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Pharmacy Quality Measurement

Feb 20, 2015 Tags:

The Medicare Part D Star Ratings program has generated a lot of buzz in the past year, and pharmacy owners are asking questions about quality measurement, the ratings, and what effect they will have on their pharmacy. NCPA is running a series of short articles that discusses each of the measures published by the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, beginning with the five that are part of the Medicare Part D
Star Ratings program. The first article appeared in the June 2014 issue; this and all subsequent articles will be available at www.americaspharmacist.net.

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U.S. Painkiller Abuse ‘Epidemic’ May Be Declining, Study Says

Jan 20, 2015 Tags: Pharmaceuticals

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. "epidemic" of prescription-painkiller abuse may be starting to reverse course, a new study suggests.

Experts said the findings, published Jan. 15 in the New England Journal of Medicine, are welcome news. The decline suggests that recent laws and prescribing guidelines aimed at preventing painkiller abuse are working to some degree.

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Pharmacists Considered Honest, Ethical by Americans, Gallup Finds

Dec 23, 2014 Tags:

Alexandria, Va. Dec. 18, 2014 - The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) issued the following statement today from President John T. Sherrer, RPh (co-owner of Kenmar Pharmacy and Poole's Pharmacy in Marietta, Ga. and a partner in several other Georgia pharmacies) in response to the 2014 Gallup survey "U.S. Views on Honesty and Ethical Standards in Professions"

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NABP e-News: Medication Disposal Site Search Tool Now Available on AWARxE Website

Dec 18, 2014 Tags: CDC, DEA, FDA, Influenza, Medicare, Pharmaceuticals

To help visitors to WWW.AWARERX.ORG more easily find disposal locations in their area, the AWARXE® Prescription Drug Safety Program has launched a location-based search tool. Visitors who type an address, city, state, or zip code into the website’s new search tool will receive a list and map of the closest medication disposal sites. Law enforcement organizations, civic centers, and pharmacies are the most common sites where prescription drugs can be disposed of in a manner that is safe for family, friends, and the environment.

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PQA Endorses New Performance Measure and Receives NQF Endorsement on Two Additional Measures

Nov 21, 2014 Tags:

Springfield, VA (November 21, 2014) - The membership of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) has endorsed a new performance measure: Statin Use in Persons with Diabetes. This measure evaluates the percentage of patients ages 40 - 75 years who were dispensed a medication for diabetes and who also receive a statin medication. It is based on the 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular (ASCV) Risk in Adults. PQA member organizations had the opportunity to submit written comments regarding the newly developed and tested performance measure, participate in a phone conference hosted by PQA staff to discuss the measure and address questions, and, finally, to vote electronically on its endorsement. PQA was pleased that 90% of member respondents voted to endorse the Statin Use in Persons with Diabetes measure.

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