Overcoming Common Barriers to Effective Patient Counseling
In order to be effective medication counselors, pharmacists first need to identify the barriers to effective medication counseling.
You’ve probably heard stories about dying of a broken heart, but is there any truth to them?
Pharmacy Times Staff
Don’t accidentally overlook these trending pharmacy stories!
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
Older patients who take too few medications for their health conditions may face equal risks as those who take too many medications.
Krystle Vermes
The FDA has approved an expanded label for memantine and donepezil hydrochlorides (Namzaric) extended-release, a once-daily, fixed-dose combination of a NMDA receptor agonist and an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor.
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
Medicare patients are the highest users of prescription drugs and a major source of recurring revenue for community pharmacies.
Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCP
Cough is the most aggravating late-stage cold symptom.
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
Prescription drug costs are projected to increase between 11% and 13% in 2016, a recent analysis found.

Association News

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is thanking 37 members of the U.S. House of Representatives who have sent a letter to House and Senate negotiators, urging them to advance an important TRICARE pilot program as part of the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act.
More than 30 national health care decision-makers have gathered outside of the Nation’s Capital this week for an Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy event focusing on innovations in diabetes care that are producing changes to treatment options, patient engagement, accountability and patient-provider interactions.
The National Community Pharmacists Association today announced the establishment of a new Innovation Center that is intended to further assist and speed up the evolution of independent community pharmacies in a changing health care environment.
A new online video announced today by the National Community Pharmacists Association illustrates the personal care that people receive at independent community pharmacies, the contributions of community pharmacists to better coordinated health care and how small business pharmacies support their local communities.
The American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists, with the support of Amgen, Cardinal Health, and Rite Aid, will host leadership and professional development programming this weekend in Washington, DC, for 240 student pharmacists.

Pharmacy Market News

Equashield has announced that the company’s flagship Equashield product has been selected the Gold Winner of the General Hospital Devices and Therapeutic Products category of the 18th Annual Medical Design Excellent Aware competition.
Pfizer Inc. and Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. have announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Pfizer will acquire Anacor for $99.25 per Anacor share for a total transaction value of approximately $5.2 billion,
Amgen has announced the launch of the Breakaway from Heart Disease campaign to help make heart health a priority.

Strategic Alliance Partner News

The Kroger Co. has announced an agreement for Axium to acquire the outstanding shares of ModernHEALTH, a leading specialty pharmacy, to create a combined specialty pharmacy that will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co.
The Rite Aid Foundation's KidCents program has announced a $25,000 donation to the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program, a Detroit-based nonprofit that empowers Detroit youth to be positive and productive members of society through education, athletics, mentorship and intervention.
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