Piller of the Community

Friday, October 2nd, 2015
When you have 99.99% awesome patients, a pharmacist’s job is fun to do.
Monday, September 28th, 2015
The question of what you get when you cross a hedge fund manager with a pharmaceutical company has no punchline.
Monday, September 14th, 2015
Because I played tenor saxophone in marching band, and my wife was on the silk squad, our offspring seemed destined to participate in such a corps.
Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
I think about where I was physically a decade ago and where I am now, and I am saddened by my rate of regression.
Thursday, August 27th, 2015
When I had a flare-up in my bipolar disorder and became hypomanic bordering psychotic in 2008, I needed to be institutionalized for a week.
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
Before I started my pharmacy rotations, the last job I held was bartending at a golf course. Believe it or not, it really helped prepare me for my career as a pharmacist.
Monday, July 27th, 2015
There are those outside of family who shape your life, and most of them are teachers.
Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
Up until his passing, my father remembered his childhood pharmacist’s name.
Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
Opioid addiction is destroying this country.
Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
Mental health is a tricky business.
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
On Father’s Day, I spent the majority of my waking hours working in the pharmacy, because I know my patients need me to be there.
Tuesday, June 16th, 2015
Physicians have been prescribing medications for themselves and family members forever.
Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
In this day and age, there is no reason why prescribers should avoid sending prescriptions to pharmacies electronically.
Thursday, May 28th, 2015
If there's anything resembling a trade in medicine, it’s retail pharmacy.
Friday, May 22nd, 2015
The only way to prevent a body count is to have 2 pharmacists on staff all day long—one for drug dispensing, and the other for tertiary care.
Thursday, May 14th, 2015
I celebrated Mother's Day in a transitional care facility.
Thursday, May 7th, 2015
Some believe pharmacists don’t know a lot about the practice of medicine. I know enough to understand my mom has a pretty serious problem on her hands.
Thursday, April 30th, 2015
Allow me to tell you a tale of 2 health care systems, 1 for-profit and 1 non-profit.
Friday, April 24th, 2015
When the puzzle with a missing piece became the symbol for autism, a more perfect representation could not have been made.
Thursday, April 16th, 2015
Holman’s Pharmacy is nothing more than a memory today, but it holds a dear place in my heart as the coolest job I ever held.
Monday, April 6th, 2015
Pharmacists' opinions are highly regarded among their patients and fellow health care professionals.
Friday, March 27th, 2015
One thing a high-volume community pharmacist needs to have every day is focus.
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.
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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