Fri, 31 October 2014
The RxSafe 1800™ System allows retail pharmacies to finally realize the enormous potential of pharmacy automation technology. We could have developed yet another automated dispensing system, but we chose to combine dispensing with comprehensive inventory and workflow solutions.
Our technology stores and automates up to 5,400 prescription containers in less than 40 square feet of space and realizes a peak capacity of over 100 scripts/hour with a single technician, filling 100% of your daily requirements. As a point of comparison, most vial-filling robots can automate approximately 200 medications and fill no more than 60% of your daily requirements.
For the first time, one automation solution lets pharmacies maintain an unprecedented level of control in inventory management, security, and prescription filling.
RxSafe, LLC was founded by William Holmes, who has devoted much of his professional career to the development of automated storage and dispensing equipment. He holds BSME And EMBA degrees and has been granted 49 U.S. and foreign patents.
Tue, 28 October 2014
The Pharmacy Podcast Show Traveled to Austin, TX to Stay on the “Cutting Edge” in Patient Services
Over 3,000 pharmacy industry professionals traveled to Austin, TX to attend the National Community Pharmacists Association’s (NCPA) 116th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition to highlight the importance of independent community pharmacy to our health care system and to promote patient health.
During the convention, attendees heard remarks from noted investor and business advisor Guy Kawasaki and singer/songwriter David Carroll whose viral video “United Breaks Guitars” influenced how companies approach customer service. Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in continuing education seminars as well as in round table discussions with their fellow pharmacists to discuss emerging trends, technologies and best practices.
Thu, 23 October 2014
The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation offers help and hope to people with chronic or life-threatening illnesses for whom cost limits access to breakthrough medical treatments.
The PAN Foundation envisions a society in which every individual can access needed medical care, offering hope for a healthy tomorrow.
It’s a harsh reality. Healthcare is one of the top social and economic problems facing the United States today. The inability to pay for essential medical care isn’t just a significant problem for the uninsured, but also for those with health insurance.
Because of rising deductibles and co-pays, many insured patients with chronic diseases are struggling to pay for the care they need. Those who can’t afford their treatments are often unable to continue compliance or end up refraining from seeking care all together; simply because they don’t have available funds to cover the costs.
Unfortunately, few options exist for financially-needy patients. Many are not only faced with rising premiums, deductibles, and co-pays, but also limits on coverage for various services, or services which are excluded—all which contribute to a dramatic increase in out-of-pocket expenses.
The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation was founded in May 2004 as a solution to help the underinsured access the health care they so desperately need to continue living a relatively normal and productive lifestyle.
Since then, PAN has provided more than 300,000 underinsured patients with over $700 million dollars in much needed financial assistance to cover out-of-pocket medical expenses. Many of these patients would have few alternatives without the help of PAN. That’s why charitable donations from both the public and private sector are so crucial to continuing the financial assistance provided by the Foundation.
The PAN Foundation is an independent, national 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to providing underinsured patients with co-payment assistance through nearly 60 disease-specific programs that give them access to the treatments they need. We have an impressive administrative fee of only 5%. This means $0.95 of every dollar received will go directly towards helping our patients. For the last six years, less than one penny of each dollar contributed to PAN has been spent on fundraising.
Please watch these videos and learn more about PAN and the work we do. Meet some of our Board members, staff, providers and patients and hear firsthand how exactly PAN is fulfilling its mission of providing help and hope.
Thu, 23 October 2014
Ebola Is Airborne
Infected People Spray Blood
Bringing Infected Americans Back for Treatment Will Cause an Outbreak
Ebola Is Curable
Ebola Has Spread to the US
RxWiki Director, Life Sciences Library
Thu, 16 October 2014
Thu, 9 October 2014
Gigi Seraka - KC Health Mart Pharmacy, Lorton, VA
After 17 years working in a large retail pharmacy, Gigi Seraka wanted to do pharmacy her way. So when the owner of a local independent pharmacy thought it was time to retire and contacted her, she was interested. But she didn't quite know what to do.
Gigi Googled "buying a pharmacy" and was directed to RxOwnership.com. After she filled out the contact form on the website, a McKesson advisor called her and soon after met her to discuss her ownership ideas. As it turned out, the pharmacy seller was a McKesson customer, so he also recommended RxOwnership as a resource that could help Gigi with her pharmacy-ownership dream.
"I had no idea what was involved in the pharmacy-ownership process or how to do it," says Gigi, "but RxOwnership [Chris Cella] knew exactly what to do. He provided me with a guide that had all the steps I needed to help me through the process. He visited me multiple times before my purchase was finalized and he was so encouraging — he was awesome."
RxOwnership has a tool (the Pharmacy Valuation Tool) that helps evaluate the price of an existing pharmacy, which is essential in determining whether the pharmacy is a good investment. After RxOwnership assisted Gigi in running the numbers to determine a fair price, they also helped her work out a financing deal directly with the seller. McKesson was also able to help in the financing. In October 2011 Gigi started running the pharmacy for the previous owner and within four months, Gigi took over ownership of her pharmacy.
