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Resources by Topic: Pharmacy and prescription drugs

County-Level Drug Overdose Mortality in the United States, 2003-2020
Collection of data visualizations showing drug overdose rates at the national, state, and county levels. Includes urban-rural trends by state with data for metropolitan, micropolitan, and noncore areas.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Medicare Part D Opioid Prescribing Mapping Tool
Interactive mapping tool identifies opioid prescription rates at the state, county, and zip code level for de-identified Medicare Part D claims from 2015-2020. Also offers rural/urban opioid prescribing data, changes in prescribing rates in 1 year and 5 year increments, and hot spots and outliers in long-acting opioid prescribing.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Medication Safety Assessment Form
Provides a form for Critical Access Hospitals to assess medication safety. Developed by the Florida Flex program with their Quality Improvement Organization, which is the Florida Medical Quality Assurance Incorporated.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Florida Office of Rural Health
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Implementation Toolsets for E-Prescribing
Provides toolsets for supporting e-prescribing implementation, one for physicians in small practices and one for independent pharmacies. The toolkits offer a step-by-step guide to prepare for and launch an e-prescribing system.
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Uniform Data System (UDS) Mapper
Illustrates the geographic reach, penetration, and growth of the Section 330-funded Health Center Program (HCP) and its relationship to other federally-linked health resources. Provides data on health centers and their service areas, as well as population indicators. Includes access to Mapping Areas of Priority for Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAP for MAT), with data identifying areas of high need and services available related to the opioid epidemic. Free, but registration is required.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organizations: American Academy of Family Physicians, Robert Graham Center
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PubMed Search: Rural Pharmacy Services
Searches PubMed's collection of journal article citations on pharmacy services in rural areas.
Type: Literature Search
Sponsoring organization: U.S. National Library of Medicine
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RxAssist: Patient Assistance Program Center
Provides a searchable database of patient assistance programs that provide free or low-cost prescription medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine. Includes information for patients and for healthcare providers.
Type: Directory
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The 340B Prime Vendor Program
Serves as the contractor for the Health Resources and Services Administration 340B Prime Vendor Program. Provides access to discounted medications, education, and compliance needs to nearly 40,000 health centers and hospitals that serve vulnerable populations.
Type: Website
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340B Drug Pricing Program
Provides information and updates on the 340B Drug Pricing Program, which allows certain facilities, such as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), FQHC Look-Alikes, Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Sole Community Hospitals, Rural Referral Centers, and Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSH) that meet certain requirements, to purchase prescription and non-prescription medications at a reduced cost.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Office of Pharmacy Affairs
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Rural Pharmacy and Prescription Drugs Topic Guide
Addresses challenges related to providing access to prescription medications in rural communities, the financial viability of rural pharmacies, rural pharmacy workforce shortages, the 340B Drug Pricing Program, and new business models and technological advances for providing pharmacy services in rural areas.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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