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Expanding Pharmacists’ Scope of Practice to Improve Access to Health Care

Nationwide, many states are grappling with how to ensure convenient access to quality health care for their residents. In states such as Washington, as more and more individuals gain access to health insurance, health care officials are seeking ways to “spread the work of providing health care... [continue reading]

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Transition Period Sought for Implementation of Medicaid Reimbursement Rates for Generic Prescription Drugs

Concerned about the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) plans to implement this summer “a new provision under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that would significantly reduce Medicaid reimbursement rates for generic prescription drugs,” a coalition of drug makers and pharmacists have requested CMS to “allow... [continue reading]

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Pharmacists Critical to Providing Access to Care for Residents in Rural or Inner-City Locations

For millions of American’s residing in health provider shortage areas, oftentimes pharmacists are of “critical importance in preventative care, serving as their nearest health care professional and provider.” This includes administering a number of vaccines, such as the flu shot, that are available without a prescription. Earlier... [continue reading]

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Walk-In Clinics Offer Quality, Convenient Care

Nationwide, walk-in medical clinics are serving a greater number of individuals with minor medical ails, from the flu and ringworm to diabetes screenings, sore throats and lingering coughs. With nearly 1,600 walk-in medical clinics across the country located in drug stores and supermarkets, the number of clinics... [continue reading]

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Mandatory Mail Order Pharmacy Threatens Existence of Local, Family-Owned Pharmacies

For family pharmacy owners Bob and Marion Bradley, news of a fellow pharmacist closing his doors serves as a reminder of the challenges many local neighborhood drug stores must face in order to keep their doors open and serve the patients they personally know and genuinely care... [continue reading]