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2017 NCPDP Foundation Pour & Silent Auction

Don't miss the fifth annual Foundation Pour on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. during the 2017 40th Anniversary Conference. Read more

NCPDP Foundation Awards University of Arizona College of Pharmacy $10,000 in Student Scholarship Funds

NCPDP Foundation has awarded $10,000 in scholarship funds to College of Pharmacy students at the University of Arizona’s College of Pharmacy. This is the third year of the scholarship program and also the third year that the NCPDP Foundation has awarded scholarships to the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. Read More

IMS Health Study on Controlled Substance Misuse Underscores Importance of Clinical Intervention at Point of Prescribing

In 2016, NCPDP Foundation approached IMS Health to provide details of a study on controlled substance misuse to capture the effectiveness of PDMPs in curbing the opioid epidemic. The study was provided to NCPDP Foundation free of charge. The study demonstrates the complexities associated with PDMP use. The findings illustrate the potential value of incorporating NCPDP’s clinical risk-based approach in its PDMP Solution.

IMS Study Findings:
The IMS study quantifies the scope of the controlled substance misuse issue from a patient perspective. In a 12-month period ending February 2016, five million patients who were at high risk received a controlled substance drug. This equates to a 7.0% of patients with a risk percentage where a clinical decision should have been made by a doctor or a pharmacist to not prescribe or dispense a controlled substance. The data also showed that four million of these five million patients received a controlled substance from a high risk prescriber.

  • Time frame:
    12 months ending February 2016
  • Patients reviewed in study:
    234 million
  • Patient population that received a controlled substance drug:
    31.0% or 71 million
  • Number of patients who met high risk criteria*:
    7.0% or 5 million
  • Percent of high risk patients who received a Controlled Substance from a high risk prescriber**:
    81.0% or 4 million

With approximately 280 million controlled substance prescriptions written and 500 million dispensed a year, checking all these prescriptions outside of workflow is extremely burdensome. In 2014, NACDS did a survey of how long it takes to obtain and review PDMP data from various state PDMPs. The results from the pharmacy chains response ranged from 2-6 minutes. Using two minutes and based on the 500 million controlled substances dispensed would equate to 16.7 million pharmacy hours. If this same time commitment is assumed in the prescriber’s office and based on approximately 280 million controlled substances would equate to 9.3 million prescriber office hours. For this reason states have shown that a small percentage of the time PDMPs are checked.

By using existing real-time NCPDP standards 100 percent of the controlled substances can be checked real-time within workflow. When there is potential risk of prescribing or dispensing controlled substances the provider is then presented with medication history to make appropriate clinical decisions at point of care.

*High risk patients may visit multiple stores and/or prescribers, may have excessive cash paid prescriptions and have higher consumption of controlled substances.

** High risk prescribers have higher than normal controlled substance units dispensed, may have excessive cash, and have higher number of patients receiving 90+ days of therapy per prescription.

Source: CS Ratings, QuintilesIMS, time period reflects 12 months ending February 2016.

NCPDP Foundation Awards Grant to Healthcare Ready

NCPDP Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to Healthcare Ready, a nonprofit that works to assist in providing patient access to healthcare in the face of disaster and disease through collaboration with public health and healthcare. NCPDP Foundation’s grant builds upon NCPDP’s contribution of its dataQ® pharmacy data file as a primary data source for Healthcare Ready’s Rx Open. The grant provides funding to help Healthcare Ready obtain the most accurate geocoding of the pharmacy locations for use with its interactive map. Read More

NCPDP Foundation Receives $1,000,000 Endowment

In May 2016, the NCPDP Foundation received a $1,000,000 endowment from NCPDP in honor of NCPDP President, Lee Ann Stember. The endowment memorializes Stember’s 35th anniversary at NCPDP. Under Stember’s leadership, NCPDP has led the transformation of the pharmacy services sector and expanded its role from a standards development organization into a problem solving forum for healthcare industry and patient safety issues. Read more

NCPDP Co-founder Makes $25,000 Leadership Gift

Co-Founder of NCPDP and NCPDP Foundation Board founding member, Charles D. Pulido, R.Ph., together with his wife Mary, made a leadership gift of $25,000 to the NCPDP Foundation to support scholarships for pharmacy students and research to accelerate adoption of NCPDP standards. The generous donation was made in December 2015.

NCPDP Foundation Awards $10,000 in Scholarship Funds to 3 College of Pharmacy Students at Midwestern University

NCPDP Foundation awarded $10,000 in scholarship funds to 3 College of Pharmacy students at Midwestern University. Midwestern University’s College of Pharmacy held a scholarship ceremony to present the scholarships to the deserving recipients. Read more

FDB Donates $10,000 for Research to Optimize ePrescribing
Matching Funds from NCPDP Board of Trustees Increases Donation to $20,000

FDB (First Databank, Inc.) has made a $10,000 donation to NCPDP Foundation. The announcement was made on November 11, 2014 at a "Welcome to Indy" Reception that FDB hosted for over 200 attendees of the NCPDP 2014 Educational Summit and Joint Technical Work Group Meetings. The $10,000 donation will be matched dollar for dollar with matching funds approved by the Board of Trustees of NCPDP. Read more