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Text Messaging in Pharmacy

Nearly all U.S. adults now have the needed technology — a cell phone — to send and receive texts. Text messaging is simple and familiar. Not only is nearly everyone able to send and receive texts, most people text regularly and are therefore comfortable with the practice.
George Pennebaker, Pharm.D.

Drug Costs, Wine Coding, Mumblings

It seems like every day there is another ranting about drug prices — understandably so. They are high and they keep getting higher. Nobody seems to be able to control them.
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Drug Utilization Alerts: Failures and Future Direction

A December 2016 Chicago Tribune exposé concerning pharmacists’ failure to counsel patients on potentially life-threatening drug interactions and prevent the filling of these prescriptions. Of the 255 pharmacies tested, 52% dispensed medication pairs without mentioning the interaction risks.
George Pennebaker, Pharm.D.

We Have a Problem — a Big Problem

Reporters from a major metropolitan newspaper took prescriptions for drugs that had serious interaction potentials to a significant number of pharmacies. In the vast majority of the pharmacies, there was no indication that anything was done to deal with the interaction issue.
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What Happens When We Run Out of NDC Numbers?

The drug product identifier used by pharmacies to submit prescription claims — the NDC (National Drug Code) number for the majority of those products — is going to run out of numbers sometime in the next decade.
Marsha K. Millonig, B.Pharm., M.B.A. Catalyst Enterprises

Pharmacy Accreditation

Many recent conferences, including ASAP’s annual conference, have addressed the topic of pharmacy accreditation. In this column, we’ll do a deeper dive into what accreditation is and why it’s getting so much attention by pharmacies.

Seventeen Years and Ninety-Five Articles

It’s been 17 years and 95 articles. 17 years ago the term “health information technology” was not in vogue. The intent of our column has always been to inform readers about emerging technologies that can support their practice immediately, while not venturing into bleeding-edge technologies that are not ready for widespread implementation or are too risky for you to devote scarce resources to.
George Pennebaker, Pharm.D.


In the ‘60s I had a boss who was more of a mentor than a boss. He was a physician in charge of a group of four or five health professionals who were creating all of the rules for California’s Medicaid program. We had a lot of fascinating and difficult things to work on.
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The Outlook for 2017

With the tumultuous election behind us, our thoughts turn to a new year and the challenges that lie ahead. These changes should be beneficial for the economy while also creating new opportunities and challenges for the pharmacy industry.
Marsha K. Millonig, B.Pharm., M.B.A. Catalyst Enterprises

Impact of Drug Prices

Over the past few months, the price of drugs has gotten a lot of attention. It was an issue on Capitol Hill, on the campaign trail, and in newspapers, magazines, and television. We’re all familiar with the names Shkreli and Bresch. With all this discussion, there are still no easy answers.