Monthly Archives: January 2016

Adam Fein, Ph.D. publishes a blog called Drug Channels. Last week he published an excellent summary of how the 2016 Prescription Drug Plan landscape is evolving in the new plan year. Skip over to Medicare Part D 2016: 75% of Seniors in a Preferred Pharmacy Network (PLUS: Which Plans Won and Lost) to read more....
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The paradigm change occurring in the practice of pharmacy has been a regular topic of this blog. But the Thriving Pharmacist is not the only one talking about the importance of pharmacists participating in a new care centered model. Randy Dotinga, with Drug Topics echoes many of the same themes in his recent article :......
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Previously, we have written that access to lives is important to any pharmacy, and the narrow, preferred networks that have become vogue in Medicare Part D are an example of an outside influence that can impact this access. The theory, of course, is that being in a narrow network will drive patients to a participating pharmacy, thereby......
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It may not be at the top of the list of things people consider when they think about what a pharmacist does all day, but one important, and over-looked aspect of the profession is a form of law enforcement. Specifically, pharmacists are constantly on the look-out for drug seekers and forged controlled substance prescriptions. Criminals are becoming more......
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When a pharmacy loses money on a drug because the PBM’s MAC price is below the pharmacy’s best available product acquisition cost, it is generally described as “underwater.” Often today, generic drugs see abrupt and unexpected price increases. These increases are sometimes unbelievable, with a product’s acquisition cost potentially increasing by hundreds of percent overnight. When this......
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