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Drug Companies Ramp Up Swine Flu Drug Production

Shortages of Tamiflu and Relenza are becoming a potential issue for pharmacies as the H1N1 virus spreads, causing producers of the antivirals to increase production in order to meet the demand.


New Labels Coming for OTC Painkillers

Consumers will start seeing revised labeling on popular OTC acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to include risk of liver damage and internal bleeding.


NCPA Updates

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.

Make Health Care Reform Work for You and Your Patients!

Discounts on Employee Background Screening

NCPA Members Forum Series

Medication Errors Cut with Pharmacist Intervention

Studies continue to show evidence of pharmacist involvement in reducing medication errors.


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.


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Share Your Pharmacy Pet Peeves

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

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. 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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