The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) this week is holding a webinar on Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) that gives pharmacies and pharmaceutical manufacturers solutions to optimize patient care.


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NCPDP webinar offers pharmacists REMS primer

February 22nd, 2011

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) this week is holding a webinar on Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) that gives pharmacies and pharmaceutical manufacturers solutions to optimize patient care.

The 90-minute online seminar, "REMS Webinar: An In-Depth Look at Industry Concerns and Technology Solutions," is scheduled for Feb. 24 at 12:00 p.m. EST.

NCPDP said the webinar will provide a roadmap for REMS, a Food and Drug Administration-mandated tool to help ensure that certain drug benefits outweigh risks and give patients access to medications that carry safety concerns that can be managed through appropriate use. REMS were created by the 2007 FDA Amendments Act to act as a post-marketing surveillance process to ensure medication safety.

Along with an overview of REMS for prescription drugs, the webinar will cover the "elements to assure safe use" that the FDA can use to implement a REMS; challenges and opportunities that REMS presents for pharmacists, pharmacies and manufacturers; the pharmacy industry's response to REMS; technology solutions that can be employed to improve patient care when a REMS is required; and manual REMS processes and electronic REMS processes. Registration is required to participate in the webinar.

NCPDP noted that is has developed a reference guide for REMS to ensure compliance; manage doctor engagement, benefits and workflow; and maximize patient access and effectiveness. The guide is intended for use with the council's ANSI-accredited Telecommunication Standard and Implementation Guide.

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