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March 26, 2014

Message to federal health plan payers from community pharmacy: We have the systems in place and the professional expertise to help millions of patients to better their health outcomes at a lower cost. Message to pharmacy from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Prove it.

Message to federal health plan payers from community pharmacy: We have the systems in place and the professional expertise to help millions of patients to better their health outcomes at a lower cost. Message to pharmacy from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Prove it.

March 25, 2014

The American Pharmacists Association Foundation and software company IQware Solutions have teamed up to create core components of an IMPACT Healthcare Innovation Hub, a new data aggregation and reporting tool that will integrate clinical and economic data.

WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association Foundation and software company IQware Solutions have teamed up to create core components of an IMPACT Healthcare Innovation Hub, a new data aggregation and reporting tool that will integrate clinical and economic data.

March 25, 2014

A Bronson FastCare retail healthcare site is slated to open inside a Meijer store in Portage, Mich., on April 1, offering the first-of-its-kind service in the area.

PORTAGE, Mich. — A Bronson FastCare retail healthcare site is slated to open inside a Meijer store in Portage, Mich., on April 1, offering the first-of-its-kind service in the area.

The new Bronson FastCare clinic will offer medical care for minor ailments such as sore throats, fevers, flu and colds, ear and sinus infections, pink eye, skin rashes and allergies. Lab services will also be available for pregnancy tests, monospots, rapid strep and urinalysis.

March 24, 2014

AmerisourceBergen on Monday announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire a minority stake in Profarma Distribuidora de Produtos Farmacêuticos S.A., a leading pharmaceutical wholesaler in Brazil.

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — AmerisourceBergen on Monday announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire a minority stake in Profarma Distribuidora de Produtos Farmacêuticos S.A., a leading pharmaceutical wholesaler in Brazil. In addition, AmerisourceBergen and Profarma will establish a joint venture for specialty distribution and services. 

March 24, 2014

As the March 31 enrollment deadline draws near, CVS/pharmacy and Ralphs grocery chain have inked deals with the Covered California exchange to promote the healthcare law inside their retail outlets, the Los Angeles Times has reported.

LOS ANGELES — As the March 31 enrollment deadline draws near, CVS/pharmacy and Ralphs grocery chain have inked deals with the Covered California exchange to promote the healthcare law inside their retail outlets, the Los Angeles Times has reported.

March 21, 2014

Advanced Care Scripts, a division of Omnicare Specialty Care Group, on Friday announced that it has been awarded specialty pharmacy accreditation from URAC, a Washington, D.C.-based healthcare accrediting organization.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Advanced Care Scripts, a division of Omnicare Specialty Care Group, on Friday announced that it has been awarded specialty pharmacy accreditation from URAC, a Washington, D.C.-based healthcare accrediting organization. URAC offers one of the only third-party, voluntary accreditation programs of this scope for the pharmacy benefit management and prescription services industries.  

March 20, 2014

Two-thirds of Americans are satisfied with the way the healthcare system is working for them today, according to a Gallup poll released earlier this week.

PRINCETON, N.J. — Two-thirds of Americans are satisfied with the way the healthcare system is working for them today, according to a Gallup poll released earlier this week. While health insurance status was a major determinant of this satisfaction, even one-third of those who didn't have health insurance still reported they were satisfied.

March 18, 2014

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday announced the members of the CHPA Educational Foundation Board during the association’s Annual Executive Conference held here.

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday announced the members of the CHPA Educational Foundation Board during the association’s Annual Executive Conference held here.

March 18, 2014

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association this year will be focusing on restoring OTC eligibility under flexible spending accounts and helping to finalize OTC monographs, Scott Melville, CHPA president and CEO, told attendees of the 2014 CHPA Annual Executive Conference Tuesday morning.

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association this year will be focusing on restoring OTC eligibility under flexible spending accounts and helping to finalize OTC monographs, Scott Melville, CHPA president and CEO, told attendees of the 2014 CHPA Annual Executive Conference Tuesday morning. 

March 18, 2014

Even as millions of Americans gain access to insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, there are an estimated 62 million people who remain without access to a primary heath care physician, according to a report by the National Association of Community Health Centers.

BETHESDA, Md. — Even as millions of Americans gain access to insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, there are an estimated 62 million people who remain without access to a primary heath care physician, according to a report by the National Association of Community Health Centers.

Why? A shortage of such physicians.
 

March 18, 2014

The highest prevalence of influenza happens among those professions that are exposed to the general public, such as real estate and rental and leasing (10.5% in this profession were at risk of flu according to a recent study published Friday in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) and accommodation and food services (10.2%).

