Piller of the Community

Monday, October 17th, 2016
Even though I’m a pharmacist, I’m just as capable of making a dosing error on myself as anybody else.
Friday, September 30th, 2016
I ran into an old friend at a party the other day. I’d known him since he was about 6 and he’s now in his mid-20s. For some reason, the kid had taken a shine to me.
Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
The great debate of whether pharmacies should dispense clean needles and syringes to injectable drug users has resurfaced. Although some critics view it as pure evil, I find it purely necessary. When patients come in for the needles, I gladly sell them.
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
6630507 isn’t a phone number. It’s the federal government’s patent application registration for cannabis sativa to be used as an antioxidant and neuroprotectant.
Thursday, August 18th, 2016
The Joker's level of psychosis isn’t beyond what’s seen today. I should know because I was there once.
Thursday, August 4th, 2016
When a patient comes into my pharmacy, a medical condition is treated based on need, not age.
Friday, July 29th, 2016
Although it still hurt to lose Dutch Treitz, the North Pocono region hasn't seen a send-off like his in a long time.
Wednesday, July 13th, 2016
For what it’s worth, I’ve dreaded writing this for about 2 years.
Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
I’ve come to the sad realization that my running career is over.
Thursday, June 16th, 2016
A few months ago, I spotted a post from my old high school announcing a tribute concert for my former band director.
Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
Ever since I first saw the 1997 film Gattaca, it’s stuck with me.
Thursday, May 26th, 2016
Pharmacists are one of the world's most trustworthy professionals, and it’s a responsibility I don’t take lightly.
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
As progressive as Pennsylvania’s cities are, the rural areas remain staunchly conservative, and the stigma of “marijuana” is as prevalent as its smoke.
Thursday, May 12th, 2016
I saw a sign today. It was in my psychiatrist’s office, and it told me that May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
Some feel that the subject of drug addiction should be reserved for the family closet next to the other skeletons, while others choose to wear it on their forehead.
Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
I’ll be 45 years old in August. If I’m lucky, this is only half time.
Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
There are 2 distinct political parties in Pennsylvania, so when a bill to legalize medical cannabis in the state was signed into law on April 17, 2016, I was impressed.
Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
I learned a horrible truth from a patient the other day that I must say repulsed me.
Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
Everything possible should be done for those with autism.
Monday, March 14th, 2016
The Great Gig in the Sky just got a lot better.
Thursday, March 10th, 2016
The life of high-volume retail pharmacists is rarely boring.
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
No one is guaranteed golden years.
Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
I don't need the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to tell me that this year’s trivalent influenza vaccine might have missed a strain.
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
It’s a nice feeling to be asked if I am running again and to answer in the affirmative.
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
Being on a retail pharmacy team is the hardest job on Earth
Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
I’m finally making weight-loss progress!
Tuesday, January 12th, 2016
It doesn’t take a statistician to realize that there is a gap in the amount of primary care providers required to efficiently run our held-together-by-bubble-gum-and-paper-clips health care system.
Tuesday, January 5th, 2016
On January 4, 2016, the day I was going to end the holiday binge eating and get back to my goal weight, I stepped on the scale and it showed 262.5 lbs.
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015
Christmas came a week early for this column when Martin “Pharma-bro” Shkreli was arrested by the FBI.
Wednesday, December 16th, 2015
In my previous column about Scott Weiland’s death, I made the point that for every celebrity who gets media coverage for going to rehab, there are thousands of common folk who overdose in silence.
Tuesday, December 8th, 2015
They say music is an anchor for memory, and I wholeheartedly agree.
Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
In fact, there are more legitimate rock stars these days outside of music than the computer-generated, capital-driven, music scene.
Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
While I was getting changed after a workout at the local YMCA, a familiar face got my attention.
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
Pharmacy history was made a few weeks ago when Walgreens, the largest pharmacy chain in the world, announced a $17.2 billion agreement to buy Rite Aid, the third largest chain in the country.
Friday, November 6th, 2015
Frances Sochovka was an extraordinary woman. She was dad's favorite aunt, and I was quite fond of her.
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
A few weeks ago, I quietly lamented the passing of another Steamtown Marathon without being in it.
Friday, October 23rd, 2015
Recently, the organization announced that a new Muppet was born. Her name is Julia, and she is autistic.
Monday, October 19th, 2015
I hate seeing summer end, but a certain distraction takes me right to the middle of February without even missing it.
Friday, October 9th, 2015
If cannabis is going to be viewed as a medication, then medically speaking under the law of the land, the medication can only be legally dispensed by pharmacists.
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.
Jay Sochoka, BSPharm, RPh, CIP
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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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