The Reinvented Pharmacist

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
Should everyone have access to any drug they need, regardless of whether or not they can afford it?
Thursday, December 17th, 2015
I challenge you to make an integrated life your goal for 2016.
Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
Recent headlines would suggest that the cost of some drugs is becoming a real issue. 
Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
How should pharmacists view the recent news that prescription drug use is on the rise and polypharmacy has become more prevalent?
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
The pharmacist may end up playing a critical role in bringing pharmacogenetics to the drug therapy arena.
Friday, October 23rd, 2015
Many stereotypes about aging can mislead your own thinking.
Wednesday, October 21st, 2015
Pharmaceutical manufacturers are pretty good at finding new ways to make a profit on their drugs.
Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
The current trend of hospitals purchasing physician practices to create efficiencies and ensure continuity of care seems to have resulted in increased costs of care.
Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
A story in today's Wall Street Journal adds fuel to the growing concern that some drugs are priced too high.
Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
A new report from CVS shows that the decision to drop tobacco actually makes a difference in reducing the number of cigarettes smoked and possibly the population of smokers.
Thursday, August 20th, 2015
If a company as large as Walmart has no bargaining power with pharmacy benefit managers, as a Morningstar analyst suggests, then it's no wonder why independent community pharmacists complain about PBMs.
Monday, August 3rd, 2015
Will the new partnership between CVS Health and IBM bring about real disruption in community pharmacy?
Thursday, July 30th, 2015
One contribution that a pharmacy organization can make is to develop standards and guidelines for pharmacist services and professional issues.
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
There are probably a lot of pharmacists like myself who never truly enter retirement.
Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
Specialty medications now account for one-third of all drug spending in the United States, according to IMS Health data.
Thursday, July 9th, 2015
Before you call your next meeting, consider these 7 suggestions.
Monday, July 6th, 2015
A newly approved cystic fibrosis drug has an annual wholesale cost of $259,000.
Thursday, July 2nd, 2015
There has been a lot of talk about rising specialty drug prices and how they will affect health care costs.
Wednesday, June 10th, 2015
Revised IMS Health data depict where prescriptions are being dispensed across the community pharmacy setting.
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
So far, the market has absorbed the increasing number of pharmacy graduates, but some wonder when the pharmacy bubble will burst.
Monday, June 1st, 2015
More and more news headlines seem to focus on high drug prices, as many stakeholders are speaking out about the issue.
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
Census data suggest independent pharmacies continue to do well.
Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Point-of-care tests could help the local community pharmacy become a neighborhood health center.
Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
Is pain really the biggest health problem elderly patients experience?
Friday, May 1st, 2015
I hope the pharmacy industry doesn't have to engage in another state-by-state effort to allow the dispensing of appropriate biosimilar products.
Friday, May 1st, 2015
New research validates what pharmacists believe to be true: several disconnects remain in the prescribing and use of opioids.
Friday, April 24th, 2015
CVS Health's decision to remove tobacco products from pharmacies did make good business sense.
Thursday, April 9th, 2015
Why aren't pharmacists considered clinicians who can take on executive roles?
Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
I'm not familiar with the term "second victim," but I am familiar with the problem it describes.
Monday, March 23rd, 2015
Knowing what the experts think will happen in the future can help us better prepare for it.
Thursday, March 19th, 2015
Stories on drug manufacturers' patent-protection strategies suggest that the high costs of some drugs are receiving attention from other health care team members, as well as government officials.
Monday, March 16th, 2015
When you put a face on the impact of high-cost specialty drugs, it is hard to ignore the expenses.
Monday, March 9th, 2015
The FDA's first approval of a biosimilar drug offers new opportunities, but pharmacists need to remain alert for the opposition that might arise.
Monday, February 23rd, 2015
Once a prescription for an antibiotic has been written, is there anything a pharmacist should do aside from filling it?
Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
CVS Health's call for costs control mechanisms for a new class of cholesterol drugs serves as a warning for future treatment cost issues that may impact how specialty drugs are handled in the future.
Friday, February 6th, 2015
A report released by CVS Health on the 1-year anniversary of its decision to stop tobacco sales suggests that doing the right thing instead of the expedient thing makes good business sense.
Monday, February 2nd, 2015
There is no doubt in anyone's mind that we should only pay for quality health care, but how do you measure it?
Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
It's true that, "Inch by inch, life's a cinch. Yard by yard, life's hard."
Friday, January 23rd, 2015
I don't know whether to be pleased or disappointed with the results of Drug Topics' 2015 Salary Survey.
Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
I once thought that hospitals and health systems were the most secure segment in the health care arena, but it doesn't look that way anymore.
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014
When Gallup's honesty and ethics poll first came out 12 years ago, with pharmacists topping the list, I remember some of the comments made by my academic colleagues who seemed to want to belittle the results.
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
Tell me it isn't so, but according to Forbes' "The Best Healthcare Jobs In 2015" list, it is.
Monday, December 8th, 2014
Look at what pharmacist futurists are saying and see how you might prepare yourself to be productive if their predictions come true.
Fred Eckel, RPh, MS, Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times
Blog Info
This blog focuses on what our Editor-in-Chief sees as the future of pharmacy.
Author Bio
Fred Eckel, RPh, MS, is the Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times, a position he has held since 2002. Mr. Eckel is a professor at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He serves as executive director of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists.

In this blog, Eckel will provide commentary on relevant issues impacting pharmacists and pharmacy professionals, including the merging of pharmacy benefit managers, the implications of health care reform, the conversion of major drugs from prescription to over-the-counter, trends in pharmacy careers, and opioid abuse. He will also discuss legislative issues that impact pharmacists, and comment on the evolving role of the pharmacist.
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