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Doctors’ Handwriting: A Pharmacist’s Nightmare

by pharmacy on December 7, 2010

One of the biggest fears of any pharmacist is filling a prescription improperly. Getting the wrong medication, the wrong dosage, or the wrong frequency could all potentially be life threatening mistakes. The margin for error in the field of pharmaceuticals is quite small. Between drug allergies, drug interactions, and dispensing medications that are harmful to a customer’s health, there are a number of ways filling a prescription can go horribly wrong if the pharmacist has trouble reading the physician’s handwriting. [click to continue…]

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4 National Pharmacist Associations

by pharmacy on November 9, 2010

As a pharmacist you will most likely be inundated with offers to join various local, state, and national organizations targeted at your profession. Joining one, or more, is a great way to expand your connections and get current information related to your field. The following four national pharmacist associations each have something special to offer industry insiders. [click to continue…]

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Plan B Controversy Continues in Washington

by pharmacy on September 20, 2010

Since its release, the Plan B emergency contraception pill has created controversy among pharmacists. For some pharmacists, religious beliefs about this form of contraception conflict with the requirements that they make the pill available to anyone with a prescription. In 2007, the Washington State Pharmacy Board issued a ruling that required all pharmacies to dispense the pill. Under the ruling, if a pharmacist has a religious objection another pharmacy employee is required to fill the prescription. Since the ruling several pharmacists filed suit to protest having to stock Plan B.

For three years, the pharmacy board has been attempting to negotiate a settlement between the two sides to avoid a lengthy legal case. The spokesperson for the Washington State Board of Health recently reported that in August the board voted to spend approximately one year collecting information and public testimony in an effort to find a solution that will satisfy both sides.

One proposal suggests asking objecting pharmacists to refer patients to pharmacies that will fill the prescription. The goal is to get the highest possible level of availability for patients without punishing pharmacists who have moral objections to the pill.

http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drugtopics/Modern+Medicine+Now/Washington-State-pharmacy-board-reconsiders-Plan-B/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/685891?contextCategoryId=47443

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Plan B Controversy Continues in Washington

by pharmacy on September 20, 2010

Since its release, the Plan B emergency contraception pill has created controversy among pharmacists. For some pharmacists, religious beliefs about this form of contraception conflict with the requirements that they make the pill available to anyone with a prescription. In 2007, the Washington State Pharmacy Board issued a ruling that required all pharmacies to dispense the pill. Under the ruling, if a pharmacist has a religious objection another pharmacy employee is required to fill the prescription. Since the ruling several pharmacists filed suit to protest having to stock Plan B.

For three years, the pharmacy board has been attempting to negotiate a settlement between the two sides to avoid a lengthy legal case. The spokesperson for the Washington State Board of Health recently reported that in August the board voted to spend approximately one year collecting information and public testimony in an effort to find a solution that will satisfy both sides.

One proposal suggests asking objecting pharmacists to refer patients to pharmacies that will fill the prescription. The goal is to get the highest possible level of availability for patients without punishing pharmacists who have moral objections to the pill.

http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drugtopics/Modern+Medicine+Now/Washington-State-pharmacy-board-reconsiders-Plan-B/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/685891?contextCategoryId=47443

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Heading back to where I started

by Cyrus on September 4, 2009

The advantage of being a traveling pharmacist is the ability to make your own schedule. I think the last time I actually took a personal vacation was over a year ago. Of course, it was my own set design and not because I wasn’t allowed to take a vacation.

Of all places I choose to go was to Rapid City, South Dakota. It was my very first state that I worked as a traveling pharmacist back in 2000. The facility was on an Indian Health Service (IHS) hospital/clinic in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. The hospital was relatively small servicing a community of the Lakota tribe (Sioux Indians). I took a 4 hour ride from Rapid City to Eagle Butte to visit the facility, and to my surprise, the town has not change a bit. In fact, the same locally employed technicians that I worked more than 9 years ago are still working there. [click to continue…]

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The Importance of Technician Certification

by pharmacy on August 6, 2009

The pharmacy industry is more important in our lives than we realize; it is responsible for curing us when we fall ill and saving our lives through medicines and drugs. It helps us improve the quality of our lives by focusing on not just corrective medicine but also on the preventive kind which helps us stay healthy without having to see doctors and take medication to do so.
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