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Changes in Long-term Care Pharmacy Practice

Published Online: Friday, November 18, 2011
CMS is proposing a change in long-term care pharmacy practice. By January 2013, consulting pharmacy must be separated from the company that supplies the drugs. I wonder why this separation is being proposed.

If this change is implemented, would it be advancement for pharmacy in general and consulting pharmacy in particular? Is this further evidence that the drug product has become a commodity business? If CMS mandates this in nursing homes pharmacy practice, could it follow that medication therapy management activities would have to be performed by an entity separated from the company that supplies the drug products in the community or mail order setting too?

This does sound like an opportunity for a new pharmacy business model that could meet both nursing home and community pharmacy needs. Does this look like a new opportunity to you, too?
Fred Eckel, RPh, MS, Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times
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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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