Blogs: Eric, Pharmacist

Free Preventive Care

Published Online: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Last night I received an email from the American Pharmacists Association that had a link to an article on the APhA website that caught my eye. This morning when I woke up, there were a few links to the same story on my Twitter timeline.
The story... Pharmacies team with HHS to promote free preventive care.
When I initially read the article on my smart phone, I read it as pharmacists providing care for free. That had my blood boiling and I wanted to jump all over the thought of free care. But I slept on it and re-read the article this morning.
The article states that there is growing recognition by HHS of the role that pharmacists play in a patient's health care. Personally I'm don't entirely agree with that, but I'll give that comment a pass.
HHS has, in what is called a pharmacist-friendly move, has partnered with pharmacists to.....
Drum roll
"...inform Medicare patients about free preventive services and the closing of the Part D coverage gap under the health care reform law."
Pharmacists get to put up posters and pass out fliers on free preventive services for the Medicare population.
I was hoping to see pharmacists get the opportunity to provide services to the patients (and get reimbursed for said services). But this announcement is underwhelming to say the least.
C'mon APhA. Pharmacists need to be the providers. If we wanted to be the advertising department for HHS, we would have majored in advertising.
Eric, Pharmacist
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Eric Durbin, RPh, discusses the challenges that pharmacists face today, and what is needed to advance the profession.
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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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