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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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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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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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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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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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FDA’s take on tattoo and permanent makeup INKS

Ever curious about the inks they use in tattoos? Have you really thought about what they are made of or where they come from? The FDA wants to inform you about these inks for tattoos and permanent makeup. Check out

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What is a Pharmacy Residency all about?

One thing I wish I had read prior to interviewing for residency was the Resident’s Guide to the RLS. RLS stands for the Residency Learning System, and discusses all the reasoning behind the designing of the infamous Resi-Trak, the headache

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