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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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. …

Pharmacy Specialties…. do I take the plunge? Read more »

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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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