ATLANTA — The highest prevalence of influenza happens among those professions that are exposed to the general public, such as real estate and rental and leasing (10.5% in this profession were at risk of flu, according to a recent study published Friday in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) and accommodation and food services (10.2%). As many as 11% of workers in the food preparation and serving related sectors were at risk of flu and 8.3% of those employed in community and social services. 

March 17, 2014

Sales of the U.S. OTC market in 2013 were up 3% to $23.5 billion at the manufacturer's level, according to a blog on research firm Kline's site posted Monday.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Sales of the U.S. OTC market in 2013 were up 3% to $23.5 billion at the manufacturer's level, according to a blog on research firm Kline's site posted Monday. 

March 14, 2014

In a statement, HDMA president and CEO John Gray said the national association representing primary healthcare distributors applauds U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's weekly address concerning the nation's prescription drug abuse epidemic.

ARLINGTON, Va. — In a statement, HDMA president and CEO John Gray said the national association representing primary healthcare distributors applauds U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s weekly address concerning the nation’s prescription drug abuse epidemic.

March 14, 2014

Demonstrating pharmacists’ increasingly important role in the delivery of healthcare services, more than 400 community pharmacists, pharmacy executives, pharmacy students and other pharmacy advocates from 40 states participated in the 6th Annual NACDS RxImpact Day on Capitol Hill this week.

WASHINGTON — Demonstrating pharmacists’ increasingly important role in the delivery of healthcare services, more than 400 community pharmacists, pharmacy executives, pharmacy students and other pharmacy advocates from 40 states participated in the 6th Annual NACDS RxImpact Day on Capitol Hill this week. 

Meetings were conducted with more than 80% of the entire U.S. Congress including 136 of 139 Members of Congress who serve on Congressional committees with jurisdiction on healthcare issues. 

March 14, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission is holding a public workshop in March to examine U.S. healthcare competition issues as healthcare spending swallows up a significant part of federal and state budgets. Among the topics up for discussion, according to reports, are retail clinics and telemedicine.

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission is holding a public workshop in March to examine U.S. healthcare competition issues as healthcare spending swallows up a significant part of federal and state budgets. Among the topics up for discussion, according to reports, are retail clinics and telemedicine.

According to reports, the two-day workshop will be held March 20 and 21 in Washington, D.C. and will be webcast on the FTC’s site.

March 14, 2014

Wellness empowerment. Even before Rite Aid’s big announcement last week, officially unveiling its newest program, the Rite Aid Health Alliance, those two words more or less reflected every major initiative happening at the company over the last few years: the Wellness stores; its Wellness+, Rite Aid’s health-based loyalty program; the Wellness Ambassadors in its stores… It’s always been about engaging patients in wellness, and empowering them to take steps to improve their health and well being. The Rite Aid Health Alliance takes that commitment down to the “atomic level of patient engagement,” Rite Aid chairman and CEO said last week, at a live event at one of its Buffalo stores.

Through the program, Rite Aid pharmacists together with a new patient care position in Rite Aid stores, the Care Coach, work directly with patients with chronic conditions and poly-chronic conditions to help them meet specific health improvement goals, as outlined by the patient’s physician. Care coaches, who are specially trained in behavior change to help patients address health issues related to lifestyle, work with patients to take their physicians’ recommendations and “break them down into sizeable, understandable milestones,” Jocelyn Konrad, VP healthcare initiatives for Rite Aid, told DSN. Rite Aid’s Health Alliance stores can “become an extension of the physician’s office,” she said. “It’s going to be a different experience for the patient. Whatever [they] need to understand and be motivated, we will work to provide it.”

Wellness empowerment. Even before Rite Aid’s big announcement last week, officially unveiling its newest program, Rite Aid Health Alliance, those two words more or less reflected every major initiative happening at the company over the last few years: the Wellness stores; wellness+, Rite Aid’s health-based loyalty program; the Wellness Ambassadors in its stores… It’s always been about engaging patients in wellness, and empowering them to take steps to improve their health and well being.

March 13, 2014

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners, a national professional membership organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties, is calling on state lawmakers to consider the consequences of undue restrictions on APRNs, or nurse practitioners, as recommended by the Federal Trade Commission.

AUSTIN, Texas — The American Association of Nurse Practitioners, a national professional membership organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties, is calling on state lawmakers to consider the consequences of undue restrictions on APRNs, or nurse practitioners, as recommended by the Federal Trade Commission.