"I don't think this would have happened without the help of RxOwnership. After learning about my background they assured me I could be successful. I don't know how many times I called them with questions. But each time, they were right there to explain and lead me through each step."
Gigi renamed her pharmacy KC Health Mart Pharmacy, which she feels has helped her bring in new customers that recognize the Health Mart name. That, combined with her outstanding reputation, the personalized service she's able to extend in her new setting, and her commitment to building a true community pharmacy, has helped her achieve success (improved volume and gross margin) in her first months as an owner.
Gigi also thanks McKesson's service support. "One night I was losing sleep over the accounts receivable on my statement. The next morning I called McKesson's Accounts Receivable Assistance and they took the time to explain my statement and assured me that everything was OK. It set me at ease. I can't imagine doing this on my own."
Now that she's off and running, Gigi's looking forward to doing more community outreach. She's getting to know the people and doctors in her surrounding community and they're getting to know her. She's setting up a delivery program, and she's looking to focus more on her marketing strategy and use Health Mart's ready-to-use marketing tools to help her.
"After seeing what I've done, a lot of my friends who also want their own pharmacies figure I'm an expert. They ask my advice. I tell them to call RxOwnership."
RxOwnership - http://www.rxownership.com/
8988 Lorton Station Blvd
Lorton, VA 22079
Tue, 7 October 2014
The mission of the Kentucky Pharmacists Association is to promote the profession of pharmacy, enhance the practice standards of the profession, and demonstrate the value of pharmacist services within the health care system.
Proudly Serving Kentucky Pharmacists Since 1879
The Kentucky Pharmacists Association is the largest professional organization representing pharmacists in the Commonwealth and has been serving its members since 1879. KPhA is the voice of pharmacists from all practice settings concerning education, policy, legislative, and regulatory matters to shape and improve the future of healthcare across Kentucky and the United States.
Robert L. (Bob) McFalls
Kentucky Pharmacists Association
Kentucky Pharmacy Education Research Foundation
Rx Therapy Management, LLC
1228 U.S. 127 South
Frankfort, KY 40601
Fri, 3 October 2014
Patient Care & Assuring Patient Safety by leveraging Pharmacy Automation:
About Pharmacists Mutual Companies
Pharmacists Mutual Companies (PMC) has evolved into a specialized insurance resource for pharmacists, dentists, home medical equipment providers, home healthcare providers and other health professionals. Founded in 1909 as "Druggists Mutual Insurance Company of Iowa" by pharmacist, Al Falkenhainer; it was and remains today, a true mutual company, owned by our policyholders. Falkenhainer's goal was to provide low-cost insurance and prompt, fair claims service to members of the pharmacy profession. But more than that, he wanted to establish a company that could respond to the needs of the industry. More than one hundred years later, that goal still guides our company as we serve a variety of health professionals.
Today, Pharmacists Mutual operates in 49 states and the District of Columbia, and has grown to be a nationally recognized leader in serving the insurance and risk management needs of the healthcare industry under the Pharmacists Mutual and PMC Insurance Solutions umbrella of companies: Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company, Pharmacists Life Insurance Company and PMC Advantage Insurance Services, Inc.
About Kirby Lester:
Our Mission: Always Accurate, Affordable, Reliable, Simple.
Since 1971, Kirby Lester has been reducing counting errors at a fraction of the cost of other automated dispensing devices. In fact, with systems that pay for themselves in months instead of years, Kirby Lester delivers the best quality control and return on investment possible.
But accuracy and ROI aren't the only things on which we hang our lab coat. Our systems also make good sense because they are remarkably easy to use. All you need is a little counter space, a short tutorial, and you're in business. No other pharmacy technology company offers such practical, affordable, no-nonsense solutions. That makes us unique.
Along with our simple, world-renowned tablet counters/pill counters, we offer systems that feature the latest in efficiency and dispensing safety like cassettes that automatically double-count, workflow software, onscreen drug imaging, order tracking, pharmacy management system interfacing, and other features previously only available on more expensive and complicated systems. We not only help improve counting accuracy and reduce labor time, but we also help eliminate errors. We offer a full line of durable tablet counting and bottle filling systems for settings as diverse as pharmaceutical and supplement manufacturing, agriculture, even law enforcement.
But the thing that really makes us beam with pride is you. Today, more than 40,000 retail, hospital, specialty and mail order pharmacies and manufacturers in almost 40 countries rely on Kirby Lester. That's an amazing vote of confidence in our people, our technology and our company. And as long as our customers have a need to operate safer, simpler and smarter, we'll provide the means. You can count on it.
Direct download: Kirby_Lester_Pharmacy_Podcast_V4_Final.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 3:18pm EST
Wed, 1 October 2014
On today's #RxChat Pharmacy Podcast Show - we talk with Scot Maitland Publisher of Pharmacy Marketing Quarterly & Hytality the Owner of Tacit Almonds Publications.
Scot is a Health & Wellness Social Media Expert.
This week's #RxChat questions:
1) Does your pharmacy offer compounding services?
2) If so, are your patients aware of all the services you can provide?
3) If not, how can you as a pharmacy advertise your services?
4) What, if any, challenges are you facing in regards to compounding?
5) What are your hopes for your compounding services?