Pursuant to new legislation effective July 1, 2018, the Virginia Department of Health Professions prescription monitoring program (VA PMP) will now monitor the prescribing and dispensing of Schedule V drugs and naloxone.
Effective July 1, 2018, the Alaska Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (AK PDMP) will begin requiring dispensers to report controlled substance dispensations to the AK PDMP daily as of the previous submission date, as required in AS 17.30.200 and 12 AAC 52.865(b).
Effective July 1, 2018, the Maine Prescription Monitoring Program (ME PMP) requires reporting in ASAP 4.2A Standard and includes the following important changes.
Effective June 28, 2018, the Guam Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Database (GU PDMP) begins using a new vendor, PMP AWARxE™ maintained by Appriss, to provide prescription monitoring services for Guam.
Where do you envision your pharmacy business in the next five years? Do you see an increase in the number of patients you serve or an opportunity to offer additional services to attract new customers?
It’s not only important to ensure your operation is performing regular backups; it’s crucial to know how long it would take to resume operations if you had to scrap your current system and restore it from a backup.
It always comes back to the foundation and infrastructure. No matter how swanky the front end or conscientious the staff, if your hardware is not up to speed (figuratively and literally), or if it does not offer the functionality you need to manage your workflow and support your customers’ demands, then you are struggling unnecessarily, which can affect your profits and your business.
Your pharmacy management software and how it handles ancillary services is the lifeline of your community or long-term care pharmacy. Every pharmacy’s goal is to grow and maximize profits while ensuring the best patient outcomes, and keeping your software up to date is a vital part of making sure you have the tools you need to reach your goals.
On any given day in a community or long-term care (LTC) pharmacy, there are dozens of outside factors that can affect your business and its profits. The industry is in constant flux, and that uncertainty led to the closure of more than 600 retail pharmacies in 2017. Independents closed 67 locations; chains decreased by 138; grocery store pharmacies lost 169 and mass pharmacies shrank by 252.
Momentum continues to build toward the integration of pharmacists into the overall healthcare team, recognized (and reimbursed) for their clinical knowledge and patient care.