Artificial Intelligence in Pharmacy

Emily Torgerson  •   July 7, 2021

When you hear the words “artificial intelligence (AI),” most people think of Steven Spielberg’s science fiction film of the same name about the first robot child to harbor true emotions. However, in recent years, it is difficult to discuss the future of the pharmaceutical industry without mentioning AI. The industry has been facing challenges as

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Pat Shier: New Secretary/Treasurer Elected to Cooperative Board

Emily Torgerson  •   June 17, 2021

National CooperativeRx would like to congratulate Pat Shier for becoming the new secretary/treasurer on our Board of Directors! Following his predecessor Joy Matthews’ completion of a six-year term on our Board last month, Pat was elected by the Board to fill the opening of secretary/treasurer. Pat, Alaska Membership Representative at Pacific Health Coalition (PHC), has

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Recap Our Latest Webinar on Biosimilars with Jocelyn Kerl!

Emily Torgerson  •   May 26, 2021

In case you missed it, National CooperativeRx produced its second webinar of our new quarterly series this week that featured our Clinical Services Manager Jocelyn Kerl, PharmD., BCPS, educating the audience on biologic drugs and regulatory implications, the current market status of biosimilars and other highlights plan sponsors should know. Helpful Definitions to Know Biologic

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Highlights of Our 2021 Annual Meeting

Emily Torgerson  •   May 12, 2021

Another year, another virtual National CooperativeRx Annual Meeting! Although we were disappointed to miss out on seeing our members and partners in person again, we are impressed with our turnout of 250 attendees and pleased to have delivered the same high-quality, informative keynote presentations our audience has always been accustomed to. Mark O’Connell, our Board

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What to Expect at Our Annual Meeting May 4

Emily Torgerson  •   April 14, 2021

Watch from home. This year, we’re again bringing our Annual Meeting to you! No need for parking passes to enjoy the same quality educational sessions and Cooperative news you’ve been accustomed to in the past from us. John Barlament, Partner at Quarles & Brady LLP, will provide knowledge on how the new administration’s policies and strategies

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Official Launch of Advanced Utilization Management Program

Emily Torgerson  •   March 31, 2021

The Cooperative’s new Advanced Utilization Management (UM) Program has officially launched! National CooperativeRx constantly monitors the pharmaceutical marketplace for new therapies in the pipeline. We have implemented our opt-in Advanced UM program to offer our member groups an opportunity to employ our recommendations on a quarterly basis to better adapt their plans to the rapidly

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Ways We Prove Our Members Are the ‘Heart’ of Everything We Do

Emily Torgerson  •   February 16, 2021

Showing Self-Funded Plan Sponsors How Much We Care The month of February always inspires us to think about how much we at National CooperativeRx love our members — a group of several hundred self-funded plan sponsors. We hope our members already know they are at the core of everything our organization aims to accomplish, but

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What to Do with Unwanted Medications?

Emily Torgerson  •   February 3, 2021

The number of unused medications in American households has significantly increased in recent years, resulting in excess waste. According to a recent study, approximately two out of three prescription medications were reported unused; common reasons include being weary of side effects, forgetfulness, and the patient’s disease or condition improving.1 If you fall into any of

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Abby Weaver: Cooperative Clinical Intern

Emily Torgerson  •   December 8, 2020

In November, National CooperativeRx welcomed our third clinical intern Abby Weaver, for a six-week period. Abby is a fourth-year pharmacy student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), currently with us for one of her numerous rotations required to make her vision of becoming a licensed pharmacist a reality. Originally from St. Charles, Illinois, Abby received her undergraduate

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November is American Diabetes Month

Emily Torgerson  •   November 10, 2020

diabetes   noun di·​a·​be·​tes Definition of diabetes : a chronic (long-lasting) health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy.1 November is American Diabetes Month and now more than ever it is important to know how to effectively manage diabetes. Keep reading to learn more about the condition that affects one in 10 Americans and how

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