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Antibiotics & Arrhythmias
Monday, April 14th, 2014
Have you noticed any change in the number of prescriptions for azithromycin since the FDA issued a safety warning regarding it in May 2013?
Yes, the number has declined
Yes, the number has increased
No, the number has not changed
Handwritten Rx's
Monday, March 31st, 2014
What portion of the Rx's that you receive at your pharmacy are handwritten?
0-25%
25-50%
50-75%
75-100%
Pharmacist Provider Status 2014
Monday, March 17th, 2014
Do you think that the current effort to win provider status for pharmacists will succeed?
Yes, this is the time
No, it will take more time
No, not in the foreseeable future
Unsure
Social Media Platforms
Monday, March 3rd, 2014
Which social media platforms do you use?
Twitter
Facebook
Google+
LinkedIn
Pinterest
None
U.S. News Job Ranking
Monday, February 17th, 2014
Do you agree with U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of pharmacist in fifth place among professions?
Yes
No, pharmacist should rank higher
No, pharmacist should rank lower
Unsure
CVS and Tobacco Products
Monday, February 10th, 2014
What is your reaction to CVS Caremark’s decision to stop carrying cigarettes and other tobacco products in its pharmacies?
Support
Oppose
Unsure
Hydrocodone Rescheduling
Monday, February 3rd, 2014
Will making hydrocodone combination products Schedule II drugs improve patient safety or limit access to those who need them?
Improve patient safety
Limit access
Both
Unsure
New Hypertension Guidelines
Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
Do you think the JNC 8 guidelines will significantly change how hypertension is treated?
Yes
No
Unsure
Dispensing Specialty Drugs
Monday, January 6th, 2014
Do you think your pharmacy has the proper expertise to dispense specialty drugs?
Yes
No
Unsure
E-Prescribing
Thursday, December 5th, 2013
How has the increased rate of e-prescribing affected your pharmacy's functioning?
Positively
Negatively
No change
Unsure
New Lipid Guidelines
Thursday, November 21st, 2013
What is your opinion of the new lipid guidelines?
Positive
Negative
Unsure
FDA & Hydrocodone
Friday, November 1st, 2013
Do you agree with the FDA's move to tighten restrictions on hydrocodone combination products?
Yes
No
Unsure
Vaccine Safety
Monday, October 7th, 2013
How frequently do customers express concerns about vaccine safety?
Frequently
Sometimes
Rarely
Never
Health Insurance Marketplaces
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Do you think that the launch of health insurance marketplaces will help increase your pharmacy's business?
Yes
No
Unsure
Homeopathic Products
Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
How frequently do you recommend homeopathic remedies?
Frequently
Sometimes
Rarely
Never
Opioid Label Changes
Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
Do you think the labeling changes to ER and LA opioid analgesics will help reduce rates of abuse?
Yes
No
Unsure
Flu Shots
Thursday, September 5th, 2013
Is your pharmacy providing seasonal flu shots yet?
Yes
No
Pharmacists and Healthy Behaviors
Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
How important is it for pharmacists to model healthy behaviors for their patients?
Extremely
Very
Somewhat
Not at all
Pharmacies and the ACA
Thursday, August 1st, 2013
Do you think pharmacies should be educating patients about the Affordable Care Act?
Yes
No
Unsure
Pharmacist Job Ranking
Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
Do you agree that pharmacist should rank third on the list of best jobs in the United States?
Yes
No, it should rank higher
No, it should rank lower
Cough and Cold Medication Labels
Tuesday, July 9th, 2013
Should OTC cough and cold medication labels be changed to recommend against use by children up to 6 years of age?
Yes
No
Unsure
Medication Adherence
Thursday, June 27th, 2013
What factor do you think is most important in increasing patients’ medication adherence?
Personal connection with pharmacist
Consistent treatment from one doctor
Medication affordability
Reducing unpleasant side effects
Pharmacist Provider Status Revisited
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
Do you think pharmacists will win patient-care provider status under Medicare this year?
Yes
No
Unsure
Pediatric Poisonings
Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
What is the most important way to reduce pediatric poisonings with adult prescription drugs?
Better packaging
Parent education
Child education
Fewer prescriptions to parents
Sun Protection
Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
Are parents adequately aware of the need to protect their children against the sun?
Yes
No
Unsure
Blood Pressure Control
Thursday, May 30th, 2013
Would you be interested in playing a bigger role in helping your patients to control their blood pressure?
Yes
No
I already play a major role
Unsure
College Student Rx Drug Abuse
Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
Who should take primary responsibility for combating prescription drug abuse by college students?
Law enforcement
College officials
Parents
Other
Pharmacy Benefit Managers
Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
Do pharmacy benefit managers have too much power in their relationship with retail pharmacies?
Yes
No
Unsure
CE Requirements
Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
Do you think existing CE requirements are adequate to prepare pharmacists for future challenges?
Yes
No
Unsure
Plan B
Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
Do you agree with the FDA's decision to expand access to Plan B?
Yes
No, there should be no age restriction
No, the age limit should be higher
No, it should require a prescription
Social Media
Thursday, April 25th, 2013
What is your preferred social media platform?
Facebook
Twitter
Google+
LinkedIn
Other
None
Generic OxyContin
Thursday, April 18th, 2013
Do you agree with the FDA’s decision to reject generic versions of OxyContin that lack abuse-resistant features?
