AskNadia: Medicare Stopped Covering My Novo Nordisk Insulin

Dear Nadia, My mail order company that fulfills my insulin orders just informed me that I can no longer get my Novo Nordisk insulin? They said that Medicare will only cover Eli Lilly’s insulin. Should I choose to continue to buy Novo Nordisk’s insulin, my co- payment will be $200 for my prescription.  My insulin preference is Novo Nordisk because I tend to experience more

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Ousting Tobacco: After CVS Announcement, Push Intensifies to Ban Pharmacy Cigarettes Sales

When pharmacy giant CVS Caremark recently announced that it would cease selling tobacco products in its 7,600 stores as of October 1, it was talking about a significant piece of change: Estimates of CVS’s current tobacco sales range from $1.5 billion to $2 billion, constituting about 1.6 to 3 percent of its earnings. The announcement also sent a surge of energy through the anti-smoking movement

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Robotics Allow Pharmacists to Spend More Time with Customers

There was a time when most people knew their corner pharmacist – like Mr. Gower in It’s a Wonderful Life – and visits to the drug store included personal conversations to catch up on neighborhood and news, besides the dispensing of medications. That comfortable, personal relationship and knowledge of a patient’s health history has disappeared in recent decades, thanks to a growing workload for pharmacists

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The State of the States: Adherence Report

Diabetes Health recently submitted some questions to CVS Caremark Corporation regarding its “The State of the States: Adherence Report.” The report compiled data from more than 50 million patients to track their level of adherence to drug prescriptions for four chronic diseases: diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Interested in how CVS created the report, we sent several questions to the company. Helena

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Diabetes Supply Costs Rule My Life!

There’s nothing quite like wondering how you’re going to pay for prescriptions.  I find it odd that we usually don’t know what our out-of-pocket cost will be until we’re standing in front of the pharmacy staff and praying that we have enough in our wallet to cover it.  I often feel like a reality show contestant waiting for the grand total.  My pharmacy-based reality show

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A New Kind of Pharmacist

Ross Valley Pharmacy, tucked away inside a larger building of clinics, is not a big place, but it’s very very busy. Its owner, Paul Lofholm, PharmD, has a vision of the pharmacist’s role that goes far beyond simply putting pills in bottles. He sees pharmacists as integral members of the healthcare team who can fill the gaps in patients’ education about their conditions and their

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