Pharmacists Mutual News & Announcements

Dispose of Unneeded Medications to Protect Your Loved Ones

Prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions across the country. In 2011, over 6 million people aged 12 or older abused prescription drugs, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a government agency that conducts a national survey on related topics each year. The same survey showed that over 50% of people Read More »

Proactive Narcotic Abuse Screening

Case: An independent pharmacy filling high-doses of narcotic CNS depressants for a middle-aged man, receives notice of a claim. The patient was found unresponsive by his wife, and pronounced dead at the scene. Toxicology reports indicate supratherapeutic concentrations of hydrocodone, oxycodone, and alprazolam. Additionally, multiple tablets of Oxycontin® are found in the patient’s stomach upon Read More »

Homeowner H”app”iness

To say we have busy lives is an understatement.  Most of us could use more time in our day.  We have many things to do and keep track of.  Caring for our families and homes are responsibilities most of us take pride in.  From major home improvement projects to painting a wall, a little help Read More »

Is it an Inside Job?

At Pharmacists Mutual, the Risk Management department regularly reviews pharmacy crimes to evaluate ways to help member companies consider security measures in their pharmacies.  A burglar often visits a pharmacy before breaking in.  The average burglar visits his or her target five times; allowing them to check out motion sensors and other security measures, learn Read More »

Not Only How, But Why

A recent edition of Pharmacy Today magazine contained an article that talked about pharmacists getting the right drug at the right dose to the right patient at the right time.  The article was discussing pharmacogenetics and not dispensing errors.  However, the article did remind me how critical it is to deliver the proper medication to Read More »

Actions to Take When There is an Active Shooter

The term Active Shooter is fairly new in the lexicon of crime. It became popular in the past decade as a way of quickly describing situations where a person or persons was in the area, armed and intent on doing harm. Over the years, active shooter incidents have included shootings at post offices, schools, offices, Read More »

Dealing with the Aftermath of a Home Fire

Each year in the United States there are over 360,000 home fires reported to fire departments. The chance of your household becoming part of these statistics in your lifetime is 1 in 4. If you include fires not reported to the fire department, estimates from the National Fire Prevention Association indicate that each household can Read More »

Why Should I Carry Professional Liability Coverage?

We hear this question on a regular basis.  We hear many reasons why a pharmacist or pharmacy owner does not feel it is necessary to have a personal policy.  Think about the principle of auto insurance.  We know we insure our own car, but sometimes the problem is whether the other driver has insurance. The Read More »

NCPA Annual Convention

Pharmacists Mutual Companies will be exhibiting and participating in presentations during the NCPA Annual Convention held October 13 – 19, 2016, in New Orleans, LA. PMC is always happy to meet members and prospective members. Stop by and see us at any of these following events: High Performance Strategies for Long Term Care Pharmacies Pharmacy Read More »

Healthiest State Walk 2016

Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company participates in the Healthiest State Walk 2016 On October 5,thousands of Iowans will again support Iowa’s efforts to become a healthier state with the goal of having at least one organized walk in all 99 counties.I’m pleased to announce that this statewide effort will include Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company. This walk Read More »

Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew, a large category three hurricane heading towards the southeast United States, is expected to bring strong winds, heavy surf, and torrential rain beginning late Thursday or early Friday. Current forecasts are uncertain if a landfall will occur. We are concerned about you and your family’s well-being. Being prepared may be the one thing you can Read More »

The Pharmacists Mutual Community Pharmacy Scholarship – 2016 Recipients

Ward’s Top 50 2016

We are pleased to share that Pharmacists Mutual has been named as a 2016 Ward’s 50 top performing company. What does that mean? We are being recognized for being one of the top 50 Property and Casualty insurers in the United States. The Ward Group reviewed nearly 3000 insurers using multiple metrics for safety, consistency, Read More »

Pharmacy Crime Report

Pharmacies across the country continue to be the targets of burglars and robbers seeking drugs. Pharmacists Mutual provides an in-depth look at the problem and measures pharmacists need to take to protect themselves in this examination of pharmacy crime. VIEW CRIME REPORT

Scan Verification Software

“It’s Self-Evident – Equip all technicians with scan verification software” Michael Stotz, Senior Marketing Manager, Kirby Lester Pharmacy today operates in the midst of a litigious society. Coupled with a steady increase in the number and types of drugs the probability of a error continues to increase. Technology provides an opportunity to reduce the chances Read More »

Healthcare Data Breaches

Healthcare Data Breaches – 2015 was a record year Michael Warren, Risk Manager, ARM, OHST 2015 was a year of records. For you golf fans, it marked the debut of the world’s largest useable golf club. At 14 feet five inches, it drove a ball a distance of 524 feet. Unfortunately, the record set with Read More »

Crime Statistics

Who are they and what are they thinking? Offenders and pharmacy robbery and burglary. Tara O’Connor Shelley, Ph.D., Center for the Study of Crime and Justice (CSCJ), Department of Sociology, Colorado State University Pharmacists Mutual has been tracking pharmacy crime statistics for over 5 years in order to develop effective measures to address a problem that Read More »

Naloxone – Cautions for the Pharmacist

Kristen Jones, PharmD, Risk Management Consultant In 2013 alone, legal and illegal opioid drugs killed 24,492 people nationwide, including 16,235 who used synthetic opioid drugs such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, and 8,257 others dying from heroin, the CDC reports. Overdose is the number one cause of accidental death surpassing automobile accidents. In the mid-1990s, community Read More »