Piller of the Community

Thursday, March 19th, 2015
The 2 women most involved in my life are now patients of mine outside of my pharmacy practice.
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
Skilled nursing hospitals, better known as nursing homes, scare the living daylights out of me.
Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
Anytime I wrap up a run, I always have that “one with the Universe” feeling.
Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
My mom recently needed mitral valve surgery. I don’t want to say that the practice of medicine in Scranton, Pennsylvania, is limited, but most major cardiac surgery performed in the area requires a split sternum.
Friday, February 13th, 2015
Pharmacists deal with a lot of drug addiction, legal and otherwise.
Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
What has me the most excited about Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's time in office is his willingness to sign a medical cannabis bill into law, as well as greatly expanding on what was previously proposed.
Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Drug addiction is one thing, but diverting that poison onto the streets when pharmacists are told in no uncertain terms not to do so isn’t looked upon so forgivingly.
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Medicine has come a long way since my first memory of interacting with a physician about 40 years ago.
Friday, January 9th, 2015
My running career resumed on January 5, 2015, when I put on my GPS watch and competition running shoes and took off for a 45-minute run.
Monday, January 5th, 2015
Those of you who have been reading my column for a while know that I've been pitching a running comeback with a subsequent return to physical fitness for the past few years.
Wednesday, December 24th, 2014
Like George Bailey from It's a Wonderful Life, I am "the richest man in town."
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
It is the time of the year when I can paraphrase Charles Dickens and conjure Jacob Marley’s Ghost by saying, “Mankind is my business.”
Thursday, November 27th, 2014
People still are aghast that I not only work on Thanksgiving, but also volunteer to do it.
Thursday, November 13th, 2014
While I love community pharmacy, the pressure of being responsible for someone’s life 300 or so times a day does get to me after a while, and I need to get away for my sanity’s sake.
Friday, October 24th, 2014
I'll never say I’m a running Yoda, but a running Obi-Wan Kenobi is an apt description.
Thursday, October 16th, 2014
I proved that I could push myself to my absolute limit, pile more on, and keep going anyway.
Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
We will soon have a wartime economy against an enemy that we can’t even see.
Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
Twenty-five years ago, I was an incoming freshman at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.
Thursday, September 25th, 2014
When quality of wallet takes precedence over quality of life, the healing arts suffer for it.
Friday, September 19th, 2014
Reclassifying hydrocodone will not stop the drug from being filled legitimately and sold illegally.
Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
The community pharmacist’s life is about to get a lot more difficult.
Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
We should not be ashamed to talk openly about something that is nothing more than a neurotransmitter imbalance.
Thursday, August 14th, 2014
Thursday, June 19th, 2014
Monday, April 14th, 2014
It can be tough to return to long-distance running after a lengthy hiatus, but the payoff is worth it.
Thursday, March 27th, 2014
When you’ve been a pharmacist long enough, you will inevitably experience the pain of having to say goodbye to patients who reach the end of their lives.
Monday, March 3rd, 2014
By taking part in the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Rx Impact Day, our blogger plans to share with legislators his vision of pharmacy playing a key role in preventive medicine.
Monday, January 13th, 2014
When you’ve spent the past 6 years binge eating and barely exercising, the first day back at the gym can be both bracing and uplifting.
Monday, December 30th, 2013
Among the greatest pharmacist fears is harming a patient through a misfilled prescription and being the victim of a pharmacy robbery.
Thursday, August 8th, 2013
Going the extra mile for all customers and dealing with belligerent customers calmly are key to success in retail pharmacy.
Monday, July 1st, 2013
The American Medical Association has finally given the biggest epidemic of the 21st century the status is deserves, opening up the possibility that health care professionals will be compensated for helping to prevent it.
Thursday, June 13th, 2013
As the emphasis in health care shifts from treatment to prevention, pharmacists are perfectly positioned to help patients lead healthier lives and avoid costly chronic conditions.
Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
Too often, ADHD drugs are prescribed to kids whose parents just want some peace and quiet, putting the kids at risk of addiction.
Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
A marathoner describes his sadness over the Boston Marathon attacks.
Monday, April 15th, 2013
April is National Autism Awareness Month, which makes it a great time to recognize that those on the autism spectrum may be different, but they deserve respect just like everyone else.
Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
If we are humane enough to “put down” our beloved pets when they face a miserable future, why do some balk at doing the same for their loved ones?
Friday, February 8th, 2013
When your patients pass away, lending support to their loved ones can help forge a continuing bond.
Thursday, January 17th, 2013
Drug abuse by pharmacists can have serious personal and professional consequences--but ignoring the problem won't make it go away.
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
The author’s own experience dealing with bipolar disorder has convinced him that we would all be better off if those with mental health issues received better treatment.
Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
To thrive as a pharmacist during the holidays, a sense of humor can be essential.
Friday, November 2nd, 2012
In Pennsylvania, severe cuts to prescription drug coverage under Medicaid will have serious consequences for patient well-being.
Monday, October 22nd, 2012
Providing better pay for pharmacy techs would help attract and retain better workers, reducing the chance of a serious prescription error.
Jay Sochoka, BSPharm, RPh, CIP
Blog Info
This blog will highlight the pharmacist's role in preventive medicine. When diet and exercise are the prescription, specially trained pharmacists are the ones to fill it. It will also focus on current trends in pharmacy such as politics, customer service, and health care ethics. There will also be the occasional pharmacy humor piece.
Author Bio
Jay Sochoka, BSPharm, RPh, CIP, has been involved in one aspect or another of community pharmacy for more than 2 decades. He is a high-volume specialist who also enjoys delving into preventive medicine and wellness. He is the author of Fatman in Recovery: Tales from the Brink of Obesity.
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