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Have a heart: A pharmacist's reflection on medicine adherence

We know that compliance with prescribed medication therapies is embarrassingly low. So have a heart and teach your patients how to take their prescription medication. It's more important than you might think. In fact, results from a recent...

source: By Jason Poquette
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The Obama administration is investigating whether Aetna Inc., misled elderly and disabled people about which pharmacies would fill prescriptions in Medicare drug plans the health insurer sold them. Those customers will be able to quit their coverage and choose a new plan...

source: Bloomberg

This flu season has brought with it sobering reminders that the virus can be severe and deadly. Flu has killed two more Ohio children, a 4-month-old boy in Hamilton County and a 2-year-old girl in Allen County, bringing the number of deaths in children to four this year,...

source: The Columbus Dispatch

Have you ever heard of a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM)? Probably not, but you may know of Express Scripts or CVS Caremark. Both are forms of a PBM, the intermediary between drug companies and healthcare plans. Healthcare plans often contract out the prescription-drug...

source: FOX News

John Coler is the owner of Shrivers Pharmacies and a member of the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA). Coler worked with Ohio State Senator Troy Balderson and Ohio State Representative Brian Hill for the passage of pharmacy legislation...

source: Morgan County Herald via OPA

McArthur pharmacist Dave Gill has alerted The Telegram to a problem which is affecting thousands of pharmacies and their customers not only locally, but nationwide. The problem, being blamed on an error made by Aetna/Coventry, affects...

source: The Telegram

An incentive for primary care physicians to treat Medicaid patients disappeared at the beginning of the year, leaving private practice physicians with $40 for a routine visit that would have paid $70 in the past couple of years. For Dr. Jeff Harwood, a Norwalk physician,...

source: The Newark Advocate

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