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Does Your Pharmacy Offer Vaccinations?

by pharmacy on May 3, 2017

pharmacy vaccineVaccines are considered a safe, efficient, and cost-effective means to prevent disability, illness, and death from a variety of infectious diseases. Since 2010, it’s been the goal of the Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People program to improve immunization rates among those in the United States. This is especially crucial with the rise of immunization resistance by a growing number of people. The strategies include:

  • Improving the quality and quantity of delivery of vaccination services
  • Developing new and improved vaccines and improving the use of vaccines
  • Minimizing the financial burden of vaccinations for those in need
  • Improving vaccination coverage and disease monitoring
  • Increase community awareness, education, partnership, and participation

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Pharmacists in the Primary Care Setting?

by pharmacy on April 17, 2013

Many pharmacists are finding employment in an uncommon setting in 2013—primary care facilities. This care model enables pharmacists to focus on patient care. Pharmacists that work in this type of facility offer medication information, health and wellness screenings such as diabetes screening, and more. Pharmacists that opt to take these positions save patients time and possibly expensive hospital trips, as well as saving hospitals valuable time and resources.

Offsetting costs and increasing overall customer satisfaction are vital to any successful primary care setting. Pharmacists can integrate their services into a primary care office with a little time and effort. May primary care areas are open to funding trial projects if their budget has the funds available. Stressing the overall customer satisfaction rate, the amount of time saved by a clinic that has a pharmacist on staff, and other benefits, such as reducing overall medication costs, are crucial to finding a place in a primary care setting.

Pharmacists can offer patients significant health benefits when added to a PCP team. Patients with diabetes, hypertension, or another commonly treated condition can benefit greatly from having a pharmacist available to discuss issues with. Adding a pharmacist to a PCP team ensures that patients have access to someone that has extensive knowledge of medication regimes that can often be complicated and exhausting to remember. Pharmacists can streamline programs and offer suggestions to help clients manage their conditions easily, while preventing medication abuse and following up on patient adherence to treatment plans.

Often, new pharmacists can complete some of their educational training on site at a primary care clinic. This gives the pharmacists experience in working with clients, managing a variety of cases, and managing prescribed medications. Refilling and suggesting scripts, aiding with financials, modifying treatment plans, and helping patients to understand and control their chronic conditions are just some of the things that a pharmacist can learn while a team member at a primary care office.

Pharmacists can conduct vaccine clinics throughout the year to help patients prevent common illnesses. Implementing an influenza clinic or Gardasil vaccination for young adults are just a few examples of the sort of public service that a pharmacist could add at their primary care location. The landscape for pharmacists is changing as the requirements to obtain licensing become stricter. Pharmacists have to complete clinic hours, and often can opt to do so in the primary care setting. Clinics often serve under represented populations, so working at a mobile health clinic or an urban primary care facility is a great way for a hopeful pharmacist to gain valuable experience about serving at risk groupings.

Pharmacists can weigh the benefits of working in a traditional pharmacy over working directly with patients. Overall, the choices are varied. When it comes to patient care, working in the primary care setting offers a hands-on experience that some larger traditional pharmacies may not be able to deliver. How have you navigated the changing times for pharmacists in the primary care setting? Share your story in the comments below.


Bill Gates, Billionaire, Philanthropist

by pharmacy on February 1, 2012

Bill Gates is the second richest man on the planet. According to Forbes Magazine, his $56 billion fortune is eclipsed only be the $63 billion amassed by Mexican investor Carlos Slim Helu. Gates’ face, his name, and his brand are recognized the world over.

What most of the world doesn’t know is that he would be on top of the wealthiest list if he stopped giving so much away, mostly in the form of vaccines. He spends billions in the effort to eradicate disease by distributing vaccines to fight measles, hepatitis B, rotavirus, AIDS, and others . [click to continue…]


Pfizer, Glaxo Sign on to Provide Vaccines for the Poor

by Toby Roberts on March 25, 2010

Last Tuesday, drug makers Pfizer and Glaxo signed a ten year deal to provide vaccines at a reduced cost to poor, developing nations. The deal sets the supply of pneumococcal vaccines at 60 million per year for a ten year period.

The deal was set up by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) and is the first test of their Advance Market Commitment (AMC) plan. The project was started as a way to provide drug makers with a fixed market in developing countries in exchange for fixed maximum costs for the products.

Both drug makers have agreed to sell the vaccines at $7 per dose for the first 20 percent and $3.50 per dose for the remaining 80 percent. In developed countries the same vaccines are sold for anywhere from $54 to $108 per shot. The project is partly funded by various governments as well as a large donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. GAVI is hopeful that it will provide a model for similar agreements for vaccines for illness such as rotavirus and malaria.


CDC Panel Votes for Flu Shot for Everyone

by Toby Roberts on February 26, 2010

An advisory panel for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has voted to amend the recommendations for flu shots to everyone over 6 months of age. The CDC expects to implement the panel’s recommendation for the 2010-2011 flu season.

Health care analysts believe that part of the reason more people don’t get the shots is tied to uncertainty about who should be getting them. The move is intended to reduce any confusion about who should get the shots and encourage all age groups to seek out the vaccines. Records show that about 50 percent of the recommended groups have received the flu shot in the past.

The recommendations will still exclude babies under 6 months of age as well as seniors with egg allergies and some with chronic conditions that might increase the risk of complications from the vaccine. While the move is expected to increase demand for vaccines, the CDC is confident that the availability for the upcoming season is secure and will be sufficient to cover the increase.


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