Yes
No
Unsure
iPad
Thursday, April 4th, 2013
Do you own an iPad or are you planning to purchase one in the next year?
Already own
Will purchase in next 6 months
Will purchase in next 12 months
No plans to purchase
Pay-to-Delay
Thursday, March 28th, 2013
Do you think that pay-to-delay arrangements should be legal?
Yes
No
Unsure
Joining an ACO
Thursday, March 21st, 2013
Are you or your organization currently planning to join an accountable care organization (ACO) or have you joined one already?
Yes
No
Unsure
Accountable Care Organizations
Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
How important is it for pharmacies to join an accountable care organization (ACO) in the next 36 months?
Essential
Very important
Somewhat important
Not important
Unsure
Vitamin Supplements
Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
Do you think vitamin supplements should be subjected to greater regulation to ensure their contents match the dose on their labels?
Yes
No
Unsure
Opioid Overdose
Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
Do you think members of the public should be equipped with nasal naloxone to help reduce deaths from opioid overdose?
Yes, this will help save lives
No, it should be used only by medical personnel
No, efforts should be focused on reducing opioid abuse
Unsure
Brand-Name Drugs
Thursday, January 31st, 2013
How often do you dispense the generic version of a medication when the prescriber specifies the brand-name version?
Always
Sometimes, depending on the medication
Sometimes, depending on the costs involved
Sometimes, depending on the patient’s wishes
Never, I follow the prescriber’s wishes
My state does not allow substitution when a brand-name drug is indicated
Compounding Pharmacy Regulation
Thursday, January 17th, 2013
Do you think your state will impose stricter regulations on compounding pharmacies?
Yes, new regulations will be imposed
Stricter regulations are already in place
Maybe
No
Provider Status
Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
Do you think pharmacists should be given patient-care provider status under Medicare?
Yes
No
Unsure
Mobile Apps
Tuesday, December 18th, 2012
How often do you use mobile apps to aid your pharmacy practice?
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than once per month
We are not allowed to use mobile devices at work
Affordable Care Act & Health-System Pharmacy
Thursday, December 13th, 2012
To what extent will the Affordable Care Act affect health-system pharmacy?
A lot.
A little.
Not at all.
Grapefruit
Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
What do you say to patients regarding potential drug–grapefruit interactions?
I advise my patients to completely avoid grapefruit
I tell them to consume grapefruit only in moderation
I do not counsel about these interactions
Birth Control Pills OTC
Thursday, November 29th, 2012
Do you think birth control pills should be available over the counter?
Yes
Yes, but only if there is a minimum age requirement
No
Alcohol
Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
Do you think pharmacies should be allowed to sell alcohol?
Yes
No
My state does not allow pharmacies to sell alcohol
Hospital-Based Pharmacies
Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
Do you think that on-location pharmacies will increase or decrease patient readmissions?
Increase
Decrease
Remain the same
Hurricane Sandy
Friday, November 2nd, 2012
Does your pharmacy have programs available to assist patients during natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy?
Yes
No
Not sure
Compounding
Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
Should the FDA be allowed to exercise greater oversight over compounding facilities?
Yes
No
In some instances
Gender Roles
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
Is pharmacy a female-friendly profession?
Yes
Yes, but women don’t get the pay they deserve
Yes, but only for women without children
No
Hospital Drug Shortages
Thursday, September 20th, 2012
Compared with this time last year, how much are drug shortages impacting your ability to get patients the medication they need?
More
Less
About the same
Adverse Effects
Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
Do your customers ask more questions about adverse effects relating to prescription or OTC medications?
Prescription medications
OTC medications
About the same for each
Patient Interaction
Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
Do you think drive-through windows and express counters discourage interaction between pharmacists and patients?
Yes
No
Doesn't affect interaction
My pharmacy does not have a drive-through
Vaccinations
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
How often do your customers come to you with concerns about vaccinating their children?
Rarely
Monthly
Weekly
Daily
Drug Shortages
Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
How responsible is the FDA for the increase in drug shortages over the last few years?
Not at all
Somewhat
Mostly
Entirely
Number of Prescriptions
Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
How many prescriptions is your average adult patient taking?
None
1
2
3
4 or more
Pharmacists' Training
Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
Do you think pharmacists’ training is as comprehensive as that of physicians?
Yes, in all subjects
Yes, in some topic areas
No
No, but it is just as valuable
Affordable Care Act
Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
Do you think retaining all of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act would help or hurt pharmacies?
Help
Hurt
Won't affect the pharmacy business
Don't know
Emergency Contraception
Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
Should men be allowed to pick up emergency contraception from the pharmacy?
Yes
No
Only with written consent
Weight Reduction Strategies
Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
How often do you have conversations with obese patients about weight reduction strategies?
Always
Frequently
Sometimes, if patients bring it up
Rarely, unless I am very concerned about the patient’s health
Never
OTC Recommendations
Thursday, May 17th, 2012
When recommending an OTC product to a patient, do you tend to suggest the cheapest option first?
Yes
No
Depends on the patient's financial circumstances
Gun Permit
Thursday, May 17th, 2012
Does news of pharmacy robberies prompt you to consider applying for a gun permit?
Yes
No
Maybe
No, I’d just prefer to hire more security
Insurance Plans
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
What percentage of your patients are aware of the details of their insurance plan?
76%-100%
51%-75%
26%-50%
0%-25%
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