The Reinvented Pharmacist

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.
Saturday, December 6th, 2014
When will we begin to see globalization with pharmacy practice ventures that will result in an internationalization of pharmacist licensure?
Monday, December 1st, 2014
Medication adherence monitoring is quite possibly the easiest clinical intervention to implement in community pharmacy.
Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
When I read a brief article about the 5 traits that make Google CEO Larry Page different from other leaders, I decided to test myself.
Sunday, November 16th, 2014
The presence of pharmacists is one of the reasons why retail clinics are a disruptive force.
Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
This question entered my mind when I read the compelling story, “Moms, Regulators, Biotech Startups, and the Battle Over a Potentially Life-Saving Drug."
Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
This Veterans Day, we should be thankful for those who have served on our behalf to keep us safe and free at home.
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?
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.
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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