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Christy Whitley, Pharmacy ManagerPHARMACYBERNSTEIN@ecu.edu

EMR:  Refill, Bernstein Pharmacy

Medication Therapy Management and744-2194 (phone) 744-2813 (fax)

Prior Authorization ServicesEMR:  Pharmacist, Prior Authorizations

John Dombach, Pharmacist

Kennedy Blount, Pharmacist

Formulary:

There is no specific formulary for the ECU Pharmacies.  All pharmacies will order any medication prescribed by any ECUProvider.  In addition, the FPC Pharmacy supplies allpatient medications for the clinical areas of ECU Physicians.

Pharmacy Indigent Care Program:

The Pharmacy Services Department has been very concerned about the current trend in prescription pricing.  Many of the large retail pharmacies are offering discounted generic prescriptions in an effort to generate sales on non prescription items. Patients are being lured into believing that this is an effective way to purchase medications.  In practice, this has many disadvantages.  Consumers and providers may not read the fine print on number of tablets and dosage forms offered at the discounted level.  Many times the actual price of the patient’s prescription is above the advertised price they are expecting. Patients often spend more money on unneeded items while waiting for their discounted prescriptions. Patients go from store to store “shopping” for the lowest price for their prescriptions.  This can lead to drug/drug interactions and therapeutic duplications because a single location does not have a complete profile of all the medications the patient is taking.  

Having a prescription filled should be about more than just the price at the register.  Our pharmacy staff at ECU works diligently to assure patients receive meds for appropriate indications at appropriate doses, as well as screen patient profiles for interactions and duplications.  The clinical pharmacy staff takes great pride in providing excellent pharmaceutical care.  Our employees realize the importance of developing personal relationships with patients in order to develop a sense of trust so that patients will confide in our staff with medication questions.  In an effort to encourage compliance, our pharmacists also always provide counseling at the point of sale for all new prescriptions and are readily available to assist patients with any questions.  

To encourage the use of our professional pharmacies and experienced clinical pharmacists, Pharmacy Services provides discounted pricing for our indigent patients.  Any patient who is identified by patient access services, financial counselors, social workers, or clinical staff as having NO pharmacy insurance, is

March 17, 2009

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