Integrative Musings

Category: Controversies

While I think the recent attention to the shady practices of big Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) is good overall, it’s not yet addressing the biggest issues. I can tell you why the prohibition of gag clauses was not pushed back …

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This entire article was taken directly from http://www.uspharmacist.com/weekly_news_update/story/33876/ Pharmacists Aren’t Health Care Providers? Really? Washington, D.C.—Pharmacists seeking to expand their scope of practice have some powerful allies in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), but progress is likely to be …

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I love when things start to fall into place. I recently spoke with a physician who would love to have the help of a pharmacist in managing his new pain patients, all of whom filtered over from another doc (or …

Pharmacist Call To Action- Stop the Pain Read More »

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I saw this headline on a LinkedIn update today from one of the many groups I subscribe to: New Survey: Walgreens’ Customers Flock to Independent Pharmacies. Walgreens made a bold move and exited some major benefit networks. Thousands of people …

Let’s Not Supersize That Rx Just Yet Read More »

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I receive daily updates on happenings in pharmacy and healthcare from ASHP daily. It’s a great resource, even when it notifies me of scary stuff such as the following: Looks like we can put the control of our medications in …

Drugs By Microchip Implant: How To NOT Empower Your Patients Read More »

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Seems that, in light of a potential Express Scripts/Medco merger, Express Scripts is taking over a lot more than the drug program for the state of Maryland……. what is going on here? Remember when you studied economics and they said …

Express Scripts Monster Read More »

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Vitamins and Mortality These folks are saying that taking vitamin supplements may increase risk of death. They neglected to take into account the utilization of primary care and specialists in this population. I would say that many people are trying …

Vitamins increase mortality risk? Read More »

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I read NCPA’s blog The Dose, and sometimes it takes a few days to get to the email in my inbox with the initial blurb. Today’s talked about a New Mexico independent pharmacist. Being from there, I had to see …

Express Scripts- Medco Merger The Final Straw for Community Pharmacy Read More »

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When I think of pushing forward with initiating new services and knowing that I will have many people shoot me down right away, I must remember the following: Nicolo Machiavelli, 1513 (per Paul Ridker, MD):  It must be considered that …

On a New Order Read More »

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The profanity is flowing. Things need to get done. My first preceptor from my 4th year of pharmacy school, and one who has done so much for pharmacy in New Mexico, lit a fire under my butt this morning. This week, I realized …

Calling Angry Pharmacists! Read More »

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