Last year turned out to be a respectable year for the industry, despite the early hold on spending because of start-up problems with Part D. But the market regained its composure around midyear and managed to finish on a positive note. Now that Part D is pushing more prescriptions through community pharmacies, the industry sees an acceleration in technology that can improve productivity and cashflow. We take a look at where the action will be in '07.
Speciality Pharmacy: Right for You?
by Dan Steiber
Specialty drugs are going to change the practice of pharmacy, and
pharmacy0owners cannot afford to ignore them. Dan Steiber, an industry
consultant, gives us a look at how these drugs will impact the
distribution channel, and the challenges community pharmacies will face
in being players.
Outsourcing for Serious Data Security
by Will Lockwood
Disaster recovery is not being treated lightly these days. Hurricane
Katrina was indeed a wakeup call on the importance of having a true
disaster recovery plan in place. John McKinnon and Craig Cocke, owners
of two pharmacies in Savannah, Ga., explain the steps they have taken
in outsourcing disaster recovery and the benefits they are realizing.
POS and PMS Integration: What You Need to Know
by Greg Phillips
With the emphasis on workflow systems to better manage high-
volume dispensing activities, point-of-sale systems are taking on
greater importance. These systems, in addition to providing better
financial and inventory control, can close the workflow loop. But to
get the most out of a POS system in this new role, it should be
integrated with the pharmacy management system. The author explains the
different levels of integration and the benefits of each.
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