The Weekly Roundup

September 08, 2017 | Pamela Youngberg Dickson

Wildfires. Hurricanes. Flooding. Earthquakes. What’s next? Locusts? September is National Emergency Preparedness Month and this year, perhaps like no other, we are seeing first-hand the importance of being ready. For pharmacies, that means both readying our stores (whether designated as such at the state level, pharmacists ARE providers) and educating our patients. Prescription preparedness should, of course, be front and center: making sure medications are available during the chaos and in the aftermath, with or without electronic dispensing capabilities, securing controlled substances, and making sure patient data is secure. Northfield, MN, pharmacist Jessica Astrup Ehret provides some advice for keeping prescriptions for emergent situations on hand and in safe condition. FEMA has provided this helpful resource video you can share with your patients: Help until help arrives.

Here are a few other stories that might be of interest:

  • Is there room on that soapbox for us? California pharmacy professor fires back on PBMs and pharma consultants in a letter to the editor.
  • You might want to hire an intern for this. Get out the germicide for these top ten dirtiest places in the pharmacy.
  • Keep a sharp lookout. Take appropriate steps for ensuring regulatory compliance during off-site flu clinics. And if you need some patient-facing material to get ready for flu season, download our free Smart-Take here to use in your store.
  • Any which way you can. Lawsuit attacks the marketing angle on the opioid crisis in this piece from Stat News.
  • Fast and furious? Check out this annual review of fastest-growing specialty pharmacies. 

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Pamela Youngberg Dickson

Before she came to Smart-Fill, Pamela developed marketing strategy and content for a range of technology start-ups and large-cap enterprises. Outside the office, she's into gardening, renaissance history, the Big Ten, and exploring the great outdoors. 

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