New Chapter in Digital Health: e-Prescribing March 20, 2022, 4:06 p.m.
For years, when patients needed a new prescription or a refill on existing medication, they were required to make an appointment to see their doctor in person. However, when COVID-19 hit in 2020, lockdowns and closures forced a rapid shift to digital healthcare, with many in-person doctor appointments replaced by telemedicine or virtual visits — yet through it all, the need for prescription medications did not disappear.With the shift to digital health here to stay — a recent report found that almost half of Canadians have now accessed a physician using virtual care, and 91 percent are satisfied with the service they received — the healthcare industry faces some important questions.
Amazon Pharmacy launches prescription discount savings card for Blue Plan members in 5 states March 10, 2022, 7:05 p.m.
The discount card, administered by InsideRx, is offered through Prime Therapeutics and its Blue Cross and Blue Shield clients. To use MedsYourWay, customers must get their drugs from Amazon Pharmacy.
We should allow pharmacists to prescribe some medications Feb. 10, 2022, 6:40 p.m.
The benefits could be a game changer, especially in rural America. When it comes to testing and vaccinating, pharmacists have been irreplaceable. Nearly 200 million doses have been administered and reported by retail pharmacies. Even pharmacy technicians — the support staff at pharmacies — have proven they can vaccinate people safely, thanks to emergency deregulation that empowered them to do just that.
Growing Opportunities for Retail Pharmacies to Deliver High-Value Clinical Services Feb. 10, 2022, 6:39 p.m.
Pharmacists also spend a lot more time with patients, seeing them an average of 10 times a year versus just a couple of times annually for primary care physicians. All of this is to say that local pharmacies are vital healthcare destinations. As such, they need the right technologies to enable them to provide convenient, personalized care to patients, and to optimize workflows so they can better handle the growing demands of patients for that care.
Shifts in retail pharmacy are likely to exert force for disruption and innovation Feb. 10, 2022, 6:36 p.m.
Rapidly increasing cost pressures from regulatory agencies and payers will restrain the pharmacies and drug stores market,” according to the report. “Government budgetary pressures are leading to lower pharmacy compensation for most countries with public health care. The consolidation of pharmacy benefit management firms in the U.S. has worked similarly, driving lower costs and margins and shifting prescription volumes to delivery of direct or mail order.
Pharmacies increase retention with e-commerce specialists Feb. 10, 2022, 2:01 p.m.
Since March 2020, consumers have gravitated to online shopping in record numbers. New shopping behaviours have been embraced and maintained throughout the pandemic, and according to Forbes this eCommerce boom will intensify in the pharmacy sphere. “The global healthcare e-commerce market is estimated to reach $435.8 billion in revenue by 2025, therefore it is clear that there is both a want and a need for online health products and services among businesses and the general consumer population".
Digital Signage Integration for Pharmacies Feb. 10, 2022, 2 p.m.
In today’s modern world, digitalization is everywhere. Pharmacies and other health stores are no exception. A Hungarian pharmacy chain recently approached Wallboard with the need to install over 200 screens in its retail stores all across the country. Their vision was to fill these screens with images and videos engagingly promoting different pharmaceutical products. The goal behind this project was to advertise products to customers, and also sell digital signage advertising space to their suppliers.
Walgreens and CVS temporarily close some stores as Covid surges Feb. 10, 2022, 1:58 p.m.
In a statement to CNN on Friday, Walgreens spokesperson Kris Lathan said, "While the vast majority of our stores are open and operating with normal business hours, the ongoing labor shortage combined with the surge of COVID-19 cases has resulted in isolated instances in which we've had to adjust operating hours or temporarily close a limited number of stores."
Pharmacies shouldn't be the only place to get Paxlovid Feb. 10, 2022, 1:57 p.m.
In the penultimate week of 2021, the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization to Paxlovid, a two-drug antiviral developed by Pfizer for treating individuals ages 12 and up who test positive for Covid-19 and are at high risk for progression to the severe form of the disease. When started within five days of symptom onset, Paxlovid seems to be highly effective at reducing hospitalization or death. That the drug can be taken at home is a major benefit over other therapeutic options, including another pill, molnupiravir, which may be less effective, as well as remdesivir and sotrovimab, both of which must be administered intravenously at hospitals or clinics.
