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PFOA Annual Members Meeting
New Orleans, LA
May 15 - 17, 2014 

 

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Double Tree Hotel - 300 Canal Street

New Orleans, Louisiana,70130

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Study: One-Third of Initial Prescriptions Never Filled

Posted April 8, 2014

 

By Michael Johnsen

 

PHILADELPHIA — Medication non-adherence is common, but it may be reduced by lower drug costs and co-payments, as well as increased follow-up care, according to a study published earlier this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine

 

Primary non-adherence was defined as not filling an initial prescription within nine months. Overall, 31.3% of the 37,506 initial prescriptions written for the 15,961 patients were not filled, according to the study. Drugs in the upper quartile of cost were least likely to be filled, as were skin agents, gastrointestinal drugs and autonomic drugs, compared with anti-infectives.

 

An increase in adherence was associated with increasing patient age, elimination of prescription copayments for low-income groups and a greater proportion of all physician visits with the prescribing physician. 

 

One limitation of the study was that patients' rationale for choosing not to fill their prescriptions could not be measured, noted Robyn Tamblyn of McGill University, author of the study.

 
PFOA Board of Directors Election

Posted March 21, 2014

 

During our annual meeting on Saturday, May 17th, 2014, elections will be held. Three positions are open on the PFOA Board of Directors, PFOA-MS Board of Directors there is one position open and also one position on the PFOA-MC Board of Directors.

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Dave’s Corner

Posted March 20, 2014

PFOA began March with 426 member stores.

 

Since my last writing, I attended a CFA board meeting in Dallas and got a lead on an interesting vendor. The staff will follow up on it and will get a vendor committee presentation. While in Dallas, I met with PFOA Member Tom Siegenthaler. He is a Medicine Shoppe graduate who took his business and transformed it into a high octane, high touch compounding and alternative medicine outlet. We will feature his location in a future newsletter.

 

We are committed to at least one representative for CFA’s legislative day in May. Notably it is scheduled with a one day overlap for NCPA’s legislative day. These both take place in Washington DC. We will look to send a representative from the board to these meetings. Failing to get a volunteer, I will attend.

 

My meeting with Anda in February focused on PFOA expectations for support and development for 2014. It is already yielding additional dividends in terms of Anda account sign ups and market information. Additionally I spoke with ANDA’s sales staff today educating them about PFOA, its members and how they best service PFOA member’s needs. It was well accepted by their sales staff.

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High Risk Medications in the Elderly from Prime Therapeutics

Posted March 13, 2014

 

Part D Plan Sponsors have instituted measures to decrease the use of high risk medications (HRMs) in the elderly. The list of HRMs is based on the Beers list, and includes medications that are potentially harmful to Covered Persons 65 years and older due to adverse drug events including an increased risk of falls, toxicity, and mortality.

 

Use of HRMs is a patient safety quality measure that is monitored by CMS. There may be associated negative financial implications to Part D Plan Sponsors if utilization of these medications by their Covered Persons exceeds a certain threshold.

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