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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Caught in the current

So many things running around in my brain, I can hardly keep up. It’s exciting, yet nerve-wracking. I am nearing the end of my residency, and I feel like I am just now gaining speed. I think having the new

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Can we save Independent Pharmacy?

It seems that many independents around the country are closing their doors or selling out to large corporations like Walgreens. Insurance reimbursement is just too low, despite good volume of prescriptions. The problem with this is that most people actually

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Independent pharmacies may get what they deserve

It seems that independents may finally get what they deserve. I truly can’t see how this will inevitably affect Walgreens and other supergiants. I think they might feel more like a personal pharmacy when not driven by the hands of

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Instruction FAIL

Below is a blurb from the ASHP Daily Briefing. The last line is something that just shouldn’t be happening. Many Patients Struggle With “Take as Directed” Prescription Label Instructions. The New York Times (7/5, D6, Span, Subscription Publication) reports that “patients must

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Take Control of the Situation!

I think pharmacies need to take more control on the patient’s behalf. They need to get away from the drugstore model and be more involved with the patient. Wouldn’t it be great if you made an appointment with your pharmacist once a

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Yeah, but does it help?

I am impressed with the initiatives by the government coming out, such as Partnership for Patients, and now Script Your Future. I think it’s important to educate people about their medications, and doing it in a consistent manner (assuming that

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Have You Had Your Staph Today?

Last year, I watched Food, Inc., and it changed a lot of the way I view not only food, but politics. I think I need a refresher. The movie helps you to bridge the gap between farm and plate. It

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