For the last year, both Lyft and Uber have been working with healthcare providers and insurers offering rides to doctors’ offices. Last week, Lyft announced that it is expanding its partnerships with health care providers by partnering with Allscripts to “integrate its platform into the daily routines of 2,500 hospitals, 45,000 physician practices and 180,000

Amazon hasn’t launched its prescription mail order program yet, but the effects of its potential market entry are already being felt across the industry. Thus, CVS has announced that it will “begin offering next-day delivery of prescription drugs and same-day service in some big cities next year, reflecting the company’s worries about potential competition from

The proposed $66-billion merger between CVS and Aetna – the most expensive healthcare deal to date – may cut down drug prices by eliminating the middlemen. The proposed deal is covered in depth by various publications. For example, Bloomberg News suggests that the merger could be the end of the pharmacy-benefit business. Reuters reports that

Last week, Express Scripts – a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) – announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire eviCore – a medical benefit manager (MBM) – for $3.6 billion. eviCore manages medical benefits for 100 million people in areas of radiology, cardiology, musculoskeletal disorders, post-acute care and medical oncology.   Express Scripts is the

Recently, the whole pharmacy community was watching how an Albertsons pharmacy technician in Boise was the first in the nation to administer an immunization. This was possible thanks to a new Idaho law addressing a shortage of healthcare providers in the state.  Under the new law, pharmacy technicians willing to increase the scope of their

Express Scripts has announced further cuts on a number of reimbursed drugs to make its formularies more clinically appropriate and cost effective. Currently, Express Scripts covers approximately 3,791 drugs and the 2017-2018 exclusions would remove 159 drugs out of coverage. According to Express Scripts, most patients will not see any changes but a small percentage

In 2016, California enacted End-of-Life Option Act. The Act specifically exempts pharmacist and physicians from liabilities for participating in the medically-assisted suicide. Approximately 504 California patients requested the prescriptions last year.

From the inception of the bill, a group of healthcare providers voiced a strong opposition to the Act. Last year, the group and the