Ernie Boyd Honored with Dargavel Medal for Leadership

Ernest Boyd, RPh, MBA, Executive Director of the Ohio Pharmacists Association has received the 2017 John W. Dargavel Medal from the National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation.  This award, sponsored by McKesson, “honors a person whose contributions on behalf of independent pharmacy embody the spirit of leadership and accomplishment personified by Dargavel, who was executive secretary of the National […]

Partnership for Safe Medicines Releases Report on Counterfeit Drugs Containing Fentanyl

According to a newly-released report on counterfeit medicines conducted by The Partnership for Safe Medicines, counterfeit prescription drugs containing the deadly ingredient fentanyl, most often illegally imported, have been found in as many as 40 states and are tied to deaths in more than a dozen states.   The report was compiled by reviewing court […]

Pfizer Announces Walgreens Partnership to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Pfizer announced this week that is partnered with Walgreens Boots Alliance to expand Walgreen’s safe medication disposal “take back” kiosks to bring the number of stores represented from 600 to 1,500.  AmerisourceBergen, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and Prime Therapeutics have also joined the partnership. The new kiosks will be on Walgreens stores near military […]

Illinois Pharmacists Embrace Mandates After Tribune Report

Many pharmacists, pharmacies, lawmakers, and pharmacy organizations viewed the December 2016 Chicago Tribune article as “an opportunity to address challenges to patient care,” Pharmacy Today reports.  Technology in pharmacies is one area of focus, and beginning in August, pharmacists are mandated to counsel patients filling new prescriptions in accordance with the Pharmacy Practice Act. “With […]

Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network Launches Payer Contract to Provide Clinical Care to Patients

The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network (PPCN), a separately owned network of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association, has partnered with Creative Pharmacist’s STRAND platform to help their member pharmacists provide comprehensive medication management services to their patients.  The STRAND software allows pharmacists to create eCare plans and bill for their clinical services. “PPCN is thrilled to be […]

CVS Health Announces New Initiatives to Fight National Opioid Epidemic

CVS Health announced earlier this month it’s new enterprise-wide initiatives aims at fighting the national opioid abuse epidemic.  Key components include: Expanding their drug disposal collection program, with the addition of kiosks at 750 CVS retail pharmacies nationwide, adding to the more than 800 units previously donated to law enforcement; Strengthening counseling for patients filling an […]