Going Beyond Dispensing: The Future of Pharmacist Roles

State practice acts still make pharmacists responsible for safe and accurate dispensing, but economics are squeezing pharmacists out of the process. Amazon bought PillPack in 2018 and is seeking pharmacy trademarks in more than a dozen countries. The company also advised patients in 2019 that it would be adding Amazon Pharmacy to packaging. However, Amazon isn’t alone in squeezing prescription profit margins. Other e-pharmacy startups are also offering fast, low-cost delivery of Rx medications as payers and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) continue to trim already-low product reimbursement and pharmacy profit margins. “Dispensing is dying,” said Becky Winslow, PharmD, senior pharmacogenomics specialist, Medical Affairs, Admera Health.

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