Community-Based Pharmacy Doesn't Lack Innovation...
It lacks Scaled Innovation
For many decades now, grantors, grantees, like-minded schools of pharmacy and other supporters have focused a great deal of resources and effort on innovations in community-based pharmacy practice. Indeed, the Asheville Project’s results*of better adherence, better clinical measures, lower overall cost of care and increased worker productivity ring even more relevant in today’s health and payment reform environment than they did nearly 20 years ago when the project was launched.
Yet, despite being hailed as the turning point for the pharmacy profession and the sustainability of community-based pharmacy, the Asheville Project (along with many other successful innovations) were never able to get to sufficient scale to have wide spread practice and policy effects. That project is just one of hundreds, if not thousands of innovations in practice that ended up being “one in a row”^ projects.
It’s time to stop ignoring scale. It’s time to Flip the Pharmacy.
^ Credit to Jon Easter at the UNC Center for Medication Optimization for coining the phrase as it relates to pharmacy’s collective innovation efforts