Redheaded Pharmacist

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
Although pharmacies need to make money, it is important to remember that their purpose is to serve patients.
Thursday, June 20th, 2013
The American Medical Association is misdirected in questioning the merits of pharmacist inquiries to doctors regarding the rationale behind some prescriptions.
Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
The author discusses how he chose pharmacy as a profession as well as whether he would recommend it to others today.
Monday, October 15th, 2012
A visit to the emergency department and a 24-hour pharmacy leave the Redheaded Pharmacist generally satisfied, but with a sense that there is room for improvement.
Thursday, October 11th, 2012
The fungal meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated medications from a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy show that quality standards must be raised, but decisions regarding new regulations should not be made hastily.
Monday, October 8th, 2012
Pharmacists need to inform customers about what goes into filling prescriptions and other services performed by pharmacies to help overcome unrealistic expectations.
Thursday, October 4th, 2012
In order to harness their potential and fully utilize their clinical and professional training, pharmacists must take control of the role they play in the health care system.
Monday, October 1st, 2012
Each community pharmacy has its own particular needs and cannot be mass produced or compartmentalized into a single simplified business model.
Monday, August 13th, 2012
With increasing pressure to serve an ever-greater volume of prescriptions, the art of community pharmacy is in danger of being lost.
Thursday, July 12th, 2012
The slow recovery from the recession and a bumper crop of newly graduated pharmacy students have combined to create an unusually tight job market for pharmacists.
Thursday, December 29th, 2011
Pharmacists are giving away professional advice and even basic services like blood pressure checks for free. Is that helping or hurting the profession?
Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
It may not be easy, but it is possible to come up with a business model that allows for a singular pharmacy or even a small chain to compete with the big dogs.
Monday, December 19th, 2011
There are no guarantees when it comes to good health and adequate care, yet they are two of the easiest things to take for granted.
Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
What really happened-did politics win out over science, or was this the right decision?
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
Stepping into a patient's shoes can serve as an excellent reminder of what it is like to be in dire need of care and medications.
Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
Why are so many key components of our healthcare system so disconnected from patient care, and why do pharmacists have to be the ones to bail out patients?
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011
A medical breakthrough that would allow patients to skip the annual flu vaccine would be amazing, but what would that mean for community pharmacy?
Friday, November 18th, 2011
Rising costs for brand-name medications and deductibles mean that seniors need to do their homework--and pharmacists need to be prepared for angry patients.
Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
Pfizer isn't going to let its money maker go down without a fight, and that could mean changes that will affect the price patients pay for cholesterol meds.
Thursday, November 10th, 2011
Everything from manufacturing quality control problems to recalls is impacting the supply of hundreds of prescriptions, and that adds up to one big reduction.
Monday, November 7th, 2011
The real secret to killing the mail order threat is to demonstrate that community pharmacies are not more expensive.
Friday, November 4th, 2011
Pharmacy students don't want a sugar-coated sales pitch for the profession, but they also don't want doom and gloom. They want honest and practical advice.
Friday, October 28th, 2011
Although pharmacists pride themselves on being drug experts, expecting to know everything about every medication is foolish--and even dangerous.
Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
A list of the top 10 things pharmacists should be doing to ensure that the profession remains a strong and vital part of the healthcare system.
Monday, October 24th, 2011
Comments from Medco's CEO show that there is a disconnect between the perception of retail pharmacy and what is actually involved in community pharmacy work.
Friday, October 21st, 2011
From medication experts to price checkers to the last line of defense against drug diversion, pharmacists are a lot of things to a lot of people.
Friday, October 21st, 2011
As the industry faces sweeping changes, there should be one big strong voice defending and supporting pharmacists.
Blog Info
The Redheaded Pharmacist is a popular blog about pharmacy written from the perspective of a retail pharmacist about his experiences "being a very small part of the huge United States healthcare system."
Author Bio
Through his blog, which he began writing in December of 2009, the Redheaded Pharmacist relates his thoughts, opinions, and stories on the issues that impact the world of pharmacy, from current events and legislative developments to patient safety efforts and the demands placed on pharmacists. Feedback from readers is welcome. He can be found on Twitter at
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