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Pharmacy Roundup: This Week’s Top 5 Articles for February 14, 2020

Pharmacy Roundup: This Week’s Top 5 Articles From the Web by Elements magazine |

February 14, 2020

Every week we share our favorite articles that other organizations, associations, and companies are producing to help your pharmacy business thrive.

You’ll discover new strategies and tips to boost your independent community pharmacy business and to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the pharmacy industry.

This week we chose five articles covering topics from looking out for counterfeit goods to the future of pharmaceutical prices.


4 Ways to Recognize a Good Pharmaceutical Distributor

You rely on a pharmaceutical distributor to get drugs from the manufacturer into your pharmacy, and reliability is a must. Drug Topics has put together a guide to help you sort the good distributors from the bad.


Pharmacy DIR Fees Hit a Record $9 Billion in 2019—That’s 18% of Total Medicare Part D Rebates

The Drug Channels Institue estimates that DIR payments reached $9.1 billion in 2019. This figure indicates that about 18% of total Medicare Part D rebates are now paid by pharmacies, not manufacturers, says Adam Fein.


Coronavirus Causing a Run on Masks

Patients are more worried about coronavirus than pharmacists, and they are buying surgical masks as a precaution. An NCPA survey found that patients are buying masks faster than their local pharmacists can restock.


Despite Deadly Threat, MTX Mixups Still Occur

Patients taking oral methotrexate daily instead of weekly can face deadly consequences. Pharmacy Practice News reports on how healthcare providers can help prevent patient confusion.


Recognizing DIR Fees in Your Pharmacy Contracts

DIR fees can sneak up on you and affect the profitability of your independent pharmacy. Amplicare explains how to recognize these fees in your contract and mitigate their impact.


An Independently Owned Organization Serving Independent Pharmacies

 PBA Health is dedicated to helping independent pharmacies reach their full potential on the buy side of their business. The company is a member-owned organization that serves independent pharmacies with group purchasing services, expert contract negotiations, proprietary purchasing tools, distribution services, and more.

PBA Health, an HDA member, operates its own VAWD-certified warehouse with more than 6,000 SKUs, including brands, generics, narcotics CII-CV, cold-storage products, and over-the-counter (OTC) products.

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