September 30, 2010
Following is the body of an e-mail I received from a friend and APhA member. She thought I would enjoy the story. I thought I knew all the reasons why folks join APhA (thus the reference to duct tape—there’s always another use for duct tape), but I learned a new one today. Tom, I thought you…
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September 27, 2010
Here’s a shout-out to the Good Neighbor Pharmacy (GNP) owners who achieved top honors in the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 U.S. National Pharmacy Study, released September 21. The study, now in its fourth year, measured customer satisfaction with pharmacies in two segments: brick-and-mortar and…
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September 24, 2010
Recently I received a story from a young pharmacist who is practicing in a chain pharmacy. I believe her story is not unlike that of many others who are fairly new in practice. I appreciated her thought process, and thought I would share an excerpt: I have recently been thinking about my career and…
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September 17, 2010
There are lots of reasons why people make changes in their lives or their careers. The drive to try something new can be a significant motivator. Similarly, but for a much more negative reason, downsizing at a large company forces many to figure out “what’s next” involuntarily. For entrepreneurs,…
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September 16, 2010
On Tuesday, members of the APhA Board of Trustees, together with members of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA), blitzed Capitol Hill to share insights and information with Members of Congress. We sought to retain the support for and protect the provisions in the Affordable…
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September 15, 2010
An FDA panel voted against requiring prescriptions for medicines containing dextromethorphan. NBC Nightly News (September 14, “‘Robo-tripping’ prompts possible FDA restrictions,” 2:23, Brian Williams) reported that in “a decision that surprised some people late this afternoon,” and “despite an…
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September 14, 2010
Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) are safety programs required by FDA to ensure consumers are protected from known risks associated with certain medications. Historically, REMS have been applied to the most “dangerous” meds, and the intensity of the REMS program required has been a…
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September 12, 2010
The APhA staff stands in front of our headquarters at 2215 Constitution Avenue. We're in the middle of a Board of Trustees meeting, so I've been in the APhA building about 12 hours a day from Friday to today. And I'm not alone. With me are an incredible group of volunteers whom our membership…
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September 9, 2010
The evidence is clear! Pharmacists as patient coaches improve outcomes of care. In 2007, an article was published in Current Diabetes Reviews that provided a meta-analysis of data regarding the impact and effectiveness on care outcomes for patients with diabetes when pharmacists and other…
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September 3, 2010
In the final exercise of the two days of learning, APhA staff constructed bicycles. Like many of you, we’ve had to become very prudent in our spending to be sure we’re growing, living within our means, and continuing to provide member value every day. As a result, we’ve asked staff to do more while…
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