DSN’s Rx Impact March 2015: Community Pharmacy is the face of neighborhood healthcare in America

The stories in this exclusive RxImpact edition provide a myriad of examples of what community pharmacy can do — and is doing everyday — to help improve health care. Download ...

DSN editor addresses complexities of prescription drug anti-abuse policy in popular DC blog

In an op-ed in The Hill — a leading publication for members of Congress, policy makers and other Washington influencers — Drug Store News editor Rob Eder argues for the enactment of the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act (S. 483/H.R. 471). Read More ...

IMS: Americans filled a record 4.3 billion prescriptions in 2014

Total spending on U.S. medicines increased 10.3% on a real per capita basis to $373.9 billion in 2014, with a record volume of 4.3 billion prescriptions filled. Read More ...

WebMD designs medication alert function for its Apple Watch app

When the Apple Watch hits retailers on April 24, WebMD will feature an innovative new medication reminder function built into its app that's designed specifically for the Apple Watch. Read More ...

Current news

When used efficiently, out-window consultations are effective methods for consistent, monthly assessments of patients’ asthma control.
During your Comprehensive Medication Reviews with patients who have an asthma diagnosis, it is important that you assess if they have an action plan, review the action plan and assess use as well as if it is updated regularly.
One of the primary components of patient advocacy is collaborative communication with other members of the health care team, and using common terminology when communicating with prescribers regarding asthma control allows for succinct, efficient communication.
All pharmacists know, short acting beta2 agonist (SABA) inhalers are necessary for patients with asthma – they provide quick relief for symptoms.
The Virginia Serious Game Institute announced Monday that one of its initial high-tech startups, Professions Quest, has launched its flagship title Mimycx, a massively multi-player online serious game dedicated to revolutionizing knowledge exchange throughout the healthcare industry.
Kmart and Shop Your Way have unveiled the new Shop Your Way Pharmacy Rewards Program that gives members $10 back in points (10,000 points) for every five qualifying prescriptions filled in a rolling 12-month period.
The lack of government oversight enables giant pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to play a one-sided game often at the expense of everyone else, especially community pharmacies.
Consumers utilizing home-health technologies will increase from 14.3 million worldwide in 2014 to 78.5 million by 2020, according to a new report from Tractica released Monday.
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Community Pharmacy-Based Point-of-Care Testing certificate program kicked off this weekend at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy in Omaha, Neb.
Diplomat Pharmacy is seeking students for summer internship and fellowship programs for the summer of 2015, the specialty retailer announced Friday.

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