Eric, Pharmacist

Monday, January 28th, 2013
In order to expand their position in the health care system, pharmacists should emphasize their role as care givers, not just medication providers.
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
If the government were to base reimbursement of retail pharmacies on criteria including time spent counseling patients, it could give pharmacies the incentive to allocate more resources to these services.
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
A program that enlists pharmacists to get out the word about the closing of the Medicare prescription drug "donut hole" gets Eric thinking about how pharmacists' skills could be put to better use.
Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
Given the large number of pharmacy training programs that have opened in recent years, Eric ponders whether he can recommend the profession to a bright high school senior.
Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
Would extending prescribing power to pharmacists really improve health care, or is it just another idea dreamed up in academia that might not fly in the real world?
Thursday, December 8th, 2011
Like the story about the frog in the pot, retail pharmacists are being slowly boiled as a number of factors turn up the heat on the profession.
Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
Isn't a bit hypocritical for a pharmacy college to accept funding from a company that is trying to decrease the number of pharmacists in the retail setting?
Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
Sometimes, the best way for a pharmacist to truly help a patient is to be brutally honest--and not to sugarcoat the truth.
Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
After 20 years of medication therapy management, pharmacists are still seen as an extension of the building that holds the drugs.
Monday, August 29th, 2011
After 20 years of hoopla, the future of pharmacy is a medication reconciliation followed by a Q&A session?
Monday, August 1st, 2011
The principles expressed in the pharmacist's oath are ideal, but in the community pharmacy setting, are they realistic?
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
What is now accepted as pharmacy practice in the chain pharmacy setting is a far cry from how things once were.
Eric, Pharmacist
Blog Info
Eric Durbin, RPh, discusses the challenges that pharmacists face today, and what is needed to advance the profession.
Author Bio

Eric Durbin, RPh, is director of pharmacy for a critical access hospital located in east central Ohio. Prior to taking this position, he worked in the community pharmacy setting for 16 years, during which time he learned a great deal about the obstacles pharmacists face in providing quality service and patient care; the often complicated relationship between pharmacists and patients, as well as pharmacists and physicians; and what is required to advance the pharmacist profession.

Mr. Durbin graduated from Ohio Northern University, where he earned a BS in Pharmacy. He started a medication therapy management consulting company in 2009, the same year he began writing the popular blog, "Eric, Pharmacist." In his blog, Durbin seeks to address the key issues pharmacists face while offering helpful insights and solutions.

Mr. Durbin is a member of the American Pharmacists Association. He can be found on Twitter at

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