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Pharmacy Podcast Episode 183 The RxSafe Pharmacy Automation Difference

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.

 

Brian Kichler
Vice President, Customer Operations
P:  760-593-7161 C:  760-214-2055 E:  bkichler@rxsafe.com
800 N. Twin Oaks Valley Road, Suite 101
San Marcos, CA 92069

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#NCPA2014

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.

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Pharmacy Podcast Episode 181 The Patient Access Network Foundation

Mission Statement

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.

Vision Statement

The PAN Foundation envisions a society in which every individual can access needed medical care, offering hope for a healthy tomorrow.

About PAN  

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.  

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Pharmacy Podcast Episode 180 Facts about Ebola with Dr. Anyssa Garza

Thank you RxWiki - sharing the truth about Ebola:

With the World Health Organization (WHO) recently naming the Ebolaoutbreak in West Africa an international public health emergency, speculation about the virus has run wild on the Internet and in other forums.

 

Ebola is a virus that causes Ebola virus disease, which can have a fatality rate as high as 90 percent, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The virus's origins are unknown, but scientists have speculated that outbreaks usually begin with infected animals like monkeys.

Despite numerous official statements from WHO, the CDC and other health organizations, there are many misconceptions about Ebola. The following are some of those misconceptions.

Ebola Is Airborne

Despite what doomsday forecasters may say, you can't get Ebola from the air — or water or food, for that matter.

The only way to contract Ebola is by coming in contact with infected bodily fluids, the CDC reports. Bodily fluids that can spread the Ebola virus include blood, saliva and urine.

If an object like a needle or other medical instrument has been exposed to an Ebola patient's bodily fluids, that object can also spread the virus.

Even physical contact won't spread Ebola as long as the uninfected person doesn't come into contact with the infected person's bodily fluids.

Recommended Ebola prevention methods are similar to those of many other viruses — wash your hands regularly and don't touch an infected person.

Infected People Spray Blood

The former name of Ebola virus disease was Ebola hemorrhagic fever.

Hemorrhaging (veins or arteries rupturing and bleeding) evokes a nightmarish image of blood spraying from every orifice — which may be why TV and movies portray Ebola like this so often.

While Ebola is certainly deadly, external bleeding only happens in some Ebola cases, according to WHO. And blood doesn't spray from infected patients' bodies.

Visible Ebola symptoms include a sudden, acute fever, vomiting and diarrhea. Medical testing can reveal less visible symptoms like kidney and liver damage and a lowered white blood cell count.

Bringing Infected Americans Back for Treatment Will Cause an Outbreak

When a man with high fever who had recently visited West Africa stepped through the doors of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, fears of an Ebola outbreak in the US ran high.

Mount Sinai has since announced that the man did not have Ebola, but the two American health care workers in Africa who recently returned to the US for treatment did — and their return sparked some debate about the safety of purposefully bringing the virus into the country.

As of publication time, though, the American patients were alive. Ebola may not be as fatal as it once was, said Donald Allegra, MD, chair of Infection Control and Pharmacy/Therapeutics at Newton Medical Center in Newton, NJ.

"It was previously thought that this disease was almost universally fatal but now with our two Americans in Atlanta doing better and only about 55 percent mortality overall, significant numbers of patients are surviving and it would be interesting to know what the factors are that are helping many patients to survive," Dr. Allegra told dailyRx News.

While an outbreak could technically happen anywhere, it's less likely in the US than in developing nations like Sierra Leone and Liberia, said Dr. Daniel Bausch in an interview with Voice of America.

Many of the hospitals in the heart of the Ebola outbreak area — including West African countries Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria — are stretched too thin when it comes to medical supplies, medicines and health care workers, making containment of the virus more difficult.

In contrast, the man at Mount Sinai Hospital was immediately put into quarantine and under constant medical care until he was cleared.

Ebola Is Curable

Currently, there is no vaccination or cure for Ebola. Despite this fact, rumors and myths about Ebola cures abound.

WHO lists a few practices that have been falsely labeled as cures for Ebola. These include eating raw onions, drinking condensed milk and taking antibiotics, which fight bacteria, not viruses like Ebola.

