The Reinvented Pharmacist

Friday, October 24th, 2014
It might be time to stop complaining about preferred pharmacy networks, since many independents are included in them.
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Most national pharmacy organizations have policies to remove tobacco sales from pharmacies, and now, CVS Health has come up with a way to further promote those policies.
Friday, October 17th, 2014
The recent Pioneer ACO departures suggest a quick fix for our broken health care system is not available.
Thursday, October 16th, 2014
Professional autonomy is necessary to allow pharmacists to fulfill their mission.
Monday, August 25th, 2014
More than once, I have heard someone suggest that we ought to have a television program that puts a positive spin on pharmacy.
Monday, August 18th, 2014
Ambulatory pharmacy practice will grow independent of community pharmacy practice, unless efforts are made to bring them closer together.
Sunday, August 17th, 2014
The high cost of treating hepatitis C with sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) has received a lot of attention in the literature.
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
A standardized pharmacy process can help ensure that every patient experiences consistent care.
Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
Understanding the opinions of both sides of the debate over “any willing provider” legislation can help pharmacists gain a new perspective.
Friday, June 20th, 2014
As the ways in which primary care is delivered continue to change, Walmart’s move to open its own in-store health clinics is a development worth watching.
Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
There was a feeling at the ASHP Summer Meeting that the profession of pharmacy is being propelled forward by collaboration among individual pharmacists and pharmacy organizations.
Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
The possible closure of a small, rural hospital in North Carolina illustrates the changes occurring in our health care system.
Thursday, April 17th, 2014
Projections of increased spending on medications will most likely lead to a resumed focus on controlling drug costs, which, in turn, will offer pharmacists an opportunity to help save money on medications.
Monday, March 17th, 2014
In an era when we want to make our health care system more coherent, we continue to see efforts, perhaps with the goal of saving money, that actually promote fragmentation.
Friday, February 28th, 2014
Will a study finding little benefit from patient-centered medical homes delay the involvement of pharmacists or hasten it due to the implication that new players are needed to produce better results?
Thursday, February 20th, 2014
Pharmacists need to consider how they can best position themselves to help address the growing primary care physician shortage.
Friday, January 31st, 2014
A proposal by the Veterans Health Administration to allow nurses with advanced training to practice medicine without physician supervision could be a model for future expansion of the role of pharmacists in patient care.
Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
Paying attention to how leaders in health-system pharmacy see the field changing can help one anticipate changes in other areas of pharmacy.
Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
A report finding little evidence of the benefits of medication therapy management is unlikely to be the final word on the topic.
Monday, January 6th, 2014
The implementation of the Affordable Care Act demands changes in the way that primary care practices and pharmacies operate, but they may be too busy to make the necessary adjustments.
Thursday, December 19th, 2013
When a profession sets standards for itself, it allows the profession to advance, raises overall quality, and helps to assure greater practice uniformity.
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
Those who think there is an easy solution for preventing the misuse of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes probably haven’t been working closely with patients and families dealing with dementia.
Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
Due to new reporting requirements, some doctors are reconsidering whether to take payments and gifts from pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Could pharmacists find themselves in a similar position?
About
Fred Eckel, RPh, MS, Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times
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This blog focuses on what our Editor-in-Chief sees as the future of pharmacy.
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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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