Research finds that pharmacists in ACOs improve medication use (and save money).
Study finds that patients like wellness visits conducted by pharmacists.
By using automated medication inventory management, pharmacists are freed up to perform more patient focused care.
At the Generic Pharmaceutical Association meeting in Phoenix last month, Drug Topics' Managing Editor of Projects, Anthony Vecchione, spoke with Gary Buehler, R. Ph., Director, Office of Generic Drugs.
Like it or not, health-system pharmacies are under tremendous pressure to perform at a high level. Addressing patient safety concerns, improving outcomes, implementing state-of-the-art technology, and keeping drug costs down requires a juggling act that pharmacists must perform on a daily basis.
When Michelle Rutledge, Pharm.D., heard about the fatal shooting of a hospital pharmacist at Shands Jacksonville hospital in Florida last November, it really hit home. The victim, 37-year-old Shannon McCants, was a fellow graduate of the Florida A&M College of Pharmacy. McCants was shot by a customer who was waiting for a prescription to be filled in the outpatient pharmacy. Rutledge, an associate investigator at the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, said that e-mails from former student-colleagues began pouring in.
At the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December, technology vendors from the largest system integrators to mom-and-pop software startups hawked their products and services. Bedside bar-coding, medication management tools, and smart pumps were among the dominant product categories displayed.
With what may turn out to be a nationwide model, hospitals in San Diego have joined forces in an effort to reduce the number of adverse drug events (ADEs) associated with intravenous medication administration.
For too long now, many technicians have been trained in programs that just don't meet quality standards. Pharmacists know about this, but many people outside the profession don't. At its midyear meeting in Anaheim, Calif., Henri Manasse, executive VP and CEO of ASHP, made known his intention to expose this "dirty little secret" to state legislators and the public.
Pharmacists hope a new Congress will roll back reimbursement cutbacks that were originally slated