November is National Diabetes Awareness Month – Are You Prepared?

Posted Nov. 3, 2014

Here are some suggestions for what you can do to promote diabetes awareness in your pharmacy:

  • Place diabetic supplies in a prominent display for the diabetics who do business in your store.
  • Host a free glucose screening day and encourage potential diabetic patients to make appointments with their doctor.
  • Use signage to provide education on the symptoms of undiagnosed diabetes as well as preventing diabetes through a healthy lifestyle.

More information and educational materials are available on the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) website, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:  http://ndep.nih.gov/ as well as the American Diabetes Association: http://www.diabetes.org/

 
The Importance of the Independent Pharmacy

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Anda, a valued vendor partner of PFOA, has recently produced a video highlighting the importance of independent pharmacies and their commitment to serving them. Please take a few minutes to view the video at: AndaNet.com

 

 
Dave’s Corner

Posted Oct. 22, 2014

David Mayper Executive Director PFOAWelcome to the last quarter of 2014. We are committed to using the time to finish this year on a high note and begin planning for a successful 2015. September brought a swing through New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania as I worked with Ann Benyo in her territory. I had the opportunity to meet with a good number of existing members and potential members in the area. I received great feedback from our members. I traveled to St Louis at the end of the month allowing me to set up some meetings with key vendors, some of our staff, Rod McCann our PBM consultant and board members. It also gave me an opportunity to discuss a Health insurance opportunity some of our members may consider.

 

On October 1, Don Schreiber, Larry McIntosh and I traveled to Chicago to participate in our PBM’s board meeting where we listened to opportunities being pursued. Management laid out for us the beginnings of Choice Rx Solutions business plan for 2015. An additional nvestment has been voted on and approved for each of the participating principals. Choice RX Solutions personnel reported on their participation in the SIA annual meeting where they received strong exposure and some good leads. They also announced that they signed a group of 700 lives for prescription services beginning Jan 1, 2015. Radio and video spots have been developed and are running. They will  be made available to members and staff for appropriate use.

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Choice Rx Solutions

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PFOA Members – Below are links to a recent interview of Dino Dibella R.Ph, Sales Director for our PBM, Choice Rx Solutions. Dino explains why it is important for a patient to know their PBM, the value of local pharmacy vs. mail order and much more.

 

For more information about our PBM, please visit www.choicerxsolutions.com

 
Congress to Investigate 'Soaring Generic Drug Prices'

Posted October 17, 2014

By Michael Johnsen  Published in Drug Store News (edited)

 

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., earlier this month launched an investigation into soaring generic drug prices.

 

“We are conducting an investigation into the recent staggering price increases for generic drugs used to treat everything from common medical conditions to life-threatening illnesses,” Sanders, chairman of a Senate health care subcommittee, and Cummings, ranking member of the House oversight committee, wrote in letters to 14 pharmaceutical companies.

  

Cummings and Sanders cited a survey that found pharmacists across the country “have seen huge upswings in generic drug prices that are hurting patients” and having a “very significant” impact on pharmacists’ ability to continue serving patients. The study for the National Community Pharmacists Association also found some patients refused to fill needed prescriptions because of rising prices.

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