The Independent Pharmacy Advantage and Patient Medication Adherence

How often do you conduct counseling sessions with your patients regarding their medications?
Chances are pharmacists at national chains don’t have much time to talk with their patients in person or know them by name. If a patient hasn’t spoken one-on-one with their pharmacist regarding their medication, they’re more likely to discontinue its use because they are unaware of how it may improve their condition.

Depending on the condition at hand, this could be a possible hazard to their health, and affect them negatively in the long run. This is what medication adherence is all about– patients refilling their prescriptions repeatedly in order to improve their health and well-being.

If you are a pharmacist at an independent pharmacy, you probably know the faces of many of your patients and have spoken with them on a personal level and chances are, you are the owner of the pharmacy in which you work.
If a patient knows their pharmacist personally, they are more likely to want to speak to them and have them address questions regarding their medications. As a result, your patient will more than likely keep refilling their prescription, and that will provide both medication adherence and better business for the pharmacy itself.

According to a recent study by Walgreens involving patients with high cholesterol, having at least two face-to-face pharmacist to patient counseling sessions will not only help to improve medication adherence, but will also improve patients’ health and may help avoid unnecessary hospital visits and health care costs. The study also addressed what factors may contribute to non-adherence when it comes to medications- which include perception of the value of therapy, fear of side effects, and difficulty in establishing a routine when taking the medication.

Face-to-face counseling sessions with your patients will help address all of these issues, as well as make them feel more comfortable taking the medication. Getting to know your patients on a personal level will also make them feel more comfortable and keep them coming back to your pharmacy every time.

PharmacyGPO Attends 2012 Texas Pharmacy Assocation Conference & Expo

PharmacyGPO, the nation’s first pharmacy buying group that generates new business for its members, attended the 2012 Texas Pharmacy Association Conference and Expo last week.

The conference, which was held in The Woodlands, Texas from July 26-28, featured many CE sessions including the “New Drug Update 2012” as well as “Pharmacist: The Most Transformative Force in Healthcare or the Demise of a Profession.” Both being highly beneficial, the first program updated listeners on new and recently approved drugs and the benefits of their use, while the other stressed the importance of being a health care provider, i.e. a pharmacist. These sessions were presented by professionals in the industry and were geared toward a diverse crowd– including pharmacists, students, technicians, and other professionals.

Attendees representing PharmacyGPO found the Expo to be a huge success for the company. During both days, PharmacyGPO’s booth was encompassed with heavy traffic as many attendees and exhibitors were intrigued by the unique model that the buying group offers.

Kelsey Ripper, Operations Coordinator at PharmacyGPO, found the Conference to be positive all around.

“PharmacyGPO’s presence at the Rxperts Conference and Expo seemed to make an impact on all that attended,” she said. “We are excited to spread the word on this new model buying group that will do more for their customers than any buying group has done in the past for a pharmacy.”

PharmacyGPO stressed the importance of leveraging the wholesaler relationship and getting more out of a buying group to pharmacy owners and pharmacy students alike. Upon graduation, they hope that students will be able to start their own independent pharmacies and utilize PharmacyGPO’s unique buying group offering to optimize their businesses.

PharmacyGPO looks forward to following up with new contacts from the conference and growing more independent pharmacies in the near future.