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IPRO Team Creates Drug Safety Tool For Care Transitions, Cites Improved Communications Regarding High Risk Medications

Pharmacy quality improvement experts at IPRO have created and field tested a unique audit tool aimed at reducing anticoagulant-related adverse drug events (ADEs) during care transitions. National estimates suggest that ADEs account for 700,000 emergency department visits and 120,000 hospitalizations annually, and The Department of Health and Human Services’ recently released National Action Plan for Adverse Drug […]

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“Lock-In” Program Could Solve Medicare Drug Fraud: NCPA

Limiting drug-abusing patients to one doctor and one pharmacy for pain medication prescriptions could be the solution to Medicare drug abuse and some forms of fraud, according to a new report from National Center for Policy Analysis Senior Fellow Devon Herrick. “When Congress passed the Medicare Part D drug program, it inadvertently created a license to steal,” says […]

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Community Pharmacists Promoting Medication Adherence, Generic Drug Savings

Independent community pharmacies are increasingly providing services to support patient compliance with their prescribed drug regimen (or “medication adherence”) and set a new record high in the proportion of prescriptions filled with typically lower-cost generic drugs, according to the National Community Pharmacists Association’s (NCPA) 2014 Digest, sponsored by Cardinal Health. Sixty-seven percent of independent community pharmacies […]

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CVS Health and Direct Relief Partner to Donate $1 Million in Flu Shot Vouchers to Uninsured Patients of Community Health Clinics

CVS Health and Direct Relief announced today that they have partnered to provide $1 million in flu shot vouchers to community health clinic patients in underserved communities who lack health insurance. Nearly 100 participating clinics will identify uninsured individuals from their existing patient populations and provide them with a flu shot voucher that is redeemable at any […]