With about 2,000 genes now identified and more than 4,000 diseases caused by genetic defects, genetic screening is gaining ground. As it grows in acceptance by providers, patients and insurers, pharmacogenomics—the study of how one's genetic inheritance affects the body's response to drugs—is evolving. People will be able to determine if they are predisposed to a certain disease, and they will be able to find customized drugs adapted to their personal genetic makeup.
Pharmacy Best Practices
One in three (33%) U.S. adults who have been prescribed drugs to take regularly report that they are often or very often not compliant with their medications.
Clever approaches can help patients adhere to drug regimens, and managed care organizations are increasingly adopting the technologies that enable those approaches.
Medicare part D has put a new face on pharmaceutical benefits for seniors—even with all the glitches and challenges of implementing the largest social welfare program in 40 years. It welcomed 11.5 million Medicare beneficiaries prior to the May 15, 2006, deadline, according to final Medicare prescription drug benefit enrollment data.
Specialty pharmacy s aware that value is becoming more important as
a measure of a successful program.
Are pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) that rely on
revenue-generating mail-order prescription service going to get a
run for their money as 90-day retail programs hit the marketplace?
Walgreen Health Initiatives (WHI), a PBM headquartered in
Deerfield, Ill., is not particularly bothered by the new retail
product. WHI launched Advantage90, a 90-day retail fulfillment
program, in late 2003 with more than 26,000 pharmacies nationwide
now participating in the program.
If misery loves company, then Beverly Thomas of Carbondale, Ill.,
isn't alone. She is one of thousands of dual eligibles
(beneficiaries covered by both Medicaid and Medicare) who went to
the pharmacy after January 1, 2006, only to find that it would not
fill their prescriptions. Unfortunately, her medication for mental
illness is so critical that if she misses even a day, she could be
hospitalized. With the help of Southern Illinois Regional Social
Services, Thomas got squared away, but admits she still is confused
about how the new Medicare Part D benefit operates.