“Drug Dealers” appears to come in a lot of forms

CVS to pay $400K to resolve illegal billings to Medicaid From the article: The $400,000 settlement announced this week resolves the allegations without CVS admitting liability Through the Restricted Card Program, Medicaid patients whose drug usage indicates abuse are given limited access to prescriptions and only certain physicians are permitted to prescribe medications for them.  […]

Preemptive strike

A preemptive war is a war that is commenced in an attempt to repel or defeat a perceived offensive or invasion, or to gain a strategic advantage in an impending (allegedly unavoidable) war before that threat materializes…launched in anticipation of immediate enemy aggression.  From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preemptive_strike Generally, a preemptive strike can be done by a larger opponent […]

RPH fired by chain and violated ADA

Court Rules in Favor of Pharmacist Fired Because of her Arthritis http://discriminationattorneysinatlanta.com/news/court-rules-in-favor-of-pharmacist-fired-because-of-her-arthritis/ From the article: Karen Scavetta worked as a pharmacist for King Soopers, Inc. She had worked at King Soopers for thirty years, and in the position of a pharmacist since 1994. Scavetta suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. That condition “causes pain, swelling and damage to the […]

For those of you who are opiophobic or thinks everyone who takes opiates is a junkie please read this

https://drjengunter.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/the-fdas-new-restrictions-on-hydrocodone-are-unlikely-to-solve-any-problem/#comment-9431 This blog is written by a female OB/GYN and pain specialist…  It makes unbelievable sense.. and if you -after reading it – are still opiophobic and/or think that anyone taking opiates are addicts.. IMO… there is little hope for you  in this area of healthcare 🙁

Costco hit with lawsuit by former pharmacy technician over prescription drugs, wrongful termination

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/orange_county&id=9002130 From the article: Thomas says he was fired after raising concerns and contacting law enforcement about a string of doctors and questionable prescriptions. Thomas accuses Costco pharmacy managers of dispensing “excessive narcotic prescriptions to addicted customers,” dismissing Thomas’ concerns and acting to “protect its profits.” One of those pharmacists, Huong Nguyen, called the DEA. […]

Slow news day in La Crosse, WI ?

State board reprimands, fines Allergychoices, pharmacist. http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/state-board-reprimands-fines-allergychoices-pharmacist/article_29f00ba8-7bc3-11e2-8eb9-001a4bcf887a.html From the article: Allergychoices was ordered to forfeit $1,000 and pay $3,500 in costs, and Kachel was ordered to pay $100 in costs, according to the pharmacy board’s Feb. 13 order. Allergychoices is a retail pharmacy spinoff of Allergy Associates of La Crosse, also in Onalaska, that is […]

Okla. panel approves bill to give Pharmacy Board oversight over pharmacy benefit managers

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/af30a296044d4250b86801cca7e2faba/OK–Pharmacy-Board This is still going thru the legislature… I guess the PBM’s will have to send their army of lobbyists to OK to try and get the bill killed. If it does pass.. it will be interesting if/how the BOP tries to use its authority to reign in the PBM’s virtually monopolists practices… I find […]

Death count up to 47 !!!

http://www.medpagetoday.com/Neurology/GeneralNeurology/37444?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DailyHeadlines&utm_source=WC&xid=NL_DHE_2013-02-21&eun=g578717d0r& From the article: The pattern of disease has changed and the rate of new cases has slowed sharply – just 43 in the five weeks since Jan. 7 — but the end of the outbreak could still be weeks off, according to Tom Chiller, MD, deputy director of the CDC’s mycotic diseases branch. “I […]

This stuff is getting scary !

It doesn’t matter what industry that you are in.. unless you are paying attention to what is going on around you… you could find yourself off “in the ditch”.. Just like driving a car.. if all you do is look forward or only in the rear view mirror.. your “good driver” insurance discount won’t be […]

This should give you the warm fuzzies

http://www.uspharmacist.com/weekly_news_update/nl/39134/ Review of Pharmacy Changes Brands It  “Most Egalitarian Profession” From the article: Pharmacists are good substitutes for each other, which leads to more flexibility in work hours and scheduling than in many other professions. According to these two economists…  they have determined that those of us in our beloved profession have become “generic” Could […]