Skip to main content

Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Pharmacy and prescription drugs

Antibiotic Stewardship Program (ASP) Case Study: Critical Access Hospital - Southwest Health System
Outlines the governance structure, implementation strategies, key milestones, and outcomes from Cortez, Colorado-based Southwest Health System's antimicrobial stewardship program.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Research & Educational Trust
view details
Rural-Urban Enrollment in Part D Prescription Drug Plans: June 2017 Update
Updates prior policy briefs and shows state-to-state variation in stand-alone prescription drug plans and Medicare Advantage with Prescription Drug plans. Features statistics with breakdowns by rural and urban enrollment in 2008 and 2017.
Author(s): Paula Weigel, Fred Ullrich, Keith Mueller
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
view details
Preventing Drug Abuse: Low Participation by Pharmacies and Other Entities as Voluntary Collectors of Unused Prescription Drugs
Report to Congress documenting low participation rates among pharmacies and other eligible entities in the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) unused controlled substance collection and disposal program. Includes an outline of program requirements, a state-by-state overview of currently eligible and enrolled entities, and information about participation rates by rural and urban location.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
view details
Medicare Payment Basics: Part D Payment System
Presents an overview of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
view details
SLV N.E.E.D. (Naloxone - Education - Empowerment - Distribution)
Video featuring the San Luis Valley N.E.E.D. (Naloxone - Education - Empowerment - Distribution) program, which provides opioid-related education to healthcare providers and the community, as well as a naloxone distribution program and naloxone training for first responders in six rural Colorado counties.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
view details
Drug Discount Program: Update on Agency Efforts to Improve 340B Program Oversight
Testimony before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives, describing the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) actions and plans for improving 340B program oversight. Also provides an update on the Government Accountability Office's work regarding the 340B program and HRSA oversight. Includes information on 340B program participants, background, structure, audit frequency, and more.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
view details
340B Hospitals Use Their Contract Pharmacy Benefit to Treat Low-Income and Rural Patients: Results from a Survey of 340B Health Members
Presents results from a survey of 340B Health member hospitals regarding the importance and financial benefit of the contract pharmacy arrangement. Primary focus is on understanding and explaining how the contract pharmacy arrangement benefits low-income and rural patients.
Additional links: Report Overview
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: 340B Health
view details
Opioid Prescribing - Where You Live Matters
Presents county-by-county data on opioid prescriptions throughout the nation. Includes a guide for providers on how to decrease the amount of opioids prescribed, as well as what states, health insurers, and individuals can do to limit opioid use.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
view details
Vital Signs: Changes in Opioid Prescribing in the United States, 2006-2015
Reports on opioid prescribing in the United States from 2006 to 2015. Includes data for metropolitan, micropolitan, and noncore (rural) counties. Also offers maps showing county-level prescriptions per capita in 2015 and changes in prescriptions per capita from 2010 to 2015.
Author(s): Gery P. Guy Jr., Kun Zhang, Michele K. Bohm, et al.
Location: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 66(26), 697-704
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
view details
A Project to Promote Adherence to Blood Pressure Medication Among People Who Use Community Pharmacies in Rural Montana, 2014–2016
Results of a project conducted by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services to evaluate interventions by community pharmacies to promote blood pressure medication adherence. Includes optional activity through which clinicians can earn continuing medical education credit.
Author(s): Carrie S. Oser, Crystelle C. Fogle, James A. Bennett
Location: Preventing Chronic Disease, 14
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
view details