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Asembia and Rx30 Partner to Provide Integration for Asembia1 Specialty Pharmacy Platform

Asembia (Formerly Armada Health Care) is pleased to announce a partnership with Rx30 for the integration of Asembia1 (Formerly ArmadaOne) with their pharmacy dispensing system. “Rx30 works with pharmacies throughout the country, including specialty pharmacies, hospitals, health systems and beyond. We are excited to integrate Asembia1 with their system for these companies to streamline access to its functionality and key features as they expand their specialty business,” stated Lawrence Irene, RPh, chief executive officer of Asembia. “Since their original founding as Armada Health Care more than a decade ago, Asembia has been a catalyst in the specialty channel. The integration with Asembia1 will play a critical role for our mutual customers who are dispensing specialty pharmaceuticals and caring for patients requiring high-touch services,” stated Steve Wubker, president and chief executive officer of Rx30. Asembia1 is an integrated web-based software platform that optimizes specialty pharmacy operations, prescription workflow, and overall patient management. Asembia has developed this platform to seamlessly integrate with pharmacy dispensing systems and workflows used by specialty pharmacies across the country. Key features include onboarding specialty patients, streamlined management for prior authorizations, connectivity with co-pay and patient assistance programs, and ongoing clinical consultation and compliance monitoring. Other benefits include real-time data reporting for Pharma/biotech manufacturers, health plans, prescribers, and other industry partners. Asembia1’s robust business intelligence also provides prescription status information, operational insights, and other essential pharmacy management and productivity reports. (Source...

Rx30 Acquires vMEDEX, Strengthening Clinical Services Division and Product Offerings

OCOEE, Fla. –(BUSINESS WIRE)–Transaction Data Systems, Inc., doing business as Rx30 (“Rx30” or the “Company”) announced today that Rx30 has completed its acquisition of vMEDEX, further strengthening its Clinical Services Division and bringing new and innovative SaaS-based Medication Therapy Management and STAR Rating Management capabilities to its customers. Rx30, headquartered in Ocoee, Florida, is a leading developer and supplier of pharmacy management software solutions to the independent, hospital, long-term care and specialty pharmacy markets. Steve Wubker, CEO of Rx30, and the existing Rx30 management team will continue to lead the Company. The vMEDEX development team has joined Rx30 and will continue to lead development on the vMEDEX suite of clinical products. As Steve explains, “We are excited to bring the vMEDEX platform into the Rx30 suite of products to make available to our growing base of 4,400 independent pharmacies. vMEDEX has been a valued integration partner over the past 3 years, demonstrating an innovative approach to providing advanced clinical services functionality that position Rx30 pharmacies as industry leaders in this new era of pay for performance reimbursement. Combining our resources, expertise and platforms, we welcome the vMEDEX team into the Rx30 family and look forward to bringing our stores unparalleled functionality that maximizes favorable contracts and reimbursement levels. It’s a great time to be an Rx30 user!” Dedicated to the independent pharmacy market for the last 38 years, Rx30 offers a suite of market-leading software solutions to enable prescription filling, pharmacy management, claims processing and other critical functions for its pharmacist customers. The Company has deep expertise in providing cutting-edge technology solutions to help pharmacy owners streamline their operations,...
Rx30 Partners with DrFirst to deliver Secure Texting and Care Collaboration Capabilities to 4,500 Independent Pharmacies Nationwide

Rx30 Partners with DrFirst to deliver Secure Texting and Care Collaboration Capabilities to 4,500 Independent Pharmacies Nationwide

