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September/October 2016

Bill Lockwood, Chairman/Publisher

The Network

Thoughts on the pharmacy provider network's importance in care and the risks to access created by current PBM tactics.

The Cost of Not Getting It Right

In this interview, Dave Johnson, vice president at Kirby Lester and a 15-year veteran of the community pharmacy industry, talks about one thing that he still doesn’t understand. Why would a pharmacy ever be okay with losing money, when easy, affordable technology could prevent it?

Cloud App or Web App?

The cloud gets a lot of press these days, and while you may feel like you have a good grasp of just what it is, there are some fine points that are worth considering. For example, is the service you’re looking at a cloud app or a Web app? In this interview, Brian Cole, director of development and data services for Net-Rx, An MHA Solution, explains how to distinguish between the two.

Roadmap to Innovation: New Services in the Cloud

VUCA Health CEO David Medvedeff talks about what it takes to develop a cloud-based service for pharmacy and about gaining traction for a new way of doing things, both with pharmacists and state pharmacy boards.

Plugging into the Cloud: Is This the Future of Pharmacy Technology?

The cloud is where major players tech players are making their bets these days, with the goal of moving from delivering hardware and software to customers to providing these resources as flexible, even on-demand, services. This model isn’t new in the pharmacy world, but it may be time to take another look at the ways cloud-hosted services can benefit your operations.

What’s in a Domain? Fighting Fraudulent Online Pharmacy

Carmen Catizone, executive director of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and the secretary of the association’s executive committee, talks about NABP’s new top-level domain .pharmacy, the board’s next step in fighting fraudulent online pharmacies.
Mike Fapore, R.Ph., owns a busy Medicine Shoppe in Somerset, Pa.

A Worthwhile Investment: A New Way with Workflow

Mike Fapore, R.Ph., owns a busy Medicine Shoppe in Somerset, Pa. During the summer of 2013 Fapore realized that the number of prescriptions he and his staff were filling was making it hard for him to spend time with patients. So he decided the time had come to make some major changes.

Central Fill Process and Logistics | Medical Center Pharmacy

More from Medical Center Pharmacy's George Awad, R.Ph., director of pharmacy, on how the pharmacy has built its central-fill process flows and logistics.

Central Fill Process and Logistics | Thrifty White

More from Thrifty White's Tanya Schmidt, Pharm.D., central sites operation manager, on how the pharmacy has built its central-fill process flows and logistics.