October 29, 2014 |
A NEW TOBACCO-FREE pharmacy network is encouraging city employees to put the pack down. The initiative, called The Preferred Health Network, urges city employees not covered by union-based health benefits to get their medication at pharmacies that don't sell tobacco products. If the employees choose not to, they'll be charged $15 on top of their co-pays. In addition, any employee or employee spouse who has used tobacco in the last year will see a $500 annual increase in their health-care costs.
September 24, 2014 |
Nearly half of what Pennsylvania's workers' compensation program pays for prescription drugs goes to physicians who dispense them directly to patients, bypassing pharmacies, a lucrative practice that is limited by many states and not reimbursed at all by private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, according to a new report. Although few doctors take advantage of the loophole, the cost differential can be enormous. A single Percocet cost an average 64 cents at a pharmacy last year, the Workers Compensation Research Institute reported Monday, vs. $3.55 when dispensed by a physician.
July 11, 2014 |
A BRAZEN GUNMAN opened fire on a delivery driver early yesterday as the man dropped off medication at a North Philadelphia pharmacy, police said. Two nearby day-care centers briefly went into lockdown after the incident, which took place about 10:30 a.m. outside Wellness Pharmacy, on Ridge Avenue near 23rd Street, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman. The 41-year-old victim, whom police did not identify, was approached by the gunman, who picked a fight with him over the meds he was carrying and tried to steal them, O'Brien said.
February 11, 2014
TO THOSE faced with a holdup man: Give the bag up. It's the best thing you can do. It may save your life. Just about everything in a woman's handbag can be replaced. It's not worth your life. No life is worth the contents of a handbag. I'm pretty sure that my children wouldn't understand that daddy was protecting some lady. That's ridiculous. Just give up the bag and hopefully everybody lives. I'm not putting my life on the line for a handbag. I will call 9-1-1 for you and wait until they arrive.
January 16, 2014 |
Hello there Amelia and Dave sat next to each other in an August 2004 orientation class at Temple. Both knew they'd be pharmacists one day, and while then only 17, both already worked at pharmacies. Their small talk went to his duties at a CVS in Aston, and hers at independent Rapoport in Northeast Philadelphia. "I'm cashiering," Amelia said. She says she'll never forget Dave's response: "Oh, that's all you do there? You don't type in prescriptions or count pills?" That really rankled.
December 22, 2013 |
The owners of three South Jersey pharmacies, including two in Burlington County, that are accused of violating state regulations have agreed to surrender their ability to sell narcotics, authorities announced Friday. Acting State Attorney General John J. Hoffman and Consumer Affairs Director Eric T. Kanefsky said the pharmacies failed to comply with state requirements for dispensing controlled dangerous substances (CDS). The alleged violations were uncovered during inspections conducted by the state Division of Consumer Affairs' Enforcement Bureau.
September 24, 2013 |
Jan Bohlmann earned a share in a patent while working as an engineer at Amazon.com. He helped make sure the right book went from a precise spot on a warehouse shelf, to a conveyor belt, to a box, to a truck, and to the right customer with the utmost efficiency and automation. Now, Bohlmann does the same thing with pills. Prescription pills. Maybe for your grandmother, if she lives in a nursing home. Bohlmann is the vice president of automated solutions for Remedi SeniorCare, a Maryland-based pharmacy company that opened a Phoenixville packaging facility this month.
July 26, 2013 |
IF EVERYONE'S favorite young royals, Kate and William, used a sophisticated, made-in-Britain fertility tracker to help conceive Prince George of Cambridge, Shamus Husheer isn't telling. "They'd probably have bought the device under a false name," said the likewise Cambridge (University)-connected co-inventor of DuoFertility, perhaps the most practical piece of wearable, digital health electronics we've stumbled on since, well, forever. "And of course, even if the royal couple do have it, our confidentiality agreement would prevent us from telling you," added the good doc. Spawned in the U.K. in 2009, DuoFertility has significantly improved its profile in the past two years.
July 24, 2013 |
A Harrisburg pharmacist has sued the drugstore chain CVS Caremark in federal court, alleging that the company discriminated against him because he had multiple sclerosis and fired him because he raised safety concerns about CVS's plans to cut staff. In the lawsuit, filed in Harrisburg, Joseph Zorek, 61, said he had worked for the company or its predecessors from 1968 until 2012, when, he said, he was fired. Zorek's suit says CVS violated the American With Disabilities Act for several years when supervisors insisted he use a lift chair not meant for long-term sitting, so that he could see the floor in front of the pharmacy counter.
July 23, 2013 |
A pharmacist since 1965, Dick Brown knows the remedies for a lot of things. So the 70-year-old Chester County businessman self-prescribed recently after assessing market conditions and coming up with what he found to be an unappealing prognosis for independent pharmacy owners like himself. His Rx: Sell and retire. That, in addition to his wanting some time for tennis, golf, and other fun while his body is willing to oblige, is why Parkesburg (population 3,600) will no longer see the Longenecker Pharmacy sign at the Parkesburg Shopping Center.