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Walgreens Awarded U.S. Patent for its Connected Care® Oncology Program

(Walgreens) Jan 29, 2018 - Walgreens has received a U.S. patent for new proprietary technology that its Walgreens community specialty pharmacists and AllianceRx Walgreens Prime’s specialty pharmacists will use to facilitate communication with and counseling of patients prescribed oral oncology medicines.

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Winston Wong, PharmD (Posted: February 14, 2018)

quotesMedication Therapy Management programs have proven that they can improve patient compliance and adherence. Having a program focused on oral Oncology drugs is needed. My only concern is that for years, MTM programs have been promoted. In the real world, MTM program have failed, especially in the chain pharmacies due to the lack of time available to talk to the patient. Time allocation and productivity measure for the provision of MTM services have not been integrated into the pharmacy workflow. Hence, is frequently neglected. Yes the pharmacist asks if there are any questions. If the patient responds affirmatively, prescription filling slows down, especially if the medication is an oral oncolytic. So while I applaud Walgreens for developing a patient support program, I question if it will actually be put into place on a widespread basis.quotes

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