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Archive for the ‘Medication Therapy Management’ Category

Medicaid Compliance Study Shows Value of Packaging, Intervention

Monday, April 25th, 2011

A new study of patients in a community-based Medicaid program shows the benefit of a collaborative approach--one that involves packaging and personal outreach--for improving patients' persistence with their medications. Reported in last month's The American Journal of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy, the study evaluates the impact of Medicine-On-Time's medication management system on nursing ...

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 ...

Could MTM Be the Key to Healthcare Reform?

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) says that pharmacists play an important role in improving patient outcomes and saving healthcare costs. Could they help reform healthcare ahead of (or instead of) any legislation? Can you help them? NACDS cites the briefing paper Medication Therapy Management: Catching Errors, Saving ...

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, ...

Whither MTM?

Monday, October 12th, 2009

As healthcare reform legislation plays out in Congress, various bills are addressing medication therapy management services (MTM). MTM belongs in any healthcare program that includes a focus on improving healthcare quality while also reducing healthcare spending and waste. The Affordable Health Choices Act (AHCA) put forth by the Senate's Health, Education, Labor, ...

Should Taxpayers Bear the Costs of Quality?

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Addressing the issue of salmonella-ridden peanut butter in his weekly message, Frank M. Torti, acting FDA commissioner, explained on March 2 that FDA and other government agencies are spending a lot of time looking for bad nuts. And probably money. "You should know that we at FDA as well as ...

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 ...

Brown’s Bill Revisited

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

The inauguration countdown continues, and so does the anticipation of what a new administration will mean to bills introduced to Congress. One bill in particular would affect packagers. The Transparency in Drug Labeling act (S. 3633) would require country-of-origin labeling of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and excipients of finished ...

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 ...

Your Package Could Have Helped My Grandma

Friday, November 21st, 2008

With many baby boomers reaching retirement age in the coming years, preventive healthcare programs are beginning to draw significant attention. Are you gearing your company up to meet their healthcare packaging needs? For instance, Campaign 2011, which focuses on the year millions of baby boomers will turn 65, kicked off this ...