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URAC Seeks Public Comments on Revised Specialty Pharmacy and Mail Service Pharmacy Accreditation Standards and Measures
Date:8/6/2014

ffairs at Humana Pharmacy Solutions. “The pharmaceutical landscape is changing, as seen by a significant shift from conventional brands to specialty drugs. There are over 600 specialty drugs in the pipeline that will account for 40-45% of pharmaceutical sales by 2017. As a result, specialty and mail order pharmacy practices will take a more prominent role in the healthcare delivery system. URAC has been focused on these changing market dynamics and is strengthening the accreditation of specialty and mail order pharmacy practice,” said Caldwell. “It is vitally important for any pharmacy in the specialty drug business to invest in the infrastructure to support the unique requirements necessary to dispense, monitor, and manage specialty medications with their patients, their health plans, and pharmacy benefit management (PBM) partners. These proposed standards are designed to align the specialty and mail order pharmacy best practices with the growth of the specialty drug boom to improve patient outcomes, reduce adverse drug events, increase medication adherence, and minimize medication waste.”

Public comments are due no later than September 5, 2014. For more information, please contact URAC’s director, product development, Donna Merrick at 202-216-9010 or productdevelopment(at)urac(dot)org.

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URAC, a national accreditation leader, offers over 30 highly regarded accreditation and benchmarking programs that span the healthcare spectrum. URAC programs are created and updated by independent industry-spanning experts to address the latest market trends and needs and is a symbol of excellence that validates an organization’s commitment to quality and accountability. URAC is the accrediting body for various aspects of pharmacy practice with six pharmacy quality management programs: Community Pharmacy Accreditation; Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation; Mail Service Pharmacy Accreditation; Pharmacy Benefit Management Accreditation; Dr
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