More independent pharmacies are using pharmacy technology to offer a variety of creative solutions to their patients. Their communities are healthier, and more payers and manufacturers are noticing the vital role that pharmacies play in patient care.
As the third leading cause of death, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, affects nearly 15.7 million Americans. There are various modes of symptom relief. Along with healthy practices and a rescue inhaler, COPD patients typically experience improved respiration with maintenance medication, usually a bronchodilator.
In 2017, the FDA approved a new medication called Lonhala Magnair (glycopyrrolate), a maintenance medication from Sunovion. Lonhala Magnair is the first long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) dispensed through a nebulizer to be approved by the FDA. The portable device makes the twice-daily treatment quick and simple. Lonhala Magnair was officially released into the market on April 4, 2018.
Patients who use Lonhala Magnair may need additional clinical accountability to ensure the nebulizer is properly used and cleaned. Sunovion has partnered with pharmacies that would increase the effectiveness of the Lonhala Magnair therapy, including PioneerRx pharmacies.
Those with the PioneerRx will not only be able to follow the built-in Care Plan around Lonhala Magnair, they will be reimbursed by Sunovion, as well. PioneerRx will conduct the reporting and submit the data to Sunovion, who in turn will reimburse pharmacies for providing excellent clinical services and documenting them through Care Plans. These services include routine monthly patient phone calls (similar to med sync calls) and patient education that reinforces proper handling and cleaning of the nebulizer.
As independent pharmacies work to manage chronic conditions like COPD, they can show their value to payers and manufacturers by proving the positive impact independent pharmacy has on patient outcomes. Care Plans like the Sunovion Lonhala Magnair plan featured within PioneerRx’s pharmacy software are confirming that independent pharmacy is quick to embrace innovation and use it to change lives — more so than the large-scale chains.
PioneerRx users can read more about Sunovion Lonhala Magnair within the Help File and may contact their Account Managers with additional questions.