The Evolving Role of the Alternate Site Pharmacist in Continuity of Care

By Rich McKeon, MBA, McKesson Alternate Site Pharmacy Solutions

Following is an excerpt from a Marketplace Experts column recently published in McKnight’s Long term Care News, for the full article, please click the link at the bottom of the page:

As the Baby Boom generation continues to age and move through the healthcare system, there are approximately 10,000 people entering Medicare every day1. Additionally, some estimates are that the number of people over 65 will increase by 50% by 2020. However, there is not a linear translation into an increase in the traditional nursing home beds. With patients demanding more options for care, there is an increased focus on treating patients in a variety of non-acute care settings.

Responding to this growth and the evolving needs within alternate sites of care, the Long Term Care Division of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) has been an important resource to help identify the most critical business issues and advocate on behalf of the pharmacies they serve. McKesson Alternate Site Pharmacy Solutions is proud to sponsor NCPA’s LTC Division and support their efforts by providing educational resources for NCPA members interested in the alternate site pharmacy industry, as well as underwriting the recently published cost-to-dispense study, which showed that LTC pharmacies incur dispensing costs that are 25 percent higher than those of traditional retail pharmacies and provide additional services to meet the unique health needs of LTC residents.


About the author: Rich McKeon is Vice President of the McKesson Alternate Site Pharmacy business. For more information about long-term care and alternate site pharmacy solutions, call McKesson at 800-571-2889, email at, or visit