Monthly Archives: September 2015

Recently, I have spent some time trying to lend some understanding of the inner workings of the pharmacy world to a financial reporter interested in DIR fees (among other things). The most recent discussion with this reporter left me thinking about how far the profession of pharmacy has been corrupted by outside interests. Pharmacy today......
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Walmart has long been a polarizing force in pharmacy. It is best known to pharmacists as the innovator of the prescription loss-leader. The goal of the loss-leader prescription (the $4 program) was to draw customers into Walmart store in order to drive non-Rx sales. Recently, Walmart’s financials were revealed, and the results were poorer than expected. Pharmacist frustrated with these......
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Recently, I was discussing DIR fees with a journalist writing a story about DIR fees for a national financial publication. Among the things we discussed was one PBM’s description of the reason DIR fees exist today: to pass a part of the rebate savings pharmacies receive back to the payor. This is not a quote, of......
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“If it’s rights for the patient, then its right for pharmacy”.  I first heard this statement, or something very similar to this from an esteemed colleague, Bob Osterhaus.  Over the years, I have cited this statement in many venues convincing pharmacists to always put the patient first and do the “right thing” to ensure that they......
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Previously, I discussed complacency as it relates to pharmacy practice. But this is not the only challenge a dedicated pharmacist faces. Even a great interventionist struggles with being reactive from time to time. Reactive |rēˈaktiv| adjective: acting in response to a situation rather than creating or controlling it:  To be fair, there is no way that anyone can avoid being reactive all......
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Over the last 8 months, I have worked hard to lose 50 pounds and become much more physically fit. This did not happen by itself. It took a lot of hard work and dedication. There was a point where I had to dedicate myself to fitness and set goal. Once I achieved these goals, another dedication......
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