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Prescription Perfect Storm® on the Horizon…the Clock is Ticking!

Category: Pharmacy Advances Written by Dr. Charles Shively / February 17, 2019

1.8 Billion New Prescriptions in 2014 Are you ready? With the Affordable Health Care Act apparently taking hold here in October of 2013, this isn’t just another Fall with early leaves falling and insurances beginning to change for many of our Medicare customers. I’ve mentioned in earlier articles that I dream a lot. My last dream was actually more like a nightmare. Consider the following thoughts. I sense it may even be a pharmacy workflowTidal Wave of challenges to many of the many pharmacy operations for which I consult. 1.8 Billion new prescriptions possible in 2014! Oh, my… Read more ...

Primary Care and Pharmacy: Sooner or Later?

Category: Patient Engagement Written by Dr. Charles Shively / February 17, 2019

Primary Care IS Pharmacy! Who here senses…as I do…that pharmacy owners can effort ROI success by establishing primary care centers within their existing operations?  Are we “on the same page”? Read more ...

Reelin’ In Quality of Life: Are You Ridin’ On?

Category: Healthcare Advances Written by Dr. Charles Shively / February 17, 2019

How is it we have Quality of LIfe? Female or male…who here wants to get their Quality of Life back? Are you a Searcher? Ready for Advancement and SLOWING AGE PROCESSES?  I’m in. Are You? Read more ...

Risk and Reward Go Hand in Hand

Category: Pharmacy Success Written by Dr. Charles Shively / February 17, 2019

Dispensing Medications or Dispensing Our Knowledge? “We put everything we are into every patient we service. Growth has occurred due to serving to the extreme our patient/customers. Today’s largest challenge is not quickly dispensing medications---rather dispensing our knowledge. Few pharmacies operate with this philosophy and few pharmacy school graduates enter their first positions with this awareness. Taking risks is almost an impossible consideration for new graduates and entrenched pharmacies with most independent pharmacist owners today due to their prior decisions. Rewards for the risk to be taken are typically not factored into the next opportunity (challenge)?” Read more ...

Smart Labels. Smart Receipts. What’s Next?

Category: Pharmacy Advances Written by Dr. Charles Shively / February 17, 2019

Kudos! A New Pharmacy Workflow  Enhancement Kudos to the Integral Solutions Group in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Their new ScriptChek® vial label and receipt is a long needed improvement to our traditional wrap around vial label and corresponding receipt. Does the label you currently print always seem to be too small to fit those deliciously complicated directions written by some practitioners? Would you agree? I like to think of this new design ScriptChek® label as “smart”. Read more ...

Synmed® Automation System is Poetry in Motion

Category: Pharmacy Success Written by Dr. Charles Shively / February 17, 2019

Is Synergy Like Poetry in Motion? What is synergy? "Combined action or operation" is Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary definition. Synergie Medicale of Longueuil, Quebec, Canada ( www.synmedrx.com ) has applied this definition to the development, manufacture and marketing of a sophisticated, highly-evolved pharmacy automated dispensing system designed to deliver multi-dose blister card-packaged oral solid medications. Read more ...

Tech-Savvy Pharmacies Using Automated Pharmacy Dispensing Are Ahead of the Curve

Category: Pharmacy Advances Written by Dr. Charles Shively / February 17, 2019

Many Information-Based Technologies Can Effect Patient Engagement and Adherence Located on the main floor of the full service Redfern Health Center Clinic is the Redfern Pharmacy. With an automated dispensing system, this pharmacy fills approximately 40 prescriptions per hour for a unique population...college students...attending Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. Read more ...

The Integration Advantage: Finding Hidden ROI

Category: Pharmacy Advances Written by Dr. Charles Shively / February 17, 2019

Do Pharmacies Have Hidden ROI? Successful pharmacy operations know this to be true. Recovery of hidden ROI (return on investment) can be accelerated through use of highly integrated workflow software combined with automated counting or dispensing systems. All pharmacies utilize pharmacy management systems today. Oft times, when automated equipment is used in the daily workflow, third party interfaces and workflow software are purchased separately to potentially increase efficiencies. Read more ...

To Leave Behind a Better Future: Medication Adherence

Category: Pharmacy Success Written by Dr. Charles Shively / February 17, 2019

Adherence. New word to pharmacists? New word to patients? New role for pharmacists? New role for patients? For the act of medication adherence to be successful, the patient must embrace a I'm Helping Myself ® posture regarding their health. Read more ...

Understanding the Value of Almased® on the Gut-Brain Connection

Category: Healthcare Advances Written by Dr. Charles Shively / February 17, 2019

Are you a "snacker"? You know, the 10AM, 2PM and 4PM need (cravings or lust?) for something to offset that hungry feeling. What controls that urge and the then-conscious decision to eat something...typically unhealthy? It's the gut-brain connection and result of lack of appetite control. Read more ...