What do young female buyers want from retail pharmacy? Feb. 10, 2022, 1:56 p.m.
Each of the panelists shares their thoughts on what pharmacies could do to elicit more in-person visits from them, which includes a better offering of cosmetics and hair care products, and how social media plays a role in their own shopping preferences. The panel also shares insights on some of the differences between pharmacies on the East and West coast of the country, and how each could take notes on better improving their offerings.
Lula’s delivery tool gives convenience stores, pharmacies second sales channel Feb. 10, 2022, 1:55 p.m.
Convenience stores are typically places people run into while gassing up or if they need a quick snack, but when the global pandemic hit and no one wanted to go indoors with others, some could not survive.
Retailers, pharmacies to make free N95 masks available Feb. 10, 2022, 1:54 p.m.
The program is expected to be fully up and running by early February, and masks are to arrive at their destinations, which include local pharmacies and community health centers, with accompanying flyers and signage from the Department of Health and Human Services, which paid for the masks, according to a CNN report.
Pharmacist Interventions for Medication Adherence: Community Guide Economic Reviews for Cardiovascular Disease Jan. 3, 2022, 8:41 a.m.
The evidence shows that tailored pharmacy-based interventions to improve medication adherence are cost effective for cardiovascular disease prevention. For cardiovascular disease management, healthcare cost averted exceeds the cost of implementation for a favorable return on investment from a healthcare systems perspective.
Ontario to allow people with coronavirus symptoms to get tested at pharmacies Nov. 22, 2021, 2:13 p.m.
It will involve on-site PCR COVID-19 swab tests as well as a drop-off program for specimens collected at home, similar to the system being implemented at public schools across the province.COVID-19. An internal document sent to Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacy employees and obtained by CP24 this week says they will be able to accept symptomatic high-risk close contacts of those already diagnosed with COVID-19 and those with symptoms, by appointment only.
5 trends reshaping the role of pharmacies Nov. 22, 2021, 2:11 p.m.
With a growing awareness of the importance of health and care, pharmacies have an unprecedented opportunity to become central players in the new health economy. But with the opportunity also comes a challenge. To grow into their role as healthcare hubs for the community, pharmacies need to diversify their services, and focus on much more than simply delivering medications.
What do CVS store closures say about the future of pharmacies? Nov. 22, 2021, 2:10 p.m.
CVS says it is planning to close about 900 stores over the next three years, starting in 2022. The company says it’s an effort to review the retail side of its business, and focus on more health care services. The pharmacies of the future are going to be less about picture frames and beach balls, said Northwestern Professor Craig Garthwaite, and more about health services and primary care.
Healthcare network: Local pharmacy goes high-tech Nov. 22, 2021, 2:09 p.m.
Sehat Sathi is currently delivering healthcare services and products to more than 35 lakh families. By the end of 2021, it expects to digitalise 50,000 pharmacies. It is helping pharmacies to connect with more than 5000 doctors to provide consultations in rural areas. More than 30,000 medical stores are working with the Sehat Sathi app from 15 states, says Nikhil Baheti, co-founder of this Rajasthan-based startup. “Sehat Sathi app has created a network of local medical stores across over 600 towns and cities to strengthen healthcare accessibility,” he says.
This Mumbai-based healthtech SaaS startup is enabling offline medical stores to convert online Nov. 22, 2021, 2:09 p.m.
As per Indian Economic Survey 2021, the Indian pharma market is estimated at $42 billion. The retail pharmacy market is ripe for disruption with e-pharma players constituting 2-3 percent of the overall retail pie. With around 93 percent pharma retailing unorganised, offline pharmacies face issues, which technology can address, including fewer discounts, unavailability of medicines, and longer waiting time.
Pharmacies join Coles, Woolworths in selling Covid-19 rapid antigen tests Nov. 22, 2021, 2:08 p.m.
Covid testing kits will soon be sold at selected pharmacies across the country as Australia continues to reopen. Pharmaceutical company Roche Diagnostics Australia confirmed the Roche SARS-CoV-2 antigen self-test nasal kit would be sold at more than 500 pharmacies in NSW, Victoria, ACT and Queensland from November 1. The test comes in a pack of five tests for a recommended retail price of $54.50.