One treatment, however, is showing some promise, but its effectiveness has not been confirmed. The medicine is known as ZMapp, and it is supposed to block Ebola from spreading in the body.

Before the two American Ebola patients opted for the experimental treatment, the only tests researchers had conducted with it were on animals.

Ebola Has Spread to the US

Although CDC officials believe Ebola spreading to the US is likely in the future, they also say it will not be a large outbreak. CDC Director Tom Frieden cited airline travel as the culprit in the spread of the virus across continents.

"We are all connected and inevitably there will be travelers, American citizens and others who go from [West Africa] and are here with symptoms," he told Business Insider. "But we are confident that there will not be a large Ebola outbreak in the US."

However, the only American to have died from Ebola in the current outbreak so far was in West Africa at the time of his infection.

Anyssa Garza,Pharm.D.  

RxWiki  Director, Life Sciences Library  

Anyssa.Garza@rxwiki.com

 

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Pharmacy Podcast Episode 179 Government Affairs Expert Steve Pfister

SVP, Government Affairs at National Community Pharmacists Association

 

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) has appointed Washington veteran Steve Pfister as Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, to lead the association's advocacy to federal and state policymakers on behalf of independent community pharmacies and the patients that they serve, the association announced today.

"NCPA's calling card is effective advocacy on behalf of the tremendous service and value that independent community pharmacies provide to patients and health plan sponsors," said NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA. "Steve brings a wealth of experience and wisdom that will help take NCPA's advocacy to the next level. He has successfully represented retail small businesses for years and that experience will translate effectively to his work here on behalf of community pharmacies."

"I'm pleased to have the opportunity to advocate on behalf of community pharmacies across the nation," Pfister said. "NCPA has a vibrant and committed membership and strong grassroots capabilities which will serve us well as we tackle critical issues facing the industry."

Pfister comes to NCPA from Total Spectrum, a public affairs firm where he served as Partner. Previously, he was Senior Vice President for Government Relations at the National Retail Federation (NRF) for 12 years. He directed the federation's legislative, regulatory, political and grassroots activities. Pfister also served as a member of the executive staff and was the primary legislative and political liaison to NRF's Board of Directors.

In all, he served at NRF for 24 years, playing a pivotal role in the most significant legislative and regulatory initiatives that faced the retail industry and business communities over the past two decades concerning tax, health and benefits, banking/credit and labor-management relations issues.

Pfister also served as a Republican Floor Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives for five years. He is a graduate of the State University of New York, in Plattsburgh, and is a native of upstate New York.

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Pharmacy Podcast Episode 178 Preservation & Profitability of Independent Pharmacy

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/

KC Pharmacy
Gigi Seraka
8988 Lorton Station Blvd
Lorton, VA 22079
(703) 339-9599
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Mission

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.

History

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.
 
The voices of democracy speak loudly, especially when many voices join together. The Kentucky Pharmacists Association offers its members the opportunity to band together with like minded voices to be heard. By uniting members for a single cause, KPhA can benefit pharmacists in all practice settings. We also alert our members on rapidly changing healthcare issues via multiple technologies, publications and educational seminars.
 
Throughout its history, the Kentucky Pharmacists Association has maintained a positive and respected position in the Commonwealth's political arena. To Kentucky legislators and Kentucky executive branch officials, KPhA is the voice of pharmacy concerning legislative and regulatory matters. We are affected by the decisions of government officials, insurance companies, the Board of Pharmacy, and elected officials. Maintaining KPhA's presence in the Capitol is a high priority for the association. Political advocacy for the profession of pharmacy is vital to preserve a favorable and progressive environment for the practice of pharmacy in the Commonwealth. We believe protecting and serving pharmacists is the most important function of KPhA.

Robert L. (Bob) McFalls

Executive Director/CEO

Kentucky Pharmacists Association

Kentucky Pharmacy Education Research Foundation

Rx Therapy Management, LLC

1228 U.S. 127 South

Frankfort, KY 40601

rmcfalls@kphanet.org

T.502.227.2303

F.502.227.2258

www.kphanet.org

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Pharmacy Podcast Episode 176 Ensuring Patient Safety by Leveraging Automation

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.

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Pharmacy Podcast Episode 175 Growing Your Compounding Pharmacy

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?

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