Magazine article Drug Topics

New Syntex-CSN Program Pays R.Ph.S to Counsel

Magazine article Drug Topics

New Syntex-CSN Program Pays R.Ph.S to Counsel

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Community pharmacists now have a chance to snap up a bargain. Not only can they get free software package for patient counseling, they get paid for providing cognitive services.

A patient-counseling software package has been released by Syntex Laboratories Inc. and Cognitive Service Network. The computer program, tied into Naprosyn (naproxen) prescriptions, signal the pharmacist to counsel patients at the time of the initial Rx and again on a quarterly basis when they return for refills. Pop-up prompts also remind the pharmacist to offer patients the opportunity to receive free educational materials at home. In addition, the program automatically sends patients refill reminders under the name of the dispensing pharmacy.

In return for counseling patients about Naprosyn, pharmacists will be reimbursed by Syntex at the rate of $4 per session. The maximum cognitive services payment per patient is $16 per year. And there is no charge to the pharmacy to enroll in the CSN program.

"Every participant in the healthcare delivery process wins," said Richard Pilarczyk, president and CEO of General Computer Corp., which joined Zadox Health Care Corp. …

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