A Walgreens study found that 81.6% of patients using HIV-specialized pharmacies were likely to adhere to HHS-recommended drug regimens, compared with 76.9% who did not use HIV-specialized pharmacies. "For pharmacy patients, and particularly for specialized pharmacy patients, pharmacists have the ability to provide guidance on regimen formulation by working with the patient and prescribing physician," said Ron Hazen, senior analyst at Walgreens Boots Alliance.
Pharmacists can help reduce health care spending by monitoring and adjusting patients' prescription regimens, ordering tests, and helping patients take their medications properly, pilot projects and studies have found. Making expanded pharmacy services an essential benefit would help bring down the nation's health care spending, writes R. Pete Vanderveen, dean of the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy.
Merck will invest $8.5 million initially and an additional $8.5 million in milestone payments in Physicians Interactive, for development of digital marketing tools, online platforms for drug sample sales, data analytics and mobile health products.
The American Society of Echocardiography and the European Association for Echocardiography have released guidelines for maximizing the use of 3D echocardiography. The joint guidelines, published in the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, offer best practices for using 3D echo imaging to collect data and assess and view heart structures.
The federal government will distribute $6 million in grants to test electronic prescribing standards under Medicare's new prescription drug program. Reports on the e-prescribing pilot tests will be presented to Congress in April 2007.