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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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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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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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Amen

We received our IRB approval!! Amen

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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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