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Pharmacy owns medication adherence issue

BY Alaric DeArment

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT Of all the cells in the big organism known as health care, pharmacy is the right one to own the issue of medication adherence, as National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and CEO Steve Anderson pledged it would when commenting on a study published in the journal Health Affairs.

(THE NEWS: NACDS hails journal article’s emphasis on pharmacy’s role in medication adherence. For the full story, click here)

A physician treats a patient and writes a prescription, while a nurse supplements the physician’s care, but the pharmacist has an ability to help monitor patients’ drug treatment after they return home from their appointments, and the pharmacist can make sure they take their drugs the way they’re supposed to, while also ensuring that the therapies physicians prescribe are appropriate.

As healthcare professionals, pharmacists can do this through collaboration with other providers and thus play a significant role in patient care. But as the authors of the study wrote, pharmacists are often underused, so it’s up to them and the organizations that represent them to ensure that patients, payers and other providers know the widening variety of roles they can fulfill.

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Solantic launches mobile Web site

BY Antoinette Alexander

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Solantic walk-in urgent care has launched a mobile phone Web site that can be accessed by any mobile phone device that has Web-browsing capability.

 

The site features a listing of the company’s urgent care, wellness and workers’ comp/occupational health services; urgent care prices; insurances accepted; and information regarding Solantic’s urgent care locations in North Florida, North Central Florida, Central Florida, the Treasure Coast and South Florida. The application also includes click-through links to Google maps to assist users in locating the nearest Solantic center.

 

The site can be accessed at m.solantic.com.

Since its founding in 2001, Solantic has been a leader in applying retail concepts to the practice of urgent care medicine. Solantic has been referred to in the media as the "Starbucks of health care" as it posts simplified, three-tiered pricing on large menu boards, displays wait times on queue monitors, offers online registration, Solantic gift cards and a guarantee on its services — if a patient doesn’t feel better they can return to Solantic and be treated for free.

 

The company currently operates 32 centers, with plans to expand in 2010 through hospital joint ventures and franchising with physicians.

 

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NCPA to host three-day legislative conference

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON Hundreds of community pharmacists plan to rally in Washington next week for a three-day legislative conference with more than a dozen members of Congress, an organization representing independent pharmacists said Thursday.

The National Community Pharmacists Association announced the conference, taking place Monday through Wednesday at Washington’s Hyatt Regency.

Obama administration officials speaking at the event will include Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services chief medical officer for the Center for Beneficiary Choice Jeff Kelman and Federal Trade Commission deputy director of the Bureau of Competition Peter Levitas, both speaking Monday. On Tuesday and Wednesday, attendees will hear from such congressional speakers as Reps. Wally Herger, R-Calif., and Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., and Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. On Wednesday, they will attend a pharmacy rally on Capitol Hill where speakers will include Reps. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., Gerry Connolly, D-Va., Geoff Davis, R-Ky., and Walter Jones, R-N.C.

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