The Role of a Pharmacist in Healthcare

By Alpesh Patel

The pharmaceutical industry is one that has existed in the realm of healthcare since the very beginning of medicine. When chemists first introduced medicine to the world, it helped the human race live longer and beat diseases and illnesses mankind could never have thought of surviving. One of the many attributes of a chemist – who is better known as a pharmacist today, is keeping patients adherent to their medication.

A lesser-known fact is that a pharmacist is the most easily accessible healthcare provider in the United States with a Doctorate degree and available at every point in the patient’s recovery to be able to assist with medications, provide advice and knowledge at no additional cost. In most cases, at chain pharmacies like CVS, Walgreens, etc. Pharmacists are short-staffed with technicians who usually perform store duties like counting pills and cashing out customers at the register. But unfortunately, they are the most under-utilized healthcare professionals for the knowledge they portray, and typically utilized for these administrative work that can be performed by technicians.

While we all hear about how important it is to keep your health in check, we often overlook the fact that the most important piece of the puzzle is medication adherence. No matter what your age or illness might be – medication adherence is key to helping you get better. Doctors can help diagnose the problem, but if the patient does not take the medication everyday or every month, they won’t get better from those health issues. The majority of healthcare expenses are being spent on hospitalization, re-hospitalization, and emergency visits.

Let’s take a step back and think about why medication adherence is important, and how a pharmacist plays a role in it. The first and foremost step is diagnosis. Doctors find out what is wrong with the patient’s health and diagnose the issue and write a prescription to solve the issue. The second step is the prescription itself, which is the solution that a pharmacist will help the patient with.

While the healthcare industry is growing immensely, the gap between physician consult, pharmacist consult, and prescription dispense is getting larger. Currently, out of 100 prescriptions, only 33 actually even get to the patient. 90% of the reason prescriptions don’t get to the patient is due to cost, convenience, and consultation. The role of a pharmacist is to follow the doctor’s diagnosis instructions, and the second most important role is to educate the patient through consultation about their recovery plan and medication.

Healthcare in the United States is a huge expense to many but educating yourself about the healthcare system will help you beat the monopoly and save major costs!

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Ravkoo Notifies Patients of Data Security Incident

Auburndale, Florida: January 3, 2022 – Ravkoo recently discovered that a data security incident on Ravkoo’s AWS hosted portal may have resulted in the unintentional exposure of personal information. Ravkoo sent notification of this incident to potentially impacted individuals and has provided resources to assist them.  Please be assured that Ravkoo takes the protection and proper use of personal information very seriously, and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

What Happened:  Ravkoo utilizes AWS cloud services for online hosting of its prescription portal. On September 27, 2021, Ravkoo detected that this portal was the target of a cybersecurity attack. An unauthorized third party attempted to infiltrate the portal. Ravkoo immediately engaged outside cybersecurity experts to conduct an investigation and to assist in its mitigation, restoration, and remediation efforts.  Ravkoo’s responsive forensic investigation subsequently revealed that certain prescription and health information could have been compromised. Notably, we have found no evidence that any individual’s Social Security Number was accessed or compromised as Ravkoo does not maintain this information within the impacted portal.  Further, Ravkoo does not have any evidence to indicate that any information involved in the incident has been or will be misused as a result of this incident. 

What We Are Doing:  Ravkoo worked with forensic experts to assess and increase the security of its AWS hosted portal.  Further, Ravkoo reported the incident to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is committed to assisting the FBI’s investigation into this matter.

As a safeguard, we have arranged for the potentially impacted individuals to enroll in a complimentary, online credit monitoring service provided by Kroll.  With this protection, Kroll will help resolve issues if your identity is compromised.

What You Can Do:  The notification letters that were sent to potentially affected individuals include resources and steps that they can take to help protect their personal and protected health information.  Security recommendations include the following:

  • Credit Report – Obtain a copy of your credit report, free of charge, whether or not you suspect any unauthorized activity on your account.
  • Security Freezes – You have the right to place a security freeze on your credit report. A security freeze is intended to prevent credit, loans, and services from being approved in your name without your consent.
  • Fraud Alerts – Fraud alerts tell creditors to follow certain procedures, including contacting you, before they open any new accounts or change your existing accounts.
  • Monitoring – Remain vigilant and monitor your accounts for suspicious or unusual activity.

Again, at this time, there is no evidence that any sensitive information has been misused.  However, we encourage the potentially impacted individuals to take full advantage of this service offering.  Kroll representatives have been fully versed on the incident and can answer questions or concerns regarding protection of personal information.

For More Information:  Please know that the protection of your personal information is a top priority, and we sincerely regret any concern or inconvenience that this matter may cause you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Kroll at 1-855-545-2509, Monday – Friday, 9:00am to 6:30pm Eastern Standard Time.

Sincerely,

Alpesh Patel

Alpesh Patel

CEO

Additional Information

Credit Reports: You may obtain a copy of your credit report, free of charge, whether or not you suspect any unauthorized activity on your account. You may obtain a free copy of your credit report from each of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies. To order your free credit report, please visit www.annualcreditreport.com, or call toll-free at 1-877-322-8228. You can also order your annual free credit report by mailing a completed Annual Credit Report Request Form (available at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0155-free-credit-reports ) to: Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA, 30348-5281.

