George Pennebaker, Pharm.D.

I’m Retiring … Again

This column and some of my previous ones are going to appear in that book. It’s going to be filled with stories that my wife is tired of hearing but I never tire of telling. One of my idols is Andy Rooney. He was a bit of a curmudgeon who looked at common things from a different and always interesting perspective. I hope that what I write will have some of that character.
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Watchful Waiting for Health Information Exchanges

Gathering Information for retail pharmacists to be active users, HIEs need to be open to retail pharmacist involvement but pharmacists also share in the responsibility.
Bill Lockwood, Chairman/Publisher

Prescription Drug Abuse

Pharmacies are at the forefront in addressing the abuse issue. The early PMPs wanted to know what was being dispensed by pharmacies. Fortunately, the pharmacy management system could be programmed to automatically send the file of controlled substances for the required reporting frequency.

Challenges in Quality Measure Reporting

How do you define “quality” in your practice? Might it be measured by the average wait time your customers experience, by the percentage of patients offered additional clinical services, by the hundreds or thousands of prescriptions accurately filled between misfills, by the percentage of patients receiving medication doses outside of recommended doses, or by some other measures ...

Harnessing the Power of Pharmacy Data

Pharmacy stands in the middle of a stream of data. It can be a steady stream or a torrent, but clinical, billing, wholesaler, and retail transaction data, and more, is constantly flowing into and out of a variety of technology systems. Channeled, stored, and used correctly, all this data can be a powerful way to improve operational and clinical performance.
Marsha K. Millonig, B.Pharm., M.B.A. Catalyst Enterprises

BIO 2013 Reflects on the Top Advances

This decade's top advances in bio-tech, as outlined by Karin Lucas of Biotech Primer.

2013 QS/1 
Customer Conference

QS/1’s annual Customer Conference, held in Asheville, N.C., once again featured three days of speakers, updates on system enhancements, and plenty of time in the technology expo, as well as a tour of the Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate.

Industry News May/June 2013

The latest pharmacy and technology news from QS/1, ScripPro, Cerner Etreby, Kirby Lester, Shopko, mscripts, PDX, CoverMyMeds, NABP, PrescribeWellness, OutcomesMTM, Surescripts, PQA, CECity, Cerner, McKesson, Allscripts, athenahealth, Innovation, Rexam, and Integra.

News about Sonny Anderson, VP of development and systems, QS/1; Jay Anderson, joining voiceTech as CFO; Denys Ashby, director of retail chain sales at Supplylogix; and John Hobson, director of business development at American Pharmacy Alliance.

APhA 2013 Annual Meeting & Exposition

The general session keynote speakers, Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, and Michael Leavitt, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human services and former governor of Utah, set the context and offered a perspective on where trends in healthcare are headed.