Why Europe? Why Now?

In Patient Engagement By Dr. Charles Shively / November 27, 2017

The 2018 America’s Pharmacy Tour has been invited to Europe and the Ukraine to share and contrast current directions for community and hospital pharmacy including healthcare. The first visit location in December of 2017 is Kyiv, Ukraine. Why the visit to Ukraine first…which is not a member of the European Union? Read more

Bioactive Peptides as Pharmacologic Agents for Metabolic Syndrome

In Healthcare Advances By Dr. Charles Shively / November 27, 2017

By definition a bioactive compound is a compound that has an effect on a living organism or tissue/cell. One large category of bioactive compounds are bioactive peptides. Organic in nature, they are formed by amino acids which join together through covalent bonds (amide or peptide bonds). These bioactive peptides are encrypted in the structure of parent proteins and can be released in-vitro and in-vivo as active secondary metabolites through cleavage of the larger prepropeptides.. Once active, these peptides may act as regulatory compounds with hormone or drug like activity. They eventually modulate various physiological functions through binding interactions to specific receptors on target cells leading to inducement of the physiological response. Read more

Come Along If You Dare

In Patient Engagement By Dr. Charles Shively / November 27, 2017

When did you last journey to the center of your mind? Ever? Never? In today’s healthcare environment, the use of psychedelic drugs is helping patient individuals (through clinical involvement) to relieve themselves of various challenges: depression, addiction (alcoholism, heroin, cocaine, smoking), schizophrenia and anxiety in terminal cancer patients. Is this true? YES! Read more

America's Pharmacy Tour Collaboration

In Pharmacy Advances By Dr. Charles Shively / October 23, 2017

Which comes first? Technology or Automation or Sustainability or Profitability. Read more

Commentary on Alternative Therapies and Life Style Interventions for Obese Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes

In Patient Engagement By Dr. Charles Shively / September 18, 2017

With obesity worldwide reaching pandemic levels (recent global research indicates over 2 billion individuals are either obese or overweight…one-third of the world population), it has pervaded countries with greatly different cultures and nutritional habits. Many different interventions have been offered and researched in the past ten years, with some intervention approaches being significantly better than others. As practitioners look for alternative therapies for patients who are obese with Type 2 Diabetes and view best practice approaches available, the current controversy using the traditional Metformin and GLP 1 Receptor Agonists (Byetta, Bydureon, Tanzaum, Trulicity and Victoza) has caused many practitioners to consider alternative therapies. Additionally, in the US alone, one-third of the 323 milllion population (2016) is classified as diabetic or pre-diabetic by the CDC (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Read more

Points of Difference Define Pharmacy Technology Today

In Pharmacy Advances By Dr. Charles Shively / August 29, 2017

How Is It We Are? Which comes first? Technology and automation or sustainability and profitability? In today’s independent pharmacy environment many of the needs for sustainability and profitability has caused an influx of new automated technologies that emphasize labor reduction, improved workflow efficiencies and error avoidance. Automated technology designers and equipment manufacturers have been brought to the independent pharmacy marketplace by these needs. Read more

Beyond the Genome and Pharmacogenetics: Precision Medicine

In Pharmacy Success By Dr. Charles Shively / July 18, 2017

Is Precision Medicine for You? Do you wish to foresee your individual health future? The decision to investigate what health challenges .each individual may experience is not for the weak of heart (no pun intended). Most healthcare practitioners embrace the need for interprofessional linkages with fellow professionals (physicians, pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and many others) as they work to provide personalized care for patient/customers. Read more

The Pride. The Passion. The Thrill of Pharmacy.

In Pharmacy Success By Dr. Charles Shively / March 29, 2017

Is this possible? YES. It exists in Aynor, South Carolina…the home of the local high school ”Battling Blue Jackets”. Where is this location that an independent Good Neighbor pharmacy is so successful? Horry County, South Carolina. The Aynor Family Pharmacy was built just four years ago and is positioned at 240 Eighth Avenue (just off SC 501), some thirty miles from North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and the Atlantic Ocean. Most important: Local patient/customers understand the meaning of “Family” in the Aynor Family Pharmacy name. Read more

Sustainability Toward the Intersection of Pharmacy Technology and Its Future

In Pharmacy Advances By Dr. Charles Shively / February 20, 2017

How Is It We Are? Where were we with pharmacy automation and pharmacy technology ten even five years ago? Can you recall? I do and it is such a success story. As pharmacists, we are ascending a very special path toward sustainability for independent pharmacy profitability. Why? Those independent pharmacies owners who have embraced newer technologies know this. Many large retail chains are even adopting the independent pharmacy learnings. How do we know independent pharmacy is on a special ascension? Read more

Seven Reasons Automated Will-Call Defines Cost-Benefit for Pharmacies

In Pharmacy Success By Dr. Charles Shively / February 10, 2017

Recent independent pharmacy visits have confirmed the value of in-place automated will-call or retrieval systems. This technology, when integrated within the existing pharmacy operational software, pays for itself through the savings in time and various costly error correction events that can occur during everyday pharmacy workflow. From my experience as a pharmacist, I offer the following reasons below. These reasons are based upon use of an Automated Retrieval System (the ARS) offered by RxMedic Systems of Wake Forest, NC. www.rxmedic.com. It is the only automated will-call retrieval system available today which is integrated into existing pharmacy software and is not a separate software add-on to deliver medications at point of sale. Read more