Pharmacist Renaissance 

Pharmacists have been a godsend to many people looking for healthcare during COVID as they stepped up during the pandemic to offer COVID testing and vaccinations, a departure from traditional healthcare delivery. It’s paid off. As of Jan. 12, retail pharmacies participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program have administered more than 215.9 million doses.

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At RazorMetrics, we have a physician first process, which is highly dependent on good relationships with pharmacists. After the prescribing physician approves a lower cost switch, the new prescription is sent to the member’s pharmacy to fill. The patient picks up their refill and sees a lower bill. If they have any questions regarding the new medication, the pharmacist is trained and available to answer those questions. It’s a win win.

Pharmacists have been a godsend to many people looking for healthcare during COVID as they stepped up during the pandemic to offer COVID testing and vaccinations, a departure from traditional healthcare delivery. It’s paid off. As of Jan. 12, retail pharmacies participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program have administered more than 215.9 million doses.

We’ve seen pharmacists increasingly play a larger role in healthcare delivery and we like it. It can be easier to get into the CVS than it is to see the pediatrician, especially when doctor’s offices and ERs are trying to minimize exposures to the pandemic. A lot has changed since Louis Dufilho Jr, America’s first licensed pharmacist opened his pharmacy in 1823 in New Orleans. He helped at a critical time, making medicine accessible to a diverse population fighting a deadly outbreak of yellow fever. In the past, pharmacies were an integral support in healthcare delivery. Those times are returning and it’s a positive step.  

Daniel Knecht, MD, vice president of clinical product at CVS Health, said that “empowering pharmacists to become more involved in the management of patient health allows patients and caregivers to have a more personalized and proactive approach to care.” Pharmacists are filling a gap in access to affordable healthcare for patients with geographic or transportation limitations sparking a new trend in improving patient access and medication adherence.

Read more about this evolving trend here.

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