FEDS… “throwing in the towel “?

Marijuana ruling could signal end of prohibition on pot http://www.whas11.com/news/Marijuana-Ruling-Could-Signal-End-of-Prohibition-on-Pot-221942751.html From the article: But on Thursday, the Department of Justice announced that it would not prosecute marijuana crimes that were legal under state law, a move that could signal the end of the country’s longtime prohibition on pot is nearing. “It certainly appears to be […]

WAGS got some explaining to do ?

Missouri Attorney General Accuses Walgreens Of Overcharging http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/27/walgreens-overcharging-customers_n_3823878.html From the article: Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Walgreen Co., accusing the nation’s largest pharmacy chain of overcharging customers and using deceptive display advertising and pricing schemes. “My concern is this is not sloppiness – this is a business practice that is […]

CVS customers in MD .. not doing their job ?

CVS settles with Md. attorney general over expired items Pharmacy offered expired products for sale and improperly disposed of customer records, agency alleged http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-attorney-general-cvs-settlement-20130828,0,2282354.story Recently I posted this on my blog Taking self service a bit too far ? Are the CVS customers in MD.. just not cooperating.. or just falling down on the job […]

Oregon BOP.. being progressive again ?

Medical Groups Balk at Registering as Drug Outlet, New Regulations http://www.thelundreport.org/resource/medical_groups_balk_at_registering_as_drug_outlet_new_regulations From the article: Medical groups representing practitioners who dispense medications are raising concerns about registering as a “drug outlet” with the Oregon Board of Pharmacy, which would allow the board to inspect their sites and investigate whether medication is safely dispensed, stored, labeled, and […]

Are we dealing with a bunch of Goliaths or just bullies ?

Everyone knows the story of David and Goliath and most everyone is familiar with your typical school yard bully.. Since my experience in pharmacy dates back to the 60’s… pre PBM’s and pre-BNDD/DEA… some refer to the “golden age of pharmacy”, Personally I have a long personal experience with my profession. I got another email […]

Follow the “Pied Piper” …

One RPH has evolved into  a modern day “Pied Piper”… It all began a little over two years ago… Joe Zorek was a RPH/PIC at a CVS store… and had worked for the predecessor that CVS bought out… some 42 years in the same town. He was summarily discharged for refusing to “fill faster” .. […]

I have no choice ?

The ethics of a “Just Culture” http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/ethics-just-culture This is a article by Attorney/Pharmacist Ken Baker dealing with errors/mistakes in the pharmacy environment.. This particular statement really hit a nerve… especially when I have heard other Rph’s talk about their work environment From the article: There are a few medication errors, however, for which there needs […]

Pharmacy Metrics migrating into the prescribing arena ?

CVS Caremark Uses Data to Combat National Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic http://investor.cvs.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=99533&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1849220&highlight From the article: As part of its continuing efforts to combat the national prescription drug abuse epidemic, CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) is tapping its extensive database to identify and halt inappropriate prescribing of high risk drugs such as opioid painkillers.  By evaluating data […]

Rumor on the street 08/21/2013

About one month ago .. I wrote about a poor Senior RPH floater who was assigned to a store, where the restroom was on the second floor and this Senior RPh was unable to climb the stairs https://www.pharmaciststeve.com/?p=4038 It has been reported that this particular pharmacy is now having a FIRST FLOOR RESTROOM installed.. of […]

More proof of targets on backs?

I recently got this from another RPH.. who had recently attended a training seminar This may be of interest to you…3 out of 40 pharmacists at the seminar admitted to being unemployed.  I estimate all were over 50.  All were over 40 for sure. While this is not a real valid sample.. for statical analysis… […]