Elimination of Exclusion of Coverage of Certain Drugs

Elimination of Exclusion of Coverage of Certain Drugs

In March of 2010, President Obama signed into law two separate Federal Acts, which included modifications for Medicare and Medicaid. The Acts are titled the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (HCERA). As it pertains to future Medicare coverage, one of these Federal Acts sought to update coverage guidelines for certain classes of drugs which have been traditionally excluded from coverage. Starting on January 1, 2013, Medicare Part D will cover benzodiazepines and will cover barbiturates used in the treatment of epilepsy, cancer, or a chronic mental disorder.  
Starting in 2014, Medicaid programs will no longer be able to exclude smoking cessation agents, barbiturates, and benzodiazepines from coverage under Medicaid. Because Part D covered drugs are defined generally as those drugs that are covered under Medicaid, this new provision will result in a small expansion of Part D coverage of barbiturates.  
 
 

 

The Great American Smokeout

Today was The Great American Smokeout. A day that builds awareness about the benefits of quitting smoking. Since 2000 smoking bans have been spreading nation wide and they seem to be working.
Do you think smoking bans in bars, restaurants, parks, and work places really help?

Read article here:
http://bit.ly/TH3hgM

 

FDA Recommends Against Hydrocodone Rescheduling

The FDA announced that it will recommend that hydrocodone-containing products not be moved from Schedule III to Schedule II. DEA believes that rescheduling would reduce abuse of the drug. In recommending against rescheduling, the FDA said that more emergency room visits occur with oxycodone products than with hydrocodone. The FDA also expressed concern that movement of hydrocodone-containing products to Schedule II could lead to the use of more NSAID products as well as Schedule II opioid products. NCPA will be providing testimony opposing the rescheduling of hydrocodone containing products when the FDA holds a public hearing regarding this topic in the future.

Adherence Program is our latest offering

Learn About Our Adherence Program

PeopleFirst Pharmacy now has an adherence program.  This program is designed for you to take your medications exactly the way they were meant to be taken.  We package these medication in easy to use packets.  Each packet contains medications based on the time that you are supposed to take them.  Since each packet has the date and time on it, you will never get off track on how you are supposed to take your medications.  Another amazing thing is all of your medications will get synchronized.  This will reduce the number of trips to just one a month.  It will also allow us to have your medications ready right before you need them again.  As you already know, we can hand deliver to your doorstep.  Call Dr. Prarke Patel or Demitri Ballard at 972 300 4130 x462 for more information.

Candles and Gifts

We just received lots of Circle E candles for the holidays.  We hear that they are hard to find and we are about the only ones carrying them in this area.  Love the way they smell.

Additionally, we have also set up Christmas gift items in the front area.

Great selection of gifts, greeting cards, wrapping paper, and gift bags
Home decor
Faith-based gifts
Circle E Candles
Webkinz
Ganz
Hello Kitty
UglyDoll
Curious George
Baby gifts
Seasonal gifts and decor

Why Use PeopleFirst Pharmacy?

Because we cost the same as or less than the huge, impersonal stores. Your copay is the same with us even though we are an independent pharmacy. We offer far better service and prescriptions are usually ready in 10 minutes or less. We also offer compounding and delivery to your home. Our staff knows most customers by name and their individual preferences. Same copays. Better service. Why go anywhere else?

Services

Most insurance plans accepted
Convenient drive-through service

Delivery available
Compounding available
Drug interaction monitoring
Medication counseling
Synchronized Medications

Products

Diabetic supplies
Hearing aid batteries
Electronics accessories

Home health care products
wheelchairs
walkers
canes
bedside commodes
orthopedic braces
crutches

Flu Shot are now available at PeopleFirst Pharmacy

Hello everyone,
We are offering flu shots at anytime during the week on Monday thru Thursdays. We are offering them via appointment only on Fridays and Saturdays. Furthermore, we accept most major insurance plans, and Medicare for your flu shots. If you do not have insurance or Medicare, then the regular cash price is $25** after a walk-in discount.
We look forward to seeing you during the week or by appointment on Firdays and Saturdays.

Stay healthy,

PeopleFirst Pharmacy Team

Serious Burns Caused by Topical OTC Analgesics

FDA MedWatch Alert:  Rare cases of serious burns with Over-the-counter topical analgesics

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a MedWatch safety announcement to alert the public of rare cases of serious burns resulting from the use of over-the-counter topical muscle and joint pain relievers containing menthol, methyl salicylate or capsaicin.
Some of the reported burns had serious complications requiring hospitalization. In many cases, the burns occurred after only one application of the OTC topical muscle and joint pain reliever, with severe burning or blistering occurring within 24 hours of the first application. Based on the reported cases, the majority of second- and third-degree burns occurred with the use of products containing menthol as the single active ingredient, and products containing both menthol and methyl salicylate, in concentrations greater than 3% menthol and 10% methyl salicylate. Few cases reported using a capsaicin-containing product.
Consumers using an OTC topical muscle and joint pain reliever who experience signs of skin injury where the product was applied, such as pain, swelling, or blistering of the skin, should stop using the product and seek medical attention immediately.
Patients using OTC topical muscle and joint pain relievers should be cautioned not to bandage the application area tightly and not to apply local heat (heating pads, lamps, hot water in bags or bottles) because doing so can increase the risk of serious burns. OTC topical muscle and joint pain relievers should not be applied to wounds or damaged, broken, or irritated skin. Also do not allow contact with eyes and mucous membranes (such as the skin inside your nose, mouth, or genitals).

