NACDS emphasizes pharmacy’s collaborative role in curbing Rx abuse, diversion
ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has announced that in lead-up to a hearing of the Subcommittee on Health of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, it has submitted a statement emphasizing the important collaborative role that pharmacy plays in helping to ensure that prescription medications are used appropriately and that local communities are safe. The association also offered recommendations to better integrate prescription drug monitoring programs into pharmacies nationwide.
According to NACDS, the statement underscores that the association and the chain pharmacy industry are committed to partnering with federal and state agencies, law enforcement agencies, policymakers, and others to work on viable strategies to prevent prescription drug abuse, such as prescription drug monitoring programs.
“Our members are engaged daily in activities with the goal of preventing drug abuse,” NACDS said in the statement. “Pharmacies submit information on the controlled substances they dispense. This includes information on the patient, prescribed drug dosage and quantity and the prescriber. This information allows the state to conduct confidential reviews to determine any patterns of potential abuse or diversion.”
“While most individuals take prescription medications responsibly, we recognize that the potential exists for controlled substances to be diverted and abused. Most states now utilize PDMPs as a tool to curb controlled substance abuse. Chain pharmacies work with state PDMPs in all states that have them,” NACDS said in its statement.
NACDS recommended workable solutions to ensure PDMPs be appropriately designed so they are not administratively burdensome or disruptive to patient care in the pharmacy. In addition, NACDS emphasized the importance of consistency of reporting requirements to improve interstate operability; providing sufficient time for pharmacies to comply with the PDMP integration requirements; the establishment of a national aggregated controlled substance database as opposed to a patchwork of state databases; and expanding and accelerating the use of electronic prescribing for controlled substances.
“E-prescribing holds great promise to generate a robust database of real-time information that could be used by DEA, state enforcement officers, pharmacies, insurers, wholesalers and other partners to assist with the proactive identification of prescription drug abuse,” NACDS said in its statement.
In reiterating its support for legislation that would reauthorize the National All-Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Act, NACDS concluded, “We are committed to the health and welfare of our patients and the communities they call home. We believe that PDMPs are critical tools in combating prescription drug abuse and we encourage providing resources to ensure the viability of PDMPs.”
Navarro Discount Pharmacy recognized for patient therapy management
MIAMI — Navarro Discount Pharmacy has been selected by OutcomesMTM as 1-of4 pharmacies in the Southeast region recognized for its commitment to patient therapy management and the health of its patients.
“We are honored to receive this recognition which highlights our continued commitment to patient health, education and the individualized attention we provide our patients on a daily basis,” Albert Garcia, EVP of pharmacy at Navarro Discount Pharmacy stated. OutcomesMTM designs, delivers and administers MTM programs.
OutcomesMTM pharmacists team
Recognized as the pharmacy representative for the Southeast region, Navarro Discount Pharmacy’s Targeted Intervention Program’s success percentage was more than twice as high as the average of other pharmacies within the region. Scoring is based on getting pharmacists involved in making a face-to-face difference for their patients in the most efficient way possible. Navarro pharmacists are focused on medication issues such as non-adherence, high-risk medications and identifying cost-saving opportunities for patients.
Retailers, pharmacy trade and professional groups sponsor Capitol Hill health fair
WASHINGTON — More than six dozen pharmacists and pharmacy students from in and around the District of Columbia offered free health screenings on Capitol Hill Tuesday as a way to promote awareness of the role pharmacists play in the healthcare system.
The screenings for bone density, body composition, glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and consultations were given to more than 200 members of Congress, staff, aides and the general public, sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the National Community Pharmacists Association, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Congressional Community Pharmacy Caucus.
"Pharmacist-provided patient care is an important service for many people throughout the country," APhA EVP and CEO Thomas Menighan said. "Pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare provider, with pharmacy locations in almost eery community in America. Pharmacists demonstrated knowledge and training, combined with this accessibility, makes them a valuable member of a patient’s healthcare team."
Other sponsors of the event included Rite Aid, Albertsons, Walgreens, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy.