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Still No Discussion of Packaging

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Today I came across two different stories on the emerging roles that pharmacists are playing in medication therapy management. We received a press release from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) on its participation in the U.S. Senate Health Fair last week in Washington, DC, and later on ...

Costs Dropping ahead of Healthcare Reform?

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) said today that a growth drop in drug spending coincides with "cost-saving" tools promoted by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). These tools include the use of generic medications, e-prescribing, and mail-service pharmacies. So are these programs behind the spending slowdown, as PCMA suggests? "Expenditures on prescription drugs ...

Packaging’s Role in MTM Still Evolving

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Healthcare reform efforts are still in the making. But so far, bills in the Senate and House of Representatives have clauses for medication therapy management (MTM) services, reports Anne Burns, vice president of professional affairs for the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). "We are excited that medication therapy management (MTM) services, ...

Healthcare Recovery Part of Obama’s Plan

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law today. Fifty-nine billion dollars will flow into healthcare, partly to fund the development of national electronic medical records. But there are other healthcare reforms, too, and each may be met with controversy. Surprising to some, there may be some packaging ...

Generics Help Slow Drug Cost Increases, But Technology, Too, Is Needed for Further Savings

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

The numbers on 2007 drug spending are coming in, and I am trying to piece a number of reports together to see if they all add up. (It feels like I am about a year late in writing this story, but really, the 2007 numbers were just released today!) The Centers ...