Hospice Pharmacia Announces Local Access Service for Hospices in Houston, TX

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hospice Pharmacia (HP) has partnered with Omnicare Pharmacy of Houston to expand its HP/Omnicare Local Access Service for a number of hospice providers in the Greater Houston and surrounding area. The HP/Omnicare Local Access Service provides same day and urgent access to medications. HP’s staff members support hospice nurses by contacting the local Omnicare Pharmacy directly on behalf of the hospice. Omnicare Pharmacy of Houston offers a consistent and streamlined approach to providing urgently needed medications.

By enlisting HP’s assistance in procuring same-day medications hospices are able to spend less time on the phone and more time on patient care. After taking all relevant prescription and contact information for the patient from the hospice nurse, an HP representative communicates the patient’s needs directly to the Omnicare Pharmacy. Omnicare sources the controlled substance prescriptions when needed and is able to prioritize the needs of hospice patients. Omnicare also arranges delivery to the patient’s site of care with a courier service when needed.

HP’s new Local Access Service is an important new feature of HP’s expanding comprehensive suite of pharmacy tools. The new service provides value to hospice partners by allowing HP take on the additional administrative tasks of locating medications and facilitating delivery, thus enabling nurses to focus more of their time and energy on patient care.

About Hospice Pharmacia

Established in 1996, Hospice Pharmacia (HP), a division of excelleRx, an Omnicare company, provides medication counseling and pharmaceutical distribution services for hospice and chronic care patients throughout the United States. HP exists on the belief that all people, especially those dealing with end-of-life symptoms, have the right to appropriate medication. Through using technology and clinical expertise to change the way medication is prescribed and dispensed, HP ensures optimal and cost appropriate use of medication and thereby enhances quality of life. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, HP also has operations in Memphis, TN, Mt. Pleasant, SC and Sharon Hill, PA. For more information, please visit the Hospice Pharmacia web site at www.hospicepharmacia.com.

About Omnicare of Houston

Omnicare Pharmacy in Houston, TX provides pharmacy services to over 13,000 residents in long term care facilities, assisted living facilities, group homes and hospices in the South Texas Regional Service Area (RSA). The pharmacy has been servicing the area since 1992, operating under the name Abbey Pharmaceuticals until purchased by Omnicare, Inc. in 2006. Omnicare Pharmacy in Houston offers a full suite of pharmacy services, including infusion therapies and medications, and aims to set the gold standard in medication management and patient care. The pharmacy’s parent company, Omnicare, Inc. (NYSE: OCR), is a Fortune 500 company based in Covington, Kentucky, and is a leading provider of pharmaceutical care for the elderly. Omnicare serves residents in long-term care facilities, chronic care and other settings comprising approximately 1.4 million beds in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Omnicare is the largest U.S. provider of professional pharmacy, related consulting and data management services for skilled nursing, assisted living and other institutional healthcare providers as well as for hospice patients in homecare and other settings. Omnicare's pharmacy services also include distribution and patient assistance services for specialty pharmaceuticals. Omnicare offers clinical research services for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries in 32 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.omnicare.com.


Hospice Pharmacia (HP)
Rebecca Lewis, 877-882-7822
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