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Pharmacists Aren’t Health Care Providers? Really?

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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Pharmacist Call To Action- Stop the Pain

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

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Let’s Not Supersize That Rx Just Yet

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

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Drugs By Microchip Implant: How To NOT Empower Your Patients

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

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Express Scripts Monster

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

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Vitamins increase mortality risk?

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

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Express Scripts- Medco Merger The Final Straw for Community Pharmacy

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

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On a New Order

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

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Calling Angry Pharmacists!

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

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Take the Bull by the Horns

Well, another productive day. I spoke with a pharmacist at HMSA/Healthways who truly backs me. She told me how reimbursement really is (at least in Hawaii), and ways I can make a difference. Then, she connected me to people who

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