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Archive for the ‘Healthcare Reform’ Category

Can Chronic Conditions Be Managed Better with Special Packaging?

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Chronic illness certainly takes a toll on families and finances (I know this from my own family), so I don't doubt these figures one bit: According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "treatment for people with chronic conditions accounts for more than 75% of the more than $2 trillion ...

New Solutions Debut At Pharmapack

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

As presenters at Pharmapack 2011 offered their perspectives on the larger trends driving package design, companies and exhibitors announced packaging innovations and improved delivery systems. Attendees at the Paris venue learned of new bottle designs developed with consumer panels, intelligent blister packaging that underpins trials in telemedicine, and next generation nasal, ...

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 ...

Health Reform Pilots Offer Proving Ground For Packaging

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Healthcare reform will create demand for innovative packaging that is cost-effectively manufactured, and yields therapeutic results, speakers said at the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council's Showcase event at Honeywell's Morristown, NJ campus on Wednesday.  "Patients are looking for compliance assistance, and pharmacists are cleared by the legislation for an expanded role. More ...

Health Reform Invites Innovation

Monday, May 24th, 2010

The healthcare reform act simultaneously expands insurance coverage to millions of Americans and drives additional drug spending through discounts to others, while seeking to lower healthcare costs. New programs for evaluating cost control and improving quality of care are central features of the healthcare act signed into law by President Obama. As ...

Could Patient-Centered Labels Spread beyond the Pharmacy?

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Today is the final day for comments on California's new prescription drug labeling requirements aimed to boost patient safety. Don't worry--they appear to target pharmacy-generated labels, not manufacturer-generated labeling--but I wonder how they ultimately could influence your labeling. The new rule drives a number of changes that would result in what ...

Are You Ready for 32 Million New Customers?

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Your reaction to this headline might reveal your feelings toward the passage of healthcare reform. You might see reform as increasing the number of potential patients that could be prescribed your company's drug or treated with your company's medical device---or you could be dreading the costs to your company to ...

Covert Anticounterfeiting: Smart Strategy, or an Insult to Partners?

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Patients in the United States are very lucky that drug and medical device counterfeiting has not caused the problems other global regions have seen. But as U.S. supply chains stretch around the world, especially pharmaceutical and medical device supply chains, will U.S. patient safety remain the norm? According to a press ...

Healthcare Reform Could Now Depend on Voluntary Efforts toward Patient Safety

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

After Republican Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts, political pundits are already predicting the failure of President Obama's healthcare reform efforts. But even if the bill currently tied up in Congress fails to pass, healthcare reform does not have to end. In fact, if the bill does fail, maybe healthcare reformers ...

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 ...