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Blog: Pharmacy News & Industry Information - Page 56

Your go-to blog for updates in the world of pharmacy. Find pharmacy news, career tips, hiring trends and much more.
Free Pharmacy Crime Prevention Video

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) has teamed up with the RxPatrol to offer a free training video to help ensure pharmacy safety. The video is an extension of the RxPatrol program that tracks and seeks to reduce the risk of pharmacy crime. The video examines some of the most common pharmacy crimes across America. […]

Pharmacy Chains Receiving Plentiful H1N1

Reports this week show that doses of the H1N1 are in high supply as pharmacy chains across the country have received increased stock.  Although recent reports are that the flu strain is decreasing, officials are still urging everyone to get the vaccine and suggesting that pharmacists continue to discuss it with patients to avoid future […]

Senate Considers Ban of Pharmacy Record Mining

Two Senate Democrats introduced an amendment Thursday that would ban the practice of pharmaceutical data mining. Pharmaceutical companies currently purchase pharmacy sales records from third party companies in order to identify doctors who prescribe their drugs and competitor alternatives. The amendment to the Senate health care bill would ban the sale of pharmacy records for […]

Importing Drugs Reenters Healthcare Debate

Senator Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) will bring an amendment to vote this week to allow importing of prescription drugs from Canada to lower the cost of healthcare reform. The amendment would override an agreement between the White House and pharmaceutical companies in which the industry agreed to payback billions of dollars in rebates to the government […]

Settlements and Ongoing Investigations in Gov. Medicare Probe

A large scale investigation of Medicare fraud by pharmaceutical companies has led to a settlement with Omnicare and ongoing investigations of Johnson & Johnson and other major drug makers. The focus of the investigation is on alleged kickbacks to companies that dispense drugs in exchange for preferential treatment in the writing and filling prescriptions. The […]

FDA Targets Medication Usage Errors

This week the FDA launched a program aimed at reducing the number of injuries caused by preventable medication errors. The FDA is currently working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to come up with accurate estimates of the number of deaths due to medication misuse. A large area of concern is the possible […]

Eye Site Kiosks Used to Attract Pharmacy Customers

St. Louis based Schnucks market has recently added thirty eye site kiosks to their pharmacy department in the hopes to increase customer service and drive traffic into the pharmacies. The kiosks are designed to help determine near and distance vision using eye charts and to also provide additional information for optometrists in the area. Schnucks […]