Are people relying too much on the traditional doctor/patient interaction?
Across healthcare, organizations are launching sustained initiatives that tap into pharmacists' wealth of knowledge as we seek to manage chronic diseases and complex health issues.
Couple the power of an accurate medication list with the medication expertise and management of the pharmacist, and I see patient health improving, adverse drug events falling and health care dollars being saved in the process.
I graduated from pharmacy school a year ago and have been a licensed pharmacist for almost 10 months now. I wish I could say all those hours spent studying in pharmacy school and all the debt I incurred was worth it now that I am a practicing pharmacist.
But then this post wouldn’t be called Why I Regret Becoming a Pharmacist.
Barbers used to perform surgery on their clients—they could certainly dole out medication today.
As consumers face rapidly rising drug costs, states across the country are moving to block “gag clauses” that prohibit pharmacists from telling customers that they could save money by paying cash for prescription drugs rather than using their health insurance.
From reputable, prominent, and well known pharmacists to the lesser known pharmacists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the pharmacist field.
Pharmacists are trained to do much more than dispense medication, and they could help plug the growing gaps in chronic care management in the United States.
The trouble is that state pharmacy practice statutes were written in a different era, and haven’t caught up with the training pharmacists receive today. There’s a chasm between what pharmacists are trained to do and what they are allowed to do by law.
While I suspect there is plenty of blame to share, perhaps it might be more productive if the oversight group and “small government” representatives targeted lobbyists as well as the FDA for admonishment…but then they might not be re-elected.
Greece. A land of rich history, catastrophic recession, and, apparently, far too many pharmacists.
In fact, Greece has the largest number of pharmacists, per inhabitant, in all of Europe. On a per capita basis, there are more than twice as many Greek pharmacists as French or Spanish ones, 74% more than in Bulgaria—Greece’s nearest competitor in druggist density—and an astonishing 17 times as many as in Denmark.
Amazon is considering a move into the pharmacy business, the Journal reported last weekend. Just imagine the special cross-marketing touch the retail giant could bring to the splintered industry if it moves into the health-care field in a big way.
Here’s an astonishing fact l learned from my colleague Hank Hoang, Pharm D, a licensed pharmacist who pointed out to me that over 90 percent of Americans live within five miles of a pharmacy. This is a tremendous opportunity to improve health care that I think we often overlook.
Family-run drug stores are an American tradition, one that Vincent Hartzell has wanted to take part in since the fourth grade.
If you're looking to save a few dollars — who isn't, really? — here is some fail-safe advice: stop buying Advil.
Stop buying Tylenol, Aleve, Motrin or any other brand-name painkiller while you're at it. This isn't to say you shouldn't buy any painkillers at all — just that you should pick up the generic version — the acetaminophen and ibuprofen and naproxen that your local drugstore chain markets for about one third of the price.
Finally, it’s possible that letting CVS and Aetna merge will give them new tools to unfairly undercut their competitors. The most obvious concern is that CVS will push Aetna customers to use their pharmacies instead of, say, Walgreens, or their mom-and-pop drugstore around the corner.
The scope of pharmacy practice is expanding in all care settings.
Your local pharmacy is closing the wage divide between men and women.
I can’t help but compare this protocol to the VSE (vasopressin+steroids+epinephrine) protocol in cardiac arrest. The VSE protocol was subjected to a randomized controlled trial in 2009 and again in 2013. The effects of VSE were dramatic.
Community Pharmacies Have Deep Relationships With Patients -- And Amazon Never Will
Community pharmacies have what a drone can never deliver: face-to-face care.
Human interaction pays meaningful and irreplaceable dividends in improving a patient’s spirits and therefore their health. Whether that interaction comes in something as simple as a hug or handshake, there is no denying that injecting human touch into the health equation just makes patients feel better. Think of it as chicken soup for the soul … over the counter.
In the three decades since my dad installed that underpowered PC in his store, computers have helped pharmacists do their jobs better and faster. Unfortunately for the field's human practitioners, these once-helpful machines can now do the job on their own.
The CVS-Aetna merger might be the first step toward changing their role. Evidence and history suggest this could be the right move.
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