PrescribeWellness, McKesson AccessHealth team up to improve patient adherence
IRVINE, Calif. — PrescribeWellness, a provider of technological solutions to elevate the community pharmacist’s role in providing preventative healthcare services, has inked a strategic partnership with McKesson.
With this partnership, AccessHealth members will have access to PrescribeWellness’ medication synchronization software tool, StarWellness.
“We are very excited about our partnership with PrescribeWellness,” stated AccessHealth VP/GM, Kevin Connor. “The capabilities that the PrescribeWellness tool brings to independent pharmacy, particularly the StarWellness solution, are key to positioning our members and our network to be seen as top clinical performers."
“PrescribeWellness is thrilled to partner with McKesson AccessHealth to improve both efficiency of their members and the medication adherence of their pharmacy patients,” added Al Babbington, president and co-founder of PrescribeWellness. "Through our selective, strategic partnerships with the leading associations in the retail pharmacy industry, we’ve quickly established ourselves as the No. 1 resource in helping members improve customer engagement and patient adherence. Our partnership with McKesson Corporation reinforces that point. We are looking forward to working with their pharmacies.”
PrescribeWellness’ software is designed to make it easier for members to build customer loyalty and provide extended services such as appointment-based medication delivery. PrescribeWellness solutions also aim to improve a patient’s medication adherence and the pharmacy’s Star Ratings.
The pharmacy industry is rapidly shifting with an increase of narrow networks and a growing importance on clinical performance as a consideration for network access. AccessHealth continues to evolve in this shifting market by providing its members with the tools needed to help improve their clinical performance and ultimately better position their members for network inclusion in the future, the companies stated.
"Pharmacy reimbursement models are continuously evolving. Community pharmacy’s ability to provide solutions that help their patients improve their health and improve their scores across an increasing number of performance measures is a key to their survival.” added Tony Thuyen, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder of PrescribeWellness. “Unifying thousands of AccessHealth member pharmacies under one platform provides a significant voice to a variety of stakeholders and provides AccessHealth with a powerful message as they work with their PBM partners on future network inclusion, evolving reimbursement models, and new revenue opportunities."
Additional details on the partnership will be available at the McKesson ideaShare Conference on June 24 to 28 at the San Diego Convention Center.
GPhA’s Neas criticizes FDA for GDUFA delays
WASHINGTON — Ralph Neas, president and CEO of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, issued a statement Monday criticizing the FDA at the organization’s public meeting on the Generic Drug User Free Act.
“It is industry opinion that the FDA is falling short of meeting its commitment to GDUFA goals, resulting in decreased access for patients and billions of dollars in lost savings,” Neas said.
As the GDUFA nears its Sept. 2017 expiration date, the FDA is holding a hearing regarding re-negotiations. The GDUFA aims to provide widespread access to generic drugs and cut down on industry costs, according to the FDA’s website. It requires industry to cover user fees in order to “supplement the costs of reviewing generic drug applications and inspecting facilities.”
GDUFA is also designed “to reduce a current backlog of pending applications, cut the average time required to review generic drug applications for safety, and increase risk-based inspections.”
But with a generic drug application backlog of 4,000 and counting, the average time for reviewing applications is only increasing. The median review time has steadily increased from 30 months when GDUFA began in 2011. From FY2012 to FY2015, it rose to 31, 36, 42, and 48 months, respectively.
These delays “contribute significantly” to rising health care costs and affect millions of patients’ access to pharmaceuticals, Neas added. Industry experts estimate that the U.S. health care system lost more than $3 billion in savings due to first generic approval delays over the last year and a half.
“Millions of patients, businesses, taxpayers, prescribers, dispensers and others deserve better from the FDA,” Neas said.
In light of this lag, Neas said it was “especially confounding” that the FDA still has $277 million in unused funds from the generic industry, pointing out that these funds “could be applied to site inspections or approvals.”
Neas said he hopes the FDA will improve communication between the agency and manufacturers.
“Without more meaningful transparent correspondence, generic manufacturers are unable to plan for the critical steps in the market entry processes,” he said.
NCPA event unveils the 4 factors to ensure independent success in specialty
- There has to be a clinical value proposition that community pharmacy operators deliver beyond distribution of generic drugs at retail;
- There's an opportunity to really focus on disease states where there is a joint benefit to the health plan, patient and pharmacy;
- Community pharmacy needs to leverage their relationships with local providers in pursuit of disease-state and health condition management; and
- One of the bigger opportunities in ensuring success in the specialty space is data collection. "That data analytic aspect will drive [the business]," Mendelson said.