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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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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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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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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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Pharmacy Specialties…. do I take the plunge?

Part of the residency is attempting to personalize the year to the resident’s interests. My electives will be exponentially different if I want to open my own pharmacy vs become a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) upon completion of the residency.

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Victory!

Sometimes, you jump out on a limb, and it ends up being the right thing to do. I have been scheduling CMR’s (Complete Medication Reviews) with patients over the phone. It’s a delicate process, as: 1) they aren’t used to

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Collaborative you say?

amednews: Doctor-pharmacist teamwork can apply to many settings :: Aug. 16, 2010 … American Medical News. Yet another great article shared by my mentor Bill Jones. I love that guy! I think that CDTM (Collaborative Drug Therapy Management) needs to

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