Transaction Data Systems, Inc., doing business as Rx30, and DrFirst today announced that the companies are partnering to make secure communications and care collaboration software available to the independent pharmacy marketplace. Rx30, the leader in independent pharmacy management software, and DrFirst, a leader in e-medication management software and secure communications, will integrate DrFirst’s Backline platform within the Rx30 Pharmacy Management System. Through the agreement, secure communications and care collaboration functionality will be available to Rx30 system users at approximately 4,500 independent pharmacies nationwide. “The time consumed by phone calls and faxes between pharmacists and doctors has been a huge pain point for both sides for decades” Local pharmacies play an increasingly important role in overall patient care. The frequency of traditional pharmacy-patient engagements combined with the growth of outpatient services being provided by pharmacies, such as medication therapy management (MTM), now requires pharmacists to communicate more frequently and more securely with their patients and their patients’ doctors. DrFirst will integrate private and group secure texting capabilities, automated event notifications, clinical content distribution, and other care team collaboration functionality within the Rx30 system. This will allow pharmacists to seamlessly contact and complete communications with doctors and patients directly within the Rx30 workflow. “The time consumed by phone calls and faxes between pharmacists and doctors has been a huge pain point for both sides for decades,” said Steve Wubker, president and CEO of Transaction Data Systems. “Our pharmacists are thrilled at the prospect of eliminating this hurdle and completing prescription clarifications, change requests and other tasks in minutes instead of hours. The ability to communicate securely across multiple organizations – hospitals,...
Independent pharmacies focus on local ties to battle competititors, benefit manager cost cutting

Independent pharmacies focus on local ties to battle competititors, benefit manager cost cutting

Kingwood Pharmacy in East Ridge is always packed during the first weekend in November because that’s when the 69-year-old pharmacy holds its annual Christmas open house. It’s festive — new products, refreshments and discounts abound. “It’s more like a homecoming,” said store manager Joe Harper. “Customers who haven’t been in but once or twice a year come in. Everyone comes back for the open house.” Some customers bring their out-of-town kids, just to say hello and chat with the pharmacy’s 34 staff members. “We tell our customers how much we appreciate them,” Harper said. “Because they do pass several pharmacies coming here.” The fact that loyal customers pour in every year without fail is one reason why Harper and other area independent pharmacists aren’t worried about competition from national chains. Independent pharmacists are confident that chains can’t offer the same personal care and service that an independent can. There’s still a market, they say, for the individual pharmacy store. But in a world increasingly driven by convenience, insurance and low prices, independent pharmacies are facing a tougher market than ever. The number of independent pharmacies in the United States has been halved in the past three decades, and several high profile pharmacies have recently closed or sold in the Chattanooga area, including the 84-year-old Belvoir Pharmacy and 120-year-old Chickamauga Drug Store. “It hurts me,” said Jerry Grimmitt, who’s owned 58-year-old Longley Pharmacy in Rossville since 2001. “I hate when anyone sells out. I’ll compete with Walgreens and CVS all day long. They don’t scare me. I know that once someone comes in here once or twice, they’re going to...
New Markets: A prescription for independent pharmacies

New Markets: A prescription for independent pharmacies

With an uncertain regulatory landscape and declining reimbursement rates, most pharmacists would agree that it is tougher to be an independent pharmacist today than it was in years past. Asked to describe their challenges and concerns, pharmacists mentioned declining reimbursement rates for prescription drugs, mail-order use forced on patients, and the uncertainty surrounding healthcare regulation, among other issues. What to do? So how does an independent survive and thrive in these uncertain times? Some pharmacists say that it’s going to be much tougher for independents to survive as typical retail pharmacies in which filling patient prescriptions is the only service offered. On the other hand, “If you’re willing to work hard and have an entrepreneurial mindset,” said Andrew Keenan, PharmD, of Valley Prescription and Compounding Pharmacy in Merced, Calif. (www.valleyrxandcompounding.com), “then it can be a great time to be an independent pharmacist owner.” His advice to independent pharmacists: “Look into other areas where you can use your education as a drug expert.” You gotta have smarts The common thread running through the success stories is that independent pharmacists need to think creatively in order to capitalize on new business opportunities. According to Jeffrey Hill, PharmD, co-owner at Valley Rx, he and his partner are looking into opportunities to offer services in the areas of hormone replacement therapy and long-term care. In addition, they’re already providing compounding services accredited by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB). When asked why a compounding pharmacy should obtain PCAB accreditation, Hill said that it was a good way for a compounding pharmacy to show that it adheres to rigorous standards that increase patient safety....