Cyber security. Hackers. Viruses. Data breaches. These words have become so ubiquitous in our daily lives that they don’t quite pack the same punch they used to…unless they affect you. Chances are, you have been the victim of a cyber-related mishap, either personally or professionally, and dangers seem to lurk everywhere. Even mundane tasks, like clicking an email attachment, visiting an ATM or paying for gas at the pump with a credit card, have become risky.
News: Community Pharmacy
Unlike years past, it’s not as financially feasible to operate a traditional retail pharmacy in rural and underserved communities. To help combat this challenge, pharmacists are using new telepharmacy technology to serve patients who struggle with pharmacy access.
November 13-19 marks U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week: an annual week promoted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to raise awareness about antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.
Drive-thrus are common among chain pharmacies as well as many smaller independent drugstores. Pharmacies began introducing drive-thru services in the 1990s, adding convenience and faster service for their customers.
Pharmacists spend their entire day focused on their customers’ health and wellness, sometimes leaving little time to attend to their own healthy habits. On a normal day, pharmacists can spend hours standing in one place, eating on the run and perhaps wearing shoes designed more for fashion than utility.
When most people start running for exercise with the idea of becoming a “runner,” they likely have a goal in mind. For example, they think, “I’d like to be able to run a mile.” When they become more ambitious and comfortable with the idea, they might strive to run a 5K. The bottom line is that having an objective in mind is important to achieve success
Competing against the big guys is always part of running a small business and is a particularly relevant issue for independent pharmacies that operate in the face of considerable pressures.
I want to tell you about a wall. One that stands between you and the value you create for your patients and the rest of the healthcare system. This wall may be preventing you from helping patients improve their health and preventing sustainable community-based pharmacy business models.
I hear it all. As the CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), I have the awesome opportunity to speak in-person to over 5,000 pharmacy owners most years − the very people the organization exists to represent. During those conversations, owners usually have two issues on their minds: here and now issues (keeping the lights on per se) and where the profession is going in the future (seeing around the corner).
Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) audits continue to plague pharmacies. There are more desk audits than ever before and plans are finding new ways to recoup payment on prescriptions.