Community Pharmacy

Independent and chain community pharmacy serving retail and ambulatory patients, including regional chains, grocery store pharmacies, and mass merchandiser pharmacies.

Pharmacy-Based Clinical Services: From Pharmacogenetics to Chronic Care

Pharmacy has been in a state of evolution for some time now, with consistent effort from many sides within the profession to integrate a...
2018 Pharmacy Technology Forecast

The Pharmacy Technology Forecast

2018 is just about here, and most pharmacies will have already been thinking about strategy for the coming year. What will the key trends be? Where are the best places to put investment? How can you get more out of technology investments you’ve already made? And what markets will be growing and offering new revenue opportunities? Here we take a look at what a number of pharmacy technology vendors see as the priorities for 2018.

Independent, But Not Alone: Finding the “Unity” in Community

Community pharmacy has the potential to be the strongest, most influential group in healthcare, but it is no stranger to adversity. Between the retailers who are rumored to try their hand at pharmacy and the PBMs (pharmacy benefit managers) that are wreaking havoc on profits with clawbacks and DIR (direct and indirect remuneration) fees, independent owners have their work cut out for them. Now, more than ever, pharmacists need to be united in their efforts to stay ahead.

Trend to Watch: Adherence Packaging at Retail

Heather Martin, VP of sales for long-term care and retail markets at TCGRx, talks about a trend that community pharmacies need to know about: adherence packaging. Learn how you could use adherence packaging to build on the success you’re having with processes such as med sync.

When the Simplest Technology Is the Right Technology

The humble pill counter is the foot soldier of the community pharmacy. It’s come a long way since the first models of the 1970s — today’s counters are offered as either noncomputerized (in conjunction with scan-verifying first with your pharmacy management system), or a combination scan verification plus counting. Both levels eliminate tedious hand-counting, mistakes, and concerns about narcotics discrepancies. Tens of thousands of pharmacies have embraced the “KISS Principle” (keep it simple and straightforward) with their trusty tablet counter, especially when their computer system is handling the verification. Here are just a few examples.

The Patient Safety Act — Always One Day Closer to a Fatality?

“Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for an outstanding safety performance yesterday. We are one day closer to our next fatal crash.” When...

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.
Matt Noffsinger TCGRx

High-Volume Dispensing: One Step at a Time

TCGRx EVP of Sales and Marketing Matt Noffsinger talks about what you should really be thinking about when you hear the term “high-volume dispensing” these days. You’ll be surprised that it’s not necessarily a huge central-fill or mail-order operation. Find out how you can bring the efficiencies that drive traditional high-volume settings right down to any dispensing volume and apply them piece by piece to meet a pharmacy’s needs and growth strategy.
Matt Noffsinger TCGRx

High-Volume Solutions: Questions To Ask and Success Stories

TCGRx EVP of Sales and Marketing Matt Noffsinger talks about what you should really be thinking about when you hear the term “high-volume dispensing” these days. And here he offers two questions to ask yourself before you talk to at tech vendor and two examples of pharmacies making the most of a step-wise approach to high-volume pharmacy.
PioneerRx Pharmacy Management Systems

Independent, But Not Alone: NCPA

As a pharmacy owner, it can feel like you’re out there on an island by yourself. It can be a lonely feeling because you’re dealing with problems, sometimes for the first time. You don’t have a point of reference. You don’t have a friend you can call up. There are just a lot of situations that take place as an independent pharmacy owner that you can’t look up on the internet — The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) helps independent pharmacy owners make those connections.