The Benefits of Independent Pharmacists

When people need to fill a prescription, they often turn to corporate pharmacies who offer multiple locations within a single region, making them exceptionally easy to access. However, some people also choose to use large pharmacies by applying the “bigger is better” rule. A big, corporate pharmacy must surely be on its game more than…

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The Role Independent Pharmacists Play in Our Healthcare System

According to a recent Consumer Reports poll that gauged custom satisfaction with pharmacy services, “[Respondents] expressed their highest satisfaction rate (94%) regarding their experiences at a neighborhood independent pharmacy, based on pharmacists’ knowledge about drugs and other products, helpfulness and courtesy, speed, accuracy, and personal service.” By offering these benefits, an independent pharmacist does more…

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Medicare Five Star Rating: What is it, and How Does it Affect Patient Outcomes?

Medicare uses a five star rating system to assess the quality of Medicare Advantage plans. Unlike traditional Medicare plans, which the government sponsors, private insurance companies offer Medicare Advantage plans. Consequently, to maintain quality control over Medicare plans that private insurers offer, Medicare uses a five star rating system for Medicare Advantage plans. The system…

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How Pharmacies Can Help Improve Patient Adherence to Medication

Patient adherence is a term used to describe medical patients who take their medications as a physician directs. Currently, it is estimated that the U.S. healthcare system absorbs roughly $300 billion in medical costs due to patients’ non-adherence to prescribing protocols. The failure to adhere often results in poor health outcomes, which drive up healthcare…

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Medication Compliance: Five Factors That Contribute to Non-Compliance

The term medication compliance (a.k.a. medication adherence) refers to patients who take medications according to physicians’ prescribing recommendations. Following Doctors orders seems simple enough, but there is growing concern in the health industry today over medication non-adherence. There is mounting evidence that non adherence is associated with adverse outcomes for patients and higher costs of…

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Tips for Increasing Patient Medication Adherence

At a time when patients have more control over what medications they take, and how they take them, than ever before, patient medication adherence has become a major issue for our health care system. What many people don’t realize is the cost involved when patients do not practice medication adherence. When we say costs, we…

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Medication Compliance Packaging for Medicare Advantage: An Overview

There was a time when almost all medications in pill form were dispensed the same way. A pharmacist would use a pill counter (or count pills manually), carefully slide them into a translucent, amber-colored vial, apply the child-resistant lid, and then process the transaction. This process is still practiced today. However, in addition to using…

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How Blister Packaging Helps Improve Medication Adherence

To put it simply, medication adherence is a term that applies to patients who take the recommended dose of a medication that a licensed physician prescribes to them. At first glance, medication non-adherence only seems to affect the health of the patient. However, it can also have a significant impact on the bottom line of…

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RX Labels – Easy Online Ordering

Labeling for pharmacy Rx (Rx is a symbol that stands for “medical prescription,”) is a very important part of managing prescription medicine for patients. The labeling of the medicine must be clear and concise, so the patient knows exactly what is in the container, especially if the patient takes more than one prescription medication. Mixing…

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Holiday Prescription Bags – Online Ordering is Simple

‘Tis the season to be jolly, even for healthcare facilities, where most people associate more of a serious and straight faced insinuation when thinking about this industry. Though this innuendo regarding healthcare facilities may be held by most, it does not mean a lighter side cannot be displayed, especially during a time when most people…

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