Ranks of e-prescribers jumped 105% in 2008

Prescriptions routed electronically more than doubled to 68 million in 2008, rising from 29 million in 2007. And the increased participation by payers in e-prescribing enabled access to prescription benefit and history information for 65% of patients in the U.S, […]

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Care facilities implement pharmacy automation system

Indianapolis-based institutional pharmacy Wellfount is implementing the Talyst InSite pharmacy automation system at 40 licensed long-term care facilities. The Talyst (Bellevue, WA) system is a freestanding, secure dispensing unit located on site.   Medication orders from the facility are approved […]

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Meanwhile, new report counts low- and medium-access physicians   To help drug sales reps enhance their credibility with the medical community, CMR Institute (Roanoke, VA) has launched an e-learning educational program covering such topics as anatomy, pharmacology, disease state management, […]

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Big companies can do big volunteering

McKesson has mustered over 14,000 employees to do a volunteer project of assembling and delivering care packages to some 16,000 hospitalized US veterans. The project is part of McKesson’s support of National Volunteer week, which ran April 20-25. Volunteers assembled […]

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Drug-withdrawal news spread via mobile technology

Physician subscribers to clinical content provider Epocrates Inc. (San Mateo, CA) information services learned via iPhone and BlackBerry of the early April voluntary phased withdrawal of Raptiva (efalizumab), the psoriasis treatment from Genentech.   “Within hours of the withdrawal, Epocrates […]

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Express Scripts Announces Acquisition of NextRx

The agreement by Express Scripts Inc. of St. Louis to acquire WellPoint Inc.’s (Indianapolis) NextRx subsidiaries for $4.7 billion is largely being viewed in a positive light, both strategically and operationally. The combined pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) entity is expected […]

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