Security Freeze: You also have the right to place a security freeze on your credit report. A security freeze is intended to prevent credit, loans, and services from being approved in your name without your consent. To place a security freeze on your credit report, you need to make a request to each consumer reporting agency. You may make that request by certified mail, overnight mail, regular stamped mail, or by following the instructions found at the websites listed below. The following information must be included when requesting a security freeze (note that if you are requesting a credit report for your spouse or a minor under the age of 16, this information must be provided for him/her as well): (1) full name, with middle initial and any suffixes; (2) Social Security number; (3) date of birth; (4) current address and any previous addresses for the past five years; and (5) any applicable incident report or complaint with a law enforcement agency or the Registry of Motor Vehicles. The request must also include a copy of a government-issued identification card and a copy of a recent utility bill or bank or insurance statement. It is essential that each copy be legible, display your name and current mailing address, and the date of issue. As of September 21, 2018, it is free to place, lift, or remove a security freeze. You may also place a security freeze for children under the age of 16. You may obtain a free security freeze by contacting any one or more of the following national consumer reporting agencies:

Equifax Security FreezeExperian Security FreezeTransUnion Security Freeze
P.O. Box 105788P.O. Box 9554P.O. Box 160
Atlanta, GA 30348Allen, TX 75013Woodlyn, PA 19094
1-800-349-99601-888-397-37421-800-909-8872
https://www.equifax.com/personal/credit-report-services/credit-freeze/www.experian.com/freeze/center
.html
www.transunion.com/credit-
freeze

Fraud Alerts: You can place fraud alerts with the three credit bureaus by phone and online with:

A fraud alert tells creditors to follow certain procedures, including contacting you, before they open any new accounts or change your existing accounts. For that reason, placing a fraud alert can protect you, but also may delay you when you seek to obtain credit. As of September 21, 2018, initial fraud alerts last for one year. Victims of identity theft can also get an extended fraud alert for seven years. The phone numbers for all three credit bureaus are at the bottom of this page.

Monitoring: You should always remain vigilant and monitor your accounts for suspicious or unusual activity.

File Police Report: You have the right to file or obtain a police report if you experience identity fraud. Please note that in order to file a crime report or incident report with law enforcement for identity theft, you will likely need to provide proof that you have been a victim. A police report is often required to dispute fraudulent items. You can generally report suspected incidents of identity theft to local law enforcement or to the Attorney General.

FTC and Attorneys General: You can further educate yourself regarding identity theft, fraud alerts, security freezes, and the steps you can take to protect yourself, by contacting the consumer reporting agencies, the Federal Trade Commission, or your state Attorney General.

The Federal Trade Commission can be reached at: 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20580, www.identitytheft.gov, 1-877-ID-THEFT (1-877-438-4338), TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The Federal Trade Commission also encourages those who discover that their information has been misused to file a complaint with them. You can obtain further information on how to file such a complaint by way of the contact information listed above. You have the right to file a police report if you ever experience identity theft or fraud. Please note that in order to file a report with law enforcement for identity theft, you will likely need to provide some proof that you have been a victim. Instances of known or suspected identity theft should also be reported to law enforcement. This notice has not been delayed by law enforcement.

For Maryland residents, the Attorney General can be contacted at 200 St. Paul Place, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202, 1-888-743- 0023, and www.oag.state.md.us.

For New Mexico residents, you have rights pursuant to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, such as the right to be told if information in your credit file has been used against you, the right to know what is in your credit file, the right to ask for your credit score, and the right to dispute incomplete or inaccurate information. Further, pursuant to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the consumer reporting agencies must correct or delete inaccurate, incomplete, or unverifiable information; consumer reporting agencies may not report outdated negative information; access to your file is limited; you must give your consent for credit reports to be provided to employers; you may limit “prescreened” offers of credit and insurance you get based on information in your credit report; and you may seek damages from violators. You may have additional rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act not summarized here.

Identity theft victims and active duty military personnel have specific additional rights pursuant to the Fair Credit Reporting Act. We encourage you to review your rights pursuant to the Fair Credit Reporting Act at www.consumerfinance.gov/f/201504_cfpb_summary_your-rights-under-fcra.pdf or by writing Consumer Response Center, Room 130-A, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580.

For North Carolina residents, the Attorney General can be contacted at 9001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-9001, 1-877- 566-7226 or 1-919-716-6400, and www.ncdoj.gov.

For New York residents, the Attorney General may be contacted at Office of the Attorney General, The Capitol, Albany, NY 12224- 0341, 1-800-771-7755, and https://ag.ny.gov/.

For Rhode Island residents, the Rhode Island Attorney General can be reached at 150 South Main Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02903, www.riag.ri.gov, and 1-401-274-4400. Under Rhode Island law, you have the right to obtain any police report filed in regard to this incident.