QS/One-Five: A Monthly Roundup of Notable Stories in Pharmacy - April 2019
Check out 4 developments in our field that are worth knowing about – and 1 extra, just because.
1. Uber for Pills: Prescription Tech Startups Circumvent Doctors’ Pad
Functioning simply as a platform rather than a healthcare company, these prescription sites let users fill out a questionnaire, then a third-party doctor approves medication for mailing.
2. Adherence to Heart Medications Plummets with Pharmacy Closures
A JAMA study found that patients using independent pharmacies were among the most affected, and the drops persisted even a year later.
3. Specialty Pharmacies on the Rise
Accredited specialty pharmacies increased 25% in 2018. While those owned by healthcare providers account for more than a quarter, independently owned shops comprise almost half.
4. Introducing New Alexa Healthcare Skills
Amazon’s Alexa has introduced HIPAA-compliant skills to let people manage healthcare needs by talking to their in-home device.
5. The Sackler Family Made Their Fortune in Opioids — and Museums Are Rejecting their Donations
From the Guggenheim in NYC to London’s Tate Museum, the art world is rethinking its relationship with the maker of OxyContin.