Contributing Editor Fred Gebhart works all over the world as a freelance writer and editor, but his home base is in San Francisco.
DSCSA is Coming. Are you Ready?
The Drug Supply Chain Security Act has been a decade in the making. Pharmacists must be prepared to comply by November 2023.
A Biosimilar Wave Looms Large Over US Biologics Market
As more adalimumab biosimilars are poised to enter the market, manufacturers, payers, and patient advocates are preparing to navigate potentially turbulent waters.
The JAK Inhibitor Pipeline Builds in Dermatology
Eight JAK inhibitors are approved by the FDA to treat autoimmune,
inflammatory, and allergic conditions.
APhA: Annual Pediatric, Adult Immunization Update
There’s more to vaccines than just COVID-19.
Black Market Boom: Protecting Pharmacy Data from Cybercrime
Personal health information is among the most valuable black-market data for cybercriminals to collect and sell.
Update on Childhood Rheumatic Disorders
Emerging evidence is changing health care providers’ approach to treating pediatric rheumatic diseases.
AmerisourceBergen and Good Neighbor Pharmacy Work to Keep Independent Pharmacy Healthy, Profitable
How the right partner can help protect the independence of community pharmacy.
How to Get Paid for Pharmacy Services
Pharmacists are finding ways to get reimbursed for clinical services. See what you can do to get paid.
Is Telepharmacy Taking Pharmacy Jobs?
Arizona joins a growing list of states to adopt telepharmacy legislation. Here’s how it could affect pharmacists.
Top 7 Challenges (and Opportunities) for Pharmacy in 2018
What’s the difference between a challenge and an opportunity? In 2018, for pharmacy, they may be the same thing.
2012 Independent Innovators
Great ideas are everywhere. Successful community pharmacists can spot them and tailor them to meet local needs. Here are four stories of how good ideas gave rise to even better ones.
Pharmacy certification to expand
The Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board has developed a Certified Specialty Pharmacist credential, which it hopes to launch in early 2013.
Better cleaning of patient rooms can reduce hospital-acquired infections
It might seem like common sense, but observing stringent hygiene protocols in hospital rooms can cut down on HAIs.
OIG suggests independent pharmacies more prone to fraud, abuse
A recent report indicates that independent pharmacies are more prone to fraud and abuse than are chain stores.
PBMs strike back at copay discounts
Earlier this year, CVS Caremark began blocking about 30 drugs whose manufacturers were offering copay coupons. Express Scripts is taking similar steps.
Beers Criteria Update
The Beers Criteria have undergone a new update. What do you need to know to care for geriatric patients properly?
Put pharmacists on primary care team, says Perdue CMO
Medication counseling and disease management are two important areas calling for pharmacist involvement, according to Roger Merrill, MD, chief medical officer for Perdue Inc., speaking to students at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy during the annual Francis Balassone Memorial Lecture.
RPh second victim in Ohio drug error
A webinar examining the pharmacy error that led to the death of a two-year-old girl and the conviction of an Ohio pharmacist criticized the legal system for criminalizing the event as well as the flawed hospital procedures that prevented discovery of the pharmacy tech's fatal error.
Independent pharmacies hammered by FSA 90-percent rule
Many independent and small chain pharmacies nationwide are seeing flexible spending account transactions declined, pushing patients out of independent pharmacies and into chains.
PharmaSafe: Dispensing protection for pharmacies
Pharmacies are the new convenience stores when it comes to pharmacy robbery. Hawaii pharmacist and inventor Patrick Adams has responded to the increase in pharmacy crimes with PharmaSafe, a dispensing cabinet built into a timer safe.
Plavix-Prilosec interaction warning
FDA has announced that concomitant use of omeprazole (Prilosec, AstraZeneca, and Prilosec OTC, Procter & Gamble) and clopidogrel (Plavix, Sanofi Aventis/Bristol-Myers Squibb) can reduce the anti-clotting effectiveness of clopidogrel.
Transplant induction agent leads in clinical trial
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center has announced results of a clinical trial comparing alemtuzumab and antithymocyte globulin, agents used in induction before renal and pancreatic transplants.
CMS launches anti-fraud program
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the Inspector General of the federal Department of Health and Human Services are going after perpetrators of medical identity theft as part of a broader effort to reform healthcare.
Health system pharm tech roles expand
Hospitals and health systems have taken the lead in expanding the role of pharmacy technicians. "The better educated techs are, the more they can support pharmacists," says Mary Mohr, RPh, MS, of Clarian Health.
Joint Commission targets safety failures
The Joint Commission is targeting patient safety failures with a new program that will directly affect pharmacy operations.
Hospital drug costs keep going up
Hospital drug costs will increase by up to 3 percent this year, but spending on anti-infective agents is nearly triple the overall increase. Hospitals with high infection rates should prepare for higher drug budgets.
Women-only pharmacy opens in Vancouver
Controversy has arisen over the implications of extreme-niche pharmacy in Vancouver, B.C., where a store catering only to women opened in July.
First-ever opioid conversion text released
Want to see fear on the face of a pharmacist? Ask for a quick dosage conversion for a 75-year-old woman with breast cancer who has become too weak to swallow MS Contin tablets and needs an oral liquid morphine. Keep reading to learn more about making conversions easier.
Jewell-Osco signs hospice group
In Illinois, the Jewel-Osco grocery-pharmacy chain has taken on pharmacy consulting and dispensing services for Passages Hospice.
Pharmacy coalition formed to push healthcare reforms
Twelve pharmacy groups have formed a coalition to promote common pharmacy principles for health care reform.
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