Community Drug Disposal Program

NEWS RELEASE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                          

          CONTACT:  Hitesh Patel, Owner

People First Pharmacy

972-300-4130 x-462

info@PeopleFirstPharmacy.com

 

People First Pharmacy Launches New Drug Take-Back Program

for Consumer Drug Disposal

 

Carrollton, Texas (March 30, 2011) — In response to news about the presence of pharmaceuticals contaminating the water supply and teenage abuse of prescription drugs, People First Pharmacy is now offering a new drug take back program to help its patients safely dispose of medicines that may be dangerous to others and to the environment.

 

“As members of the community, pharmacists are in a prime position to ensure the safe and proper handling of medications, from dispensing to disposal,” said owner Tesh Patel, RPh.  “Unused or expired medications pose risks to our families, communities, and the environment. We welcome all in the community to talk to our pharmacists about their prescriptions and how to store, use and dispose of them properly.”

 

Patel is a member of the National Community Pharmacists Association, which launched a new Protect Your Pharmacy Now! Prescription Drug Disposal to help its members create consumer drug disposal programs for medicines that may be dangerous to others and to the environment.

 

Patients of any pharmacy are invited to safely dispose of unused and expired medications at People First Pharmacy, free of charge, by bringing in the drugs in their original packaging. The pharmacy will work to dispose of the drugs using the Sharps TakeAway™ Environmental Return System, a safe, easy method to dispose of unused patient medications in an environmentally friendly way. More details are available at their website PeopleFirstPharmacy.com or by calling 972-300-4130 x-462.

 

The Office of National Drug Control has found that prescription drugs are the drug of choice among 12- and 13-year olds, while a third of all new abusers of prescription drugs were between the ages of 12 and 17. Though it may be argued that the presence of drugs in drinking water is negligible, more and more consumers are disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the drain, adding pharmaceutical pollution to our waters. In addition, medicines thrown in the trash can end up in landfills if not first picked up by children, pets, sanitation employees, or anyone who rummages through trash.

 

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents America’s community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 community pharmacies, pharmacy franchises, and chains. Together they represent an $84 billion health-care marketplace, employ over 300,000 full-time employees, and dispense nearly half of the nation’s retail prescription medicines.

How prescription medications are priced?

The majority of patients are unaware of what prescription drugs actually cost. They know the amount of the co-pay they hand over each month, but they have no idea what it costs your pharmacy to obtain, safely dispense and get reimbursed for their medications.
This lack of awareness by patients creates a misconception that can be detrimental to their health, and clouds the general understanding of the value of medication therapy in an overall health plan design.
Patients don’t know the specifics about the current reimbursement model in which your pharmacy is required to participate. They don’t know that after submitting a claim to a PBM, your pharmacy could end up essentially paying the PBM to dispense that drug. They certainly don’t know that the profit PBMs gain from that don’t go back to their employer.
Patients might not even understand that your pharmacy must wait for reimbursements every month for almost every drug you dispense. Patients are often shocked to find out that around 90 percent of the average pharmacy’s claims are paid via a complicated “I.O.U.” system. Even physicians often don’t know what medications and treatments cost.
Pharmaceutical companies, drug manufacturers and PBMs are often unwilling to tell the public the price of a product. Why? Because the world of drug prices, generic and brands, patents and manufacturer rebates is a complicated one, and any cost that is hidden or confusing is easy to inflate.
Without understanding the cost to produce drugs and the payment process behind the pharmaceutical industry, patients will never advocate for their hometown pharmacists to receive compensation for their valuable counseling and other healthcare–providing services. If uninformed, they’ll never be willing to pay for those services.
The current PBM reimbursement system has caused pharmacists’ value to be inextricably tied to the “dispensing” of a product. Without the product being part of the “transaction”, the role of the pharmacist has been viewed as having little value.
If a pharmacist counseled a patient and informed the patient that a prescribed medication therapy would be harmful to the patient, should the patient (or the plan sponsor) pay the pharmacists for that service? What if that advice avoided a costly hospital stay for the patient and plan sponsor? What if that advice saved the patient’s life? Under the current PBM reimbursement system, the pharmacist would receive no payment for that critical service, for that craft honed through years of education, professional practice and focused care.
Take every opportunity you can to explain a portion of the pharmaceutical payment model to patients. Chances are, they’ll listen to their trusted pharmacist. And, maybe eventually bring up issues with their plan sponsors. Without change coming from the patient level, your pharmacy can’t hope for it either.

People First was in the news!

Did you know People First was in the news when a suspect was hiding in our pharmacy. Our staff went into action as soon as they discovered what was going on.