The Rise of Telehealth

Emily Torgerson  •   December 8, 2021

Telehealth enables health care providers to deliver care for their patients without an in-person office visit. Telehealth is done primarily online with internet access on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Options for Telehealth Care: Talk to a doctor live over the phone or video chat. Send and receive messages from a doctor using secure email messaging. Use

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Pathway of a New Drug: From Lab to Pharmacy Shelf

Erica Guetzlaff  •   December 7, 2021

In 2020, the world experienced an incredibly fast vaccine approval, with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine receiving emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approximately one year after the virus was first identified. This was the first instance a vaccine had been developed and approved in under a year. It may be

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U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week

Emily Torgerson  •   November 10, 2021

Mark your calendars — November 18-24, 2021 is U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week! While antibiotics are crucial and life-saving medications when properly used, excessive prescribing by health care providers has become a major problem and is a contributor to antibiotic resistance. How Antibiotics Work Antibiotics can either stop bacteria from reproducing or destroy them. If the

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How Is National CooperativeRx Different Than a PBM?

Emily Torgerson  •   October 27, 2021

National CooperativeRx: our name says it all. We are a not-for-profit pharmacy benefit cooperative that provides pharmacy benefits to hundreds of self-funded member-owned groups and approximately 375,000 participant lives throughout the country. Cooperatives are known for honesty, openness, and social responsibility and we proudly operate with the Six Cooperative Principles at the core of all our processes.

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As Always…Get Your Flu Shot!

Wayne Salverda  •   September 29, 2021

September marks the beginning of this year’s flu season. Retail pharmacies began receiving inventory for it in middle to late August. In today’s world, where every newspaper headline and media bit read the latest on COVID-19 deaths, new strains of the virus, and vaccine eligibility, it’s easy to lose track of the importance of protecting

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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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Continuous Glucose Monitors: New Method to Self-Monitor Diabetes

Jocelyn Kerl  •   June 24, 2021

Diabetes Management Diabetes is a complex and progressive medical condition associated with abnormally elevated blood sugar levels. If left untreated or uncontrolled, diabetes may cause numerous complications and damage to the human body’s organs. Not surprisingly, diabetic medications usually rank among the top spend categories for most plan sponsors. Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an

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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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10 Smart Questions Self-Funded Plan Sponsors Should Be Asking

Kyle Kapusta  •   February 23, 2021

Ensure Proper Rebate Benefits for Your Company Prescription drug costs are at an all-time high with no end in sight for both self-funded plan sponsors and the participants they represent. 79% of respondents in a recent Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll felt that the cost of prescription drugs was unreasonable. To help offset the

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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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