Blogs: Eric, Pharmacist

David Snow U

Published Online: Thursday, November 3, 2011
Unless you've been under a rock recently, you know that Medco's David Snow caused quite a ruckus lately with his comments about retail pharmacists. I haven't looked into his comments, and I'm not going to. I think that the reaction that has already taken place gives me a good idea of what he said.

One question comes to mind...if retail pharmacists are so inaccurate, why does Medco have their name on the yet-to-be-accredited college of pharmacy at Farleigh Dickinson University? Do they somehow have the ability to train humans to be 23-times more accurate than we currently are?Those are the figures that he quoted when he spoke at the Cleveland Clinic.

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education hasn't accredited the college...yet. Corporate money will help the ACPE turn a blind eye to this slap-in-the-face to pharmacists.

But then again, Farleigh Dickinson could make a stand against Medco as well. Isn't a bit hypocritical for a pharmacy college to accept funding from a company that is trying to decrease the number of pharmacists out there in the retail setting? We know that won't happen either. What college is going to turn away people willing to pay $40,000+ per year for 4 to 6 years to enter a career field that is already saturated?

But then the answer came to me. I know what student the pharmacy college at Farleigh Dickinson is trying to attract. I don't want to stereotype the student who would attend this school, but I will share a picture of what the initial students graduating from this school may look like.

The ideal FDU Medco College of Pharmacy graduate looks like this....

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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