As pharmacists involved in daily work activities, it is often difficult to recognize or identify changes in our pharmacy or profession. I recently reviewed the 2014 National Pharmacist Workforce Survey, which has surveyed pharmacists since 2000. The most recent report, released in April 2015, provides data from 2014, and is an update to the 2009 survey. The report contains a wealth of information about the pharmacy profession, and I was most intrigued by the changing dynamics in pharmacy leading to the provision of more clinical services.
As community pharmacists, it is common sense to inform patients about the importance of filling all of their prescriptions at one pharmacy, preferably our own. We often give this recommendation without a second thought about why patients would be using multiple pharmacies, or switching from one to another in the first place. In addition to telling patients to use one pharmacy, it is important to address the underlying issues of why they are not.
In 1984, Congress adopted the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act of 1984—also known as the Hatch-Waxman Act—and shaped the modern world of generic drugs as we know it. Before the act was passed, generic drug companies were required to perform the same time-consuming and costly clinical trials as brand manufacturers, and were often subjected to costly patent infringement lawsuits. Prior to the Hatch-Waxman Act, abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) did not exist, and all drugs were required to navigate the new drug application approval process.
As healthcare professionals, our attire can impact our patients’ well-being, protect our personal comfort and safety, and reduce the risk of spreading infectious pathogens.

Pharmacies can take precautions to ensure that they are not unknowingly assisting medical identity theft.

After the Target Corporation credit card breach, which affected thousands of customers, people seem to be more leery of identity theft and the illegal use of their personal financial information.

While shopping for a new automobile for the first time in 7 years, my wife and I were in awe over the advances in technology. Little time was spent “under the hood” discussing the car’s engine and power. More time was spent discussing safety features, internal climate control, various audio options, and ways to use our phone safely when driving. Bragging about the number of cup holders has been replaced by the number of USB ports to charge our electronic devices.
"Change is never easy, but this is the opportunity we have been seeking for more than 2 decades, and it is a chance for us to demonstrate our clinical value.”
"As we start the new calendar year, many patients have new insurance coverage, changes to their existing insurance coverage, or an annual deductible that is reset in January.”
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing to survey pharmacists and patients on variations in the physical characteristics of generic drugs and patient perceptions. This is important to retail pharmacy, since approximately 85% of all prescriptions dispensed are generic medications.
"Pharmacies are now one of the entities that can become authorized collectors of unwanted controlled substances.”
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