivery of lifesaving medicines to patients nationwide.

September 12, 2013

With physicians already in short supply and millions of uninsured Americans set to enter the healthcare system in 2014 as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act takes effect, nurses and physician assistants are stepping up to fill the gap and are increasingly taking a central role in helping patients stay on therapy, according to Manhattan Research's "Taking the Pulse Nurses 2013" study.

NEW YORK — With physicians already in short supply and millions of uninsured Americans set to enter the healthcare system in 2014 as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act takes effect, nurses and physician assistants are stepping up to fill the gap and are increasingly taking a central role in helping patients stay on therapy, according to Manhattan Research's "Taking the Pulse Nurses 2013" study.

September 12, 2013

The University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center recently partnered with Walgreens to offer a free bedside delivery program for patients to receive prescriptions before being discharged.

GLEN BURNIE, Md. — The University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center recently partnered with Walgreens to offer a free bedside delivery program for patients to receive prescriptions before being discharged.  

If a patient would like to take advantage of beside delivery, the bedside nurse and/or any member of the care team sends a referral to a pharmacy technician who will go to the bedside and discuss the option with the patient. They will then start the process of delivering their prescription order when they are ready for discharge. 

September 10, 2013

The country's embryonic biosimilars industry scored a victory last month as the organization that runs the pension fund for California state employees announced its opposition to a state Senate bill provision that would impose special requirements on pharmacists who dispense follow-on biologics.

The country's embryonic biosimilars industry scored a victory last month as the organization that runs the pension fund for California state employees announced its opposition to a state Senate bill provision that would impose special requirements on pharmacists who dispense follow-on biologics.

September 6, 2013

Expanding pharmacists' role in Canada could reduce the burden of chronic illness on patients and save the country's healthcare system between C$1.4 billion and C$1.9 billion (US$1.34 billion-$1.83 billion) over the next three years, according to a new report released by Arthritis Consumer Experts, the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada and Shoppers Drug Mart.

Canada's single-payer healthcare system is vastly different from that of the United States, not to mention differences between the two countries in terms of laws and regulations that govern pharmacy, but the lessons from the study apply equally to both.

Expanding pharmacists' role in Canada could reduce the burden of chronic illness on patients and save the country's healthcare system between C$1.4 billion and C$1.9 billion (US$1.34 billion to $1.83 billion) over the next three years, according to a new report released by Arthritis Consumer Experts, the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada and Shoppers Drug Mart.

September 5, 2013

Two recent developments demonstrate the complexity of the prescription drug abuse issue. Perhaps ironically, August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day, while the month of September is National Pain Awareness Month.

Two recent developments demonstrate the complexity of the prescription drug abuse issue. Perhaps ironically, August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day, while the month of September is National Pain Awareness Month.

Timed with the recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy announced the release of an Opioid Overdose Toolkit. This resource is designed to help raise awareness of overdose prevention, treatment and recovery for first responders, prescribers and patients.

August 28, 2013

Walgreens and Orlando Health, a comprehensive not-for-profit healthcare organization based in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday announced a clinical collaboration that will provide coordinated and expanded healthcare services, while improving patient access to high-quality, convenient and affordable care throughout Central Florida.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and Orlando Health, a comprehensive not-for-profit healthcare organization based in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday announced a clinical collaboration that will provide coordinated and expanded healthcare services, while improving patient access to high-quality, convenient and affordable care throughout Central Florida. 

August 15, 2013

Boehringer Ingelheim, a research-based, global pharmaceutical company, today announced a multi-year agreement with Brigham and Women's Hospital on a long-term study program to assess comparative effectiveness and safety, as well as prescribing patterns, of oral anticoagulants, including Pradaxa, for the reduction of stroke risk in U.S. patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — Boehringer Ingelheim, a research-based, global pharmaceutical company, today announced a multi-year agreement with Brigham and Women's Hospital on a long-term study program to assess comparative effectiveness and safety, as well as prescribing patterns, of oral anticoagulants, including Pradaxa, for the reduction of stroke risk in U.S. patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.

August 12, 2013

Among the renewed services, Chain Drug Consortium participating pharmacies will be able to utilize the Emdeon Clinical Exchange eRx Network, which is designed to enhance interoperable information exchange and help improve patient safety and clinical outcomes.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Emdeon Inc., a provider of healthcare revenue and payment cycle management and clinical information exchange solutions, today announced it has been selected to continue providing multiple pharmacy solutions to the Chain Drug Consortium, a collaborative that represents more than 1,000 retail pharmacies nationwide. Among the renewed services, CDC participating pharmacies will be able to utilize the Emdeon Clinical Exchange eRx Network, which is designed to enhance interoperable information exchange and help improve patient safety and clinical outcomes.

August 9, 2013

The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy will include a presentation of research posters at its inaugural Strategic Business Exchange in the fall, the group said.

SEATTLE – The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy will include a presentation of research posters at its inaugural Strategic Business Exchange in the fall, the group said Friday.

August 8, 2013

Boiled down to its essence, the key question for Diplomat, said VP clinical services Gary Rice, is "how do we maximize the patient's experience?"

Ask any of the roughly 900 people who work for Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy what the company is best known for, and you might get a variety of answers: creating a patient-centric, information-driven business model that merges effective clinical care and patient outcomes with lower costs for patients and payers; giving retail pharmacies the resources to compete in the specialty pharmacy arena; or boosting average patient adherence rates to 90% and above through effective management of patients, drug utilization data and out-of-pocket costs.

