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September/October 2017

High Volume or High Touch? Choosing a Path for Success

In the face of an array of challenges, you need a plan that makes dispensing meaningful to both patients and to your pharmacy. We take a look at two different approaches, with one pharmacy that’s focusing on ramping up volume and another that’s providing specialized dispensing.

Smart Buying on Short-Date Inventory Benefits Bottom Line

Software vendors have combined their areas of expertise to launch an SaaS-based tool that can save any size pharmacy money in inventory purchasing.
Bill Lockwood, Chairman/Publisher

The Opioid Crisis

PDMPs are becoming very important in addressing the opioid crisis we have in this country. When PDMPs were created, there was little use of the data that resided in their repositories. This has since changed. First, virtually every state requires prescribers and pharmacists to register with their PDMP. Second, many states now require prescribers to check the PDMP before writing an opioid prescription, under certain conditions.

Checklist: Blister Pack Automation for Growth

Blister cards automation can give you competitive advantages. Synergy Medical provided the following checklist when a pharmacy is considering this type of automation and dispensing system.

Blister Pack Automation for Growth

Checklist for pharmacies considering compliance packaging automation.
Absolute Pharmacy, North Canton, Ohio

Fitting into the Continuum of Care

The plan for growth at Absolute Pharmacy includes increased prescription fill speed and multidose cards, thanks to Synergy Medical automation. Stringent regulations, competitive demands from facilities, and the push to a home-based model all stem from the overall goal to reduce the hospital readmission rate.

Little Data: Health Information Technology Helping Weather the Storm

Americans have a history of coming together in times of great need. KatrinaHealth.org was created shortly after the storm hit to provide a central point of access to evacuees’ prescription histories by authorized healthcare professionals. In less than a month, 150 organizations pulled together to create the site (including businesses in competition with each other). Today, we are still impressed by the collective effort — enabled by health information technology (HIT) — that provided critically important information to support the continuation of car

Central Fill Process and Logistics | The Pharmacy Counter

More from The Pharmacy Counter's Bryan Coehrs, Pharm.D., director of pharmacy operations, on how the pharmacy has built its central-fill process flows and logistics.