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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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Tipping Point

I find it “amusing” that our mentor Bill Jones has said numerous times that pharmacy residents aren’t very good at things for their first 6 months, and that after that, things start to click and they pick up momentum. Yesterday

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Have You Googled Yourself Lately?

Today at a conference, a very important speaker from the Governor’s office was introduced in a unique way (leave it to Hawai’i to make it fun and informal). The person moderating had looked this speaker up on Google and had

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United, we thrive

Currently, I am looking at Mission Statements for my residency and for the independent pharmacy I work at. It is increasingly clear that there is no unified vision at the pharmacy, and it adversely affects process, and therefore patient care.

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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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