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November/December 2016

(Finally) Writing the Check for New Automation

Medi-Thrift Pharmacy is a small-town retail pharmacy that’s been in business in LaFayette, Ga., since 1979. In this interview, co-owners Neal Florence, R.Ph., and Heather Staton, Pharm.D., discuss why this was the year to finally make the investment in robotic dispensing in the form of a Kirby Lester KL60.
Marsha K. Millonig, B.Pharm., M.B.A. Catalyst Enterprises

Specialty Pharmacy Sparks Concerns

Finding and implementing solutions regarding specialty pharmacy is taking on increased importance, as these products account for a growing percentage of the annual healthcare spend. According to the Express Scripts 2016 Drug Trend Report, based on 2015 data: “Today 37.7% of drug spend is for specialty medications, with the number expected to increase to 50% by 2018 and continue to grow from there.”

Helping Pharmacists — Helping Patients

Adherence Trend Addressed with Medicine-On-Time Solutions. Medicine-On-Time has long recognized the importance of patient adherence. In this interview with ComputerTalk’s Maggie Lockwood, VP of Sales and Marketing John Hassell describes a company poised to give pharmacy the software tools in 2017 to continue to be on the forefront of adherence programs.
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The Changing Dynamics of Opioid Prescriptions

Pharmacists are increasingly facing new challenges with managing and dispensing controlled substance medications. Market and regulatory changes have been taking place with controlled substances, including the new opioid guidelines, electronic ordering of CIIs using the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Controlled Substance Ordering System (CSOS), and increased availability and utilization of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs).

Marketing: A Key Business Builder

As pharmacy evolves from its historical dispensing role to a more clinical one, it appears that one little-discussed obstacle stands in the way of progress. That little-discussed obstacle: marketing!
George Pennebaker, Pharm.D.


Yesterday was my 80th birthday. Several times I said, “Thank you for the first 80 years — they have been great. I am looking forward to the next 80. There is still much to do.” However, this is also a time to look back on what has gone on since 1936. What follows are a few of the things that have impressed me.
Bill Lockwood, Chairman/Publisher

EHRs and Interoperability

When the federal government decided to provide financial incentives to physicians and hospitals to install electronic health record (EHR) systems, this sounded like a way to jump-start the use of computer technology in order to improve patient care and make it a more efficient process. But the financial incentives were predicated on the use of these EHRs in a meaningful way, based on the federal government meaningful use requirements.

Do You Know What You Don’t Know?

We absolutely know you don’t have time to have your head in the clouds, envisioning a future scenario where technology allows you to morph your practice into another unanticipated level. We also fear that many of you are spending most of your waking moments in the weeds of survival in your practice, while changes are afoot that can dramatically impact your business.