August 8, 2013

Any specialty pharmacy provider that wants to succeed in today's healthcare arena has to align its capabilities with patients, prescribing physicians, hospitals and pharmaceutical manufacturers. But success also depends on delivering cost savings and high-touch patient care services to managed care and health plan payers that depend on it.

Any specialty pharmacy provider that wants to succeed in today's healthcare arena has to align its capabilities with patients, prescribing physicians, hospitals and pharmaceutical manufacturers. But success also depends on delivering cost savings and high-touch patient care services to managed care and health plan payers that depend on it.

August 6, 2013

A new report from UnitedHealthcare released Monday discusses engagement strategies and incentives used by its employees that contributed to improved workforce health and $107 million in healthcare cost-savings in the first 36 months, illustrating how employers can play a valuable role in spurring employees to take action to improve their health.

WASHINGTON — A new report from UnitedHealthcare released Monday discusses engagement strategies and incentives used by its employees that contributed to improved workforce health and $107 million in healthcare cost-savings in the first 36 months, illustrating how employers can play a valuable role in spurring employees to take action to improve their health.

August 1, 2013

A new app allows patients to communicate through audio and video with their pharmacies using a smartphone, tablet or computer.

RICHMOND HILL, Ontario — A new app allows patients to communicate through audio and video with their pharmacies using a smartphone, tablet or computer.

Face to FaceRx announced the launch of its Prescriptions Mobile App, which also allows patients to send the prescriptions directly to a call center where it will be input directly into the pharmacy's system for immediate dispensing.

August 1, 2013

Emdeon has given pharmacy automation products maker QS/1 certification for electronic prescriptions of controlled substances, or EPCS, QS/1 said Thursday.

 SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Emdeon has given pharmacy automation products maker QS/1 certification for electronic prescriptions of controlled substances, or EPCS, QS/1 said Thursday.

July 29, 2013

The Community Pharmacy Foundation and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation announced on Monday that they will work together to evaluate the impact on patient outcomes of the integration of community pharmacy-provided medication management strategies into a statewide, patient-centered medical home network in North Dakota. More than 70% of physicians participate in the state’s medical home program.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Community Pharmacy Foundation and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation announced on Monday that they will work together to evaluate the impact on patient outcomes of the integration of community pharmacy-provided medication management strategies into a statewide, patient-centered medical home network in North Dakota. More than 70% of physicians participate in the state’s medical home program.

July 29, 2013

The same organization that reached the often-cited figure of nearly $300 billion wasted each year due to poor medication adherence has developed a six-point agenda for improving it.

BOSTON — The same organization that reached the often-cited figure of nearly $300 billion wasted each year due to poor medication adherence has developed a six-point agenda for improving it.

July 22, 2013

As many as 62% of Springfield, Mo., residents oppose a proposed law that would require all consumers to obtain a doctor's prescription before buying cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine, according to a recent poll conducted on behalf of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association Magellan Strategies.

WASHINGTON — As many as 62% of Springfield, Mo., residents oppose a proposed law that would require all consumers to obtain a doctor's prescription before buying cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine, according to a recent poll conducted on behalf of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association Magellan Strategies that was released Monday. 

July 12, 2013

For those suffering from heart or lung disease, cancer, systemic infections or other all-too-common conditions, the science of medicine has made extraordinary advances over the past few decades.

For those suffering from heart or lung disease, cancer, systemic infections or other all-too-common conditions, the science of medicine has made extraordinary advances over the past few decades. But millions of patients afflicted with an uncommon and little-understood disorder often are consigned to the far margins of medical care, in many cases, for years.

July 10, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association praised Hawaii elected officials for enacting two new laws that, respectively, will give the state’s residents greater choice of where to fill their prescriptions and additional medical privacy protections.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association on Tuesday praised Hawaii elected officials for enacting two new laws that, respectively, will give the state’s residents greater choice of where to fill their prescriptions and additional medical privacy protections. NCPA fully supported HB 62 and HB 65, both of which passed the Hawaii House and Senate unanimously and were signed into law by Gov. Neil Abercrombie on June 27.

July 10, 2013

Many patients are not complying with their prescription drug therapies due to adverse side effects, even though some OTC drugs can treat them, according to a new study commissioned by a maker of products for dry mouth, one of the most common medication side effects.

PITTSBURGH — Many patients are not complying with their prescription drug therapies due to adverse side effects, even though some OTC drugs can treat them, according to a new study commissioned by a maker of products for dry mouth, one of the most common medication side effects.

June 20, 2013

CVS Caremark has announced that its Pharmacy Advisor program is featured in the national report issued by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics report released this week.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has announced that its Pharmacy Advisor program is featured in the national report issued by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics report released this week.

As reported by Drug Store News, The IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics found that better adherence, more careful prescribing of antibiotics and increased generic use could reduce the country's total annual health expenditures by 8%.

June 19, 2013

More responsible use of drugs could save the U.S. healthcare system more than $200 billion per year, according to a new study by the research arm of IMS Health.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — More responsible use of drugs could save the U.S. healthcare system more than $200 billion per year, according to a new study by the research arm of IMS Health.