The National Community Pharmacists Association continues to offer educational opportunities for pharmacists, as well as seek their input on issues impacting the practice of pharmacy. Please click on the links below to learn more.
On the Horizon—Performance-Based Contracts for Drugs? Should drug prices be tied to their effectiveness? Two new programs involving the makers of leading diabetes and osteoporosis medications may provide clues.
It is no secret that pet peeves come with any profession. Pharmacy Times wants to know what ticks you off. In each issue of our ePharmacy Times newsletter, we will continue our ongoing list of pharmacists' complaints. Perhaps you'll identify with one and nod your head in agreement because you're not alone. Please e-mail your complaints along with your name to Eileen Koutnik-Fotopoulos. Here are some pet peeves pharmacists have submitted:
296. Using an archaic pharmacy computer system that’s 10 years behind your competitors.
297. Dealing with physicians who write prescriptions for a 90-day supply with 3 refills for mail-order pharmacies, but only give 1 refill at a time for local community pharmacies.
298. Picking up the phone and finding a very irate nurse that has been on hold for a few minutes angry with me that we dare to keep a doctor’s office on hold.
299. Trying to help a patient who calls to ask if I can identify the tablet she found on her bathroom floor. After >10 minutes of searching the computer and questioning her further, I come to find out she doesn’t even get her prescriptions filled at our pharmacy.
300. Customers who walk up to the pharmacy when there’s no line and say, “You don’t look busy today.”
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May 7, 2009
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