March 13, 2014

More Americans are more often seeking their ounce of prevention. According to Bain & Co.’s recent Healthy Living Survey, 75% of consumers are in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle. Take that predominant mindset, coupled with the outcomes-driven preventive focus associated with the Affordable Care Act, and you have a formula for OTC success at retail pharmacy.

More Americans are more often seeking their ounce of prevention. According to Bain & Co.’s recent Healthy Living Survey, 75% of consumers are in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle. Take that predominant mindset, coupled with the outcomes-driven preventive focus associated with the Affordable Care Act, and you have a formula for OTC success at retail pharmacy.

To get a better sense of how OTC brands are helping to improve patient outcomes and drive down healthcare costs, DSN invited some leading OTC executives to share their opinions on the value of OTCs.

March 12, 2014

Citing pharmacist-administered medication therapy management, recognition of pharmacists as healthcare providers, the need for fair and accurate pharmacy reimbursement in state Medicaid programs and other pharmacy services, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores has sent a statement to lawmakers urging them to consider pharmacy provisions within the “Fiscal 2015 Budget,” released by the administration last week.

ARLINGTON, Va. – Citing pharmacist-administered medication therapy management, recognition of pharmacists as healthcare providers, the need for fair and accurate pharmacy reimbursement in state Medicaid programs and other pharmacy services, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores has sent a statement to lawmakers urging them to consider pharmacy provisions within the “Fiscal 2015 Budget,” released by the administration last week.

March 12, 2014

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and the National Minority Quality Forum announced on Wednesday a first-of-its-kind national campaign to help increase diversity in clinical trials.

WASHINGTON — The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and the National Minority Quality Forum announced on Wednesday a first-of-its-kind national campaign to help increase diversity in clinical trials.

March 12, 2014

Three-in-four pharmaceutical companies are looking to derive greater value from the influx of healthcare information that includes anonymized electronic medical records and other real-world data, according to a report issued by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics on Wednesday. New investments in a range of commercial operations applications — such as customer relationship management, social media or integrated multi-channel marketing solutions — were cited by more than 70% of respondents as a priority.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Three-in-four pharmaceutical companies are looking to derive greater value from the influx of healthcare information that includes anonymized electronic medical records and other real-world data, according to a report issued by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics on Wednesday. New investments in a range of commercial operations applications — such as customer relationship management, social media or integrated multi-channel marketing solutions — were cited by more than 70% of respondents as a priority.

March 12, 2014

New research presented at the World Congress Summit to Improve Adherence and Enhance Patient Engagement by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, finds that the MedVantx MedStart Connect generic medication sampling program implemented in the primary care physicians' office, led to significantly increased patient initiation of new prescriptions as well as continued use of the medications, and could possibly lead to savings for health plans.

SAN DIEGO — New research presented at the World Congress Summit to Improve Adherence and Enhance Patient Engagement by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, finds that the MedVantx MedStart Connect generic medication sampling program implemented in the primary care physicians' office, led to significantly increased patient initiation of new prescriptions (primary adherence) as well as continued use of the medications (secondary adherence), and could possibly lead to savings for health plans.

March 12, 2014

Walmart has joined almost two-dozen organizations from across the healthcare supply chain in a letter calling on the Food and Drug Administration to consider the public health impact of its Proposed Rule on pharmaceutical labeling.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Walmart has joined almost two-dozen organizations from across the healthcare supply chain in a letter calling on the Food and Drug Administration to consider the public health impact of its Proposed Rule on pharmaceutical labeling.

March 11, 2014

The Healthcare Distribution Management Association, the national association representing primary healthcare distributors, has honored Elizabeth Gallenagh, SVP government affairs and general counsel, with the Distribution Management Award for Industry Leadership.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Healthcare Distribution Management Association, the national association representing primary healthcare distributors, has honored Elizabeth Gallenagh, SVP government affairs and general counsel, with the Distribution Management Award for Industry Leadership.

March 11, 2014

A survey by the National Pain Foundation of more than 300 people who live with chronic pain is shedding light on how chronic pain sufferers are treated by their healthcare providers.

GOLDEN, Colo. — A survey by the National Pain Foundation of more than 300 people who live with chronic pain is shedding light on how chronic pain sufferers are treated by their healthcare providers.  

The findings revealed that pain patients are uncomfortable when visiting their pharmacy. Fifty-two percent said they "are concerned that they will be treated like a drug addict by their pharmacist," with 29% expressing concern that they would "be embarrassed by their pharmacist."