October 12, 2010
St. John's University APhA-ASP chapter participates in APhM: Live from New York Recently, I let you know about APhA’s plans for reaching out to the broader public through the media. These campaigns saw tremendous success, with more than 200 students from 10 schools of pharmacy participating in the…
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October 8, 2010
As many of you know, pharmacists and the pharmaceutical industry have a lot of issues in common. Sometimes we agree and sometimes we do not. Frequently these days we've been on the same page about a lot of things, like biosimilars, REMS, access, drug information and education and others. My…
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October 1, 2010
I often hear from pharmacists, “We need a PR campaign. If they [consumers] only knew what we had to offer…” Well, today’s the day! American Pharmacists Month (APhM) is upon us, and APhA is abuzz with activities and celebrations. Over the next month, I will share our efforts to inspire our staff,…
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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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