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Lapis Lazuli – Drug Disposal

The impacts of unused and expired prescription medications have created legal, health, societal, and environmental problems. A 2020 study revealed that 42% of customers surveyed store leftover prescription medications in their home. Additionally, a 2018 survey found that approximately 36% of patients prescribed opioids said they did not know they needed to dispose of their leftover medication.
Marketouch
October 14, 2021
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MarkeTouch COVID-19 Clinical and Operations Pharmacy Newsletter (September 30)

Now that the FDA has approved Pfizer's Comirnaty for booster doses under a new EUA, and the CDC has issued guidance for who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose, questions still remain.  Who exactly can get the shot?  When should it be administered?  How do eligible groups receive the booster vaccine?  In this ever dynamic environment, here is what we know, as of today. 
Marketouch
September 30, 2021
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Lapis Lazuli – Vaccine Approval: There IS a Process

It seems like lately we have been inundated with news and information about COVID boosters, many of them conflicting, making it difficult for pharmacies to effectively plan. The good news is that there is a process of checks and balances from both a regulatory and scientific standpoint for the approval of any vaccine (and needed booster) and the associated vaccination schedule. Understanding this process, and timing of it will help you in your strategic vaccine and pharmacy operations planning.
Marketouch
September 23, 2021
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MarkeTouch COVID-19 Clinical and Operations Pharmacy Newsletter (September 16)

On September 9, 2021 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a declaration under the PREP Act authorizing pharmacists “to order and administer,” and qualified pharmacy technicians and interns “to administer” select COVID-19 therapeutics to patient populations authorized by the FDA. The most immediate application of this authorization is the ordering and administration of REGEN-COV™, a monoclonal antibody combination.
Marketouch
September 16, 2021
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Lapis Lazuli – Reducing Pharmacy’s Carbon Footprint

The visible impacts of climate change such as historic forest fires, warming temperatures, rising tides, and changing weather patterns are seen almost daily in the news. Many companies, including a large number retailers across the U.S., have developed plans and have committed to reduce and/or offset their carbon emissions. However, retail pharmacy’s participation in such programs has been absent or limited.
Marketouch
August 12, 2021
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MarkeTouch COVID-19 Clinical and Operations Pharmacy Newsletter (August 5)

The delta variant is spreading across the U.S.. The CDC has updated masking guidelines for fully vaccinated people. The new advice is to don a mask indoors if you live in an area with "high" or "substantial" COVID transmission. Here is a link to CDC's county by county view. For an even more powerful perspective, click on the "Time-lapse" view.
Marketouch
August 5, 2021
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Lapis Lazuli – DIR Reform for Pharmacy’s Future

The first half of 2021 has seen another valiant attempt by over 250 retail pharmacies, consumer advocacy groups, healthcare organizations and a bi-partisan group of legislators, to ensure that any pharmacy price concessions assessed by Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) are clearly conveyed at the pharmacy point of sale and that the PBMs are held accountable for retroactively back charging fees on pharmacies. These fees, also known as DIR fees, are the result of a current Medicare program loophole.
Marketouch
July 29, 2021

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