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September/October 2016

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.

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.

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.

Little Data: Important to Your Future Practice?

The healthcare space continues to evolve, partially in response to the increasingly numerous and glaring shortfalls patients experience in terms of poor outcomes. Possibly an even greater driver to the changes you are experiencing in your practice is the continually rising cost of care. A single healthcare dollar can be divided into an array of expense areas, including inpatient hospital stays, nursing home and home healthcare costs, administrative fees, and physician and clinic services. Did we forget medications?
Marsha K. Millonig, B.Pharm., M.B.A. Catalyst Enterprises

Addressing the Opioid Abuse Issue

It seems that you can’t go a day without seeing or hearing something about the opioid epidemic, whether in trade publications or mainstream media. Now that everyone is paying attention to it, what happens? While we wait for Congress, or maybe, instead of waiting for them, there are steps that the healthcare industry can take today.

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?
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.
George Pennebaker, Pharm.D.

Data, Facts, Opinions

The difficulty arises when we make measurable things important rather than make important things measurable. What a pharmacy benefits manager’s (PBM’s) drug trend report reveals is interesting, but what it conceals is essential.