How to Prepare for Success with Your Parata PASS

A true adherence program with packaging will impact your pharmacy’s workflow. It’s a very different model than simply filling scripts as patients walk in or call in refills. To make this transition easier, prepare your pharmacy, patients, and partners in advance.

We spoke with pharmacy owner Lindsay Dymowski to learn how she laid a plan for success with Parata PASS before it even arrived.

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How to Boost Your Adherence Program with Parata’s Help

It can be tempting to take the “If you build it, they will come” approach to your pharmacy’s retail adherence program. But, you won’t see the full benefits of your program that way. Once you’ve kicked off your program, it’s time to make sure your patients and partners know about your new offering.

Parata provides many tools you can use to make this easier and faster. We spoke with Lindsay Dymowski to learn how she uses these resources to grow her adherence program.

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How to Earn Doctors’ Trust with Medication Management

As pharmacies begin to work more closely with their prescribing physicians, many encounter this hurdle: they have to get doctors and nurses to rethink pharmacy.

With a true medication adherence program, you’re not simply dispensing medications. You’re at the center of patient care. This presents an opportunity to redefine your relationship with these doctors.

Learn how Centennial Pharmacy earns doctors’ trust through medication management and ongoing communication.

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Why You Should Offer MTM in Your Patients’ Homes

Studies show face-to-face contact with a pharmacist and a comprehensive set of services — like medication therapy management and adherence packaging — have a greater impact on patient outcomes than medication synchronization alone.

That’s why we consider an in-person MTM session or CMR to be an essential first step of enrolling a new patient into your adherence program. This is your chance to sit down with the patient to review and capture everything he’s taking, from all doctors and pharmacies.

We spoke with pharmacy owner Lindsay Dymowski to learn why she does these first meetings in patients’ homes.

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Can Pharmacists Play A Strategic Role In Improving Patient Outcomes And Preventing Hospital Readmissions?

Can Pharmacists Play a Strategic Role in Improving Patient Outcomes and Preventing Hospital Readmissions?

As health care reform shifts from volume-based care to value-based care, many question whether pharmacists can play a strategic role in improving patient outcomes and preventing hospital readmissions. We believe the answer is yes, most definitely! And Parata customers and pharmacists Tim Wright and his wife, Nora Wright, are proof that they can do just that. The couple own and operate Wagner Pharmacies, with four locations in Clinton, Iowa.

The Wrights developed a data-driven clinical program, MedAssist, designed to improve patient outcomes and position their pharmacy for success in the changing health care landscape. The Wrights fundamentally believe that pharmacists can improve outcomes and reduce readmissions through a robust medication adherence program supported by patient education and internal communication.

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How To Securely Automate Schedule II Prescription Drugs Under New DEA Regulations

How to Securely Automate Schedule II Prescription Drugs under New DEA Regulations

On Monday, October 6, a number of prescription drugs changed classification under the Controlled Substances Act. All hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) are now Schedule II substances, which are more tightly controlled.

HCPs are the most prescribed medications in America, with 135 million prescriptions filled in 2012. In a letter to the DEA, organizations representing more than 100,000 pharmacists emphasized the importance of remembering that millions of Americans legitimately rely on HCPs for acute and chronic pain management.

Because HCPs are fast-movers, many pharmacies have relied on automation to dispense them. The regulatory change impacts the way pharmacies will label and package these prescriptions, as well as their security protocols, inventory, recordkeeping and reporting and more. For many pharmacies, this means removing Schedule II drugs from automation and more time counting by hand.

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Gateway Apothecary Earns Award For Excellence In HIV Care

Gateway Apothecary Earns Award for Excellence in HIV Care

We’re so proud of Parata customer, Gateway Apothecary in St. Louis, Mo., for receiving the Peter M. Fox Excellence in HIV Credentialing Award, presented annually by the American Academy of HIV Medicine.

Today, more than 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV, and the Center for Disease Control estimates 50,000 new cases of HIV are diagnosed each year. With new drugs available to treat HIV/AIDS, the number of AIDS-related deaths in the U.S. has dropped dramatically.

With nearly 9,000 new HIV diagnoses over two decades in the St. Louis region alone, Chris Geronsin, pharmacist and owner of Gateway Apothecary, identified an opportunity for Gateway to collaborate with area physicians in a program to improve adherence rates for their HIV patients. Geronsin’s pharmacy has supported HIV patients since the 1990s and today Gateway pharmacists support nearly 700 HIV patients monthly.

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In America’s Pharmacist: The Right Way For Adherence

In America’s Pharmacist: The Right Way for Adherence

“So you have this chain of trained people — chemist, physician, pharmacist — and what do you do? You give [medications] to the person who’s least capable of handling them — the patient. And for years, you’ve been doing it over and over and expecting different results. It’s not working.”Bob Lomenick, a multi-pharmacy owner, tells this story often: how his son so clearly explained the need to change the way patients receive and take medications, so the burden of medication management does not fall solely on their shoulders.

This became the genesis for Lomenick’s retail adherence program, Right Way Meds.

Using Parata PASS™ strip packaging as the cornerstone of his adherence program, Lomenick has improved patient adherence and outcomes, secured the 10 percent of his patients who represent half of his revenue, and gained access to 3,000 new patients by catching the attention of a regional insurer.

To learn how he did it, read the full article in America’s Pharmacist.

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