Pharmacy Voices

Pharmacy Voices is content from ComputerTalk‘s regular columnists, as well as from contributors from around the industry.

Bill Lockwood, Chairman/Publisher

Monetizing Privacy

WHAT IS DISTURBING TO ME is how an individual’s privacy is being compromised of late. It seems like a day doesn’t pass without reading about...

Pharmacogenetics in the Pharmacy: What’s Ahead

Unlike traditional drug interaction alerts that pop up the pharmacy system, pharmacogenetics takes into account how an individual metabolism processes a drug. With more...
Bill Lockwood, Chairman/Publisher

Disruptive Technologies

Amazon has rocked the foundation of brick-and-mortar retailers, forcing store closures and causing profits to plummet. Next up may be pharmacy. That’s the buzz, but pharmacy is not groceries. It’s not diapers. It’s not books. It is highly regulated, and run-of-the-mill prescriptions these days are not moneymakers. Specialty drugs are, but this is a different breed of pharmacy, one that I do not see fitting into the Amazon business model. Nevertheless, it could be a problem for community pharmacy, both chain and independent, if Amazon enters the pharmacy market.
Marsha K. Millonig, B.Pharm., M.B.A. Catalyst Enterprises

Catalyst Corner: 2017 – An Interesting Year

Today, as the new year begins, I found it interesting to scan some of the top healthcare- and pharmacy-related stories for 2017. Modern Healthcare...

Health-System Pharmacy Evolution: An Expanded Role for Med Reconciliation

Practice settings across healthcare are finding value in expanding the pharmacy’s role, and health systems are no exception. In this interview with Carolinas HealthCare...

Industry Insider with Kevin Welch: Focus as the First Step to Success

Integra LTC Solutions and QS/1 President Kevin Welch talks with ComputerTalk’s Maggie Lockwood about his new role as CTO of J M Smith Corporation...
George Pennebaker, Pharm.D.

George’s Corner: Marijuana (Oops: Cannabis)

Some musings on perhaps the most popular Schedule I, legal in some states, illegal in the United States, drug. Full disclosure: I am a Californian....

Technology Corner: May the Phorce Be with You

In our last column from 2017, "The Quantified Baby," we indirectly highlighted how the consumer electronics market can become a go-to source for health-related...
Marsha K. Millonig, B.Pharm., M.B.A. Catalyst Enterprises

Are You Ready for the DQSA?

The Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) was signed into law on Nov. 27, 2013. The purpose of the DQSA is to address issues related to drug compounding oversight, and incorporates a national prescription drug “track and trace” system inclusive of standards for prescription drug wholesale distributors and third-party logistics (3PL) providers. It amends the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).

The Quantified Baby

Not only do baby-tracking apps make it easy to capture every aspects of baby’s life, they also make it extremely easy to share baby’s data with all caregivers. In fact, it is automatic. Once you set your first caregiver account on one of these apps, you can then invite and authorize additional caregivers.