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Avella Specialty Pharmacy CEO to be keynote speaker at AMCP’s Specialty Pharmacy Conference 2014

BY Michael Johnsen

PHOENIX — Rebecca Shanahan, CEO of Avella Specialty Pharmacy, will be the keynote speaker at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s Specialty Pharmacy Conference 2014, Avella announced Wednesday. 

Shanahan will open the conference with a session on the optimal roles of payers, patients, specialty pharmacies and manufacturers in driving improved health outcomes. She will also reveal how payers and providers can best harness the unique “connector” capabilities of specialty pharmacies to engage patients, promote medication compliance and drive greater self-management of chronic health conditions. Shanahan will illustrate these capabilities through real-world examples and clinical best practices aligned with hepatitis-C and oncology treatment plans, Avella reported.

The theme of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s Specialty Pharmacy Conference, which takes place April 1 to 2, is “Integrating the Pharmacy and Medical Benefit.” The conference will be held during the first two days of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s Annual Meeting & Expo in Tampa, Florida.

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New Mexico pharmacists certified to prescribe overdose drug Narcan

BY Michael Johnsen

SANTA FE, N.M. — Pharmacists in New Mexico have become the first in the United States certified to prescribe Narcan (naloxone), which prevents or reverses the effects of opioids including respiratory depression, sedation and hypotension, according to a report published Wednesday by The New Mexican

The first 60 pharmacists have completed the training program, learning how to administer a nasal spray to a patient suffering from a drug overdose. 

Because New Mexico contains many rural areas, the local pharmacy may be the closest healthcare practitioner in many areas, the paper noted. 

There were as many as 500 statewide overdose reversals due to Narcan in 2013, the paper reported. “Narcan is one of the keys to preventing prescription drug overdoses,” Michael Landen, state epidemiologist with the New Mexico Department of Health, told the New Mexican. “Allowing people who need access to Narcan and having it available at most pharmacies is very important.”

 

 

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Missouri bill requires prescription dispensing fees paid for partial fills due to med sync programs

BY Michael Johnsen

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — According to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, a Missouri bill would require health benefit plans to reimburse pharmacies when they dispense less than a 30-day supply for the purpose of synchronizing a patient’s chronic medications. 

Further, the bill would prohibit plans from prorating dispensing fees based on a calculation of the days’ supply of medication dispensed. "Dispensing fees shall be determined exclusively on the total number of prescriptions dispensed," the bill reads. 

The bill also would require reimbursement when “the prescriber or pharmacist indicates the fill or refill could be in the best interest of the patient.”

 

 

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