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Cancer Specialty Pharmacy Startups

Cancer and oncology pharmacies have become a major factor in the rise of specialty pharmacy startups nationwide. Because cancer and chemotherapy medications are typically extremely expensive and complex to both manufacture and compound, it is easy to see why oncology pharmacies have become a cornerstone in the specialty pharmacy industry. Oncology drugs necessitate special storage, … Continue reading Cancer Specialty Pharmacy Startups

Mail-Order Pharmacy Startups

The startup of mail order pharmacies is on the rise and the opening up of a mail-order pharmacy is becoming an extremely lucrative business model and investment. This specific market segment of the specialty pharmacy “arena” is undergoing rapid growth, rapid expansion, and equally rapid change. Independent mail-order pharmacies are now thriving by specializing in … Continue reading Mail-Order Pharmacy Startups

Specialty Pharmacies

Specialty pharmacies have been designated by numerous industry experts as the fastest growing segment of the pharmacy industry. This is based on the number of new specialty pharmacies opening up nationally, plus the rise in the number of existing pharmacies expanding their operations via the addition of specialty pharmacy services. With a projected annual growth rate of … Continue reading Specialty Pharmacies

Relief and Temp Pharmacists

Many pharmacy owners occasionally need a relief pharmacist or temp pharmacist quickly. The issues that many pharmacy owners face finding the right temporary pharmacist are numerous. Perhaps the pharmacy owner is planning a vacation or simply has an emergency situation and needs some help. Or perhaps a staff member quits, has an emergency of their … Continue reading Relief and Temp Pharmacists

Hospital Pharmacist Jobs

Hospital jobs and positions for pharmacists in clinical settings are becoming lucrative opportunities as a clearer job market future emerges in the pharmacy profession. As discussed previously, the 2018 pharmacist job statistics clearly indicated that there would be a shift over the next decade from retail to hospital employment opportunities for pharmacists, plus a significant … Continue reading Hospital Pharmacist Jobs

Emergency Relief Pharmacists

Emergency relief pharmacists are always in demand, but the recent announcement last week in California that over 1,400 Pharmacy Practice Exams were invalidated is already having a “ripple effect” regarding the profession’s ability to meet emergency needs. The students that were impacted make a valid point that many have lost job opportunities and money because … Continue reading Emergency Relief Pharmacists

Customized Policy and Procedures

A customized Policy and Procedures (P & P) manual is no longer an option, it is truly a requirement. As we’ve previously discussed, every pharmacy is required to have and maintain a written Policy and Procedures manual on its premises. As noted by the NABP (the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy) each state has … Continue reading Customized Policy and Procedures

Recent FDA 483 Actions

After discussing the FDA’s ongoing inspections of compounding pharmacies and cGMP, it seems logical to review some of the latest actions that have recently taken place (including new FDA 483 Forms and Warning Letters). Although the FDA has only published recent Warning Letters that were sent by August 31, 2019 (so any issued in September … Continue reading Recent FDA 483 Actions

FDA Inspections of Compounding Pharmacies

The vast majority of compounding pharmacies that are currently operating within the United States are actually state licensed facilities that are classified as such under section 503A of the the United States Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (sometimes referred to as either the FFDCA, FDCA, or FD&C). The FD&C is a group of federal … Continue reading FDA Inspections of Compounding Pharmacies

Pharmacy Security

Pharmacy security has recently been a dominating topic in the news. As everyone already knows, pharmacies have always been a prime target for burglaries, theft, drug diversion and robberies.With an estimated 7,000 pharmacy break-ins occurring annually in the US, this is a possibility and a risk that everyone in our profession must face. Yet sometimes … Continue reading Pharmacy Security