I’ve been focusing a lot lately on a vision for the future of pharmacy and how we can elevate our status in the health care realm. I do believe that you can’t achieve direction without vision and you can’t reach goals without an underlying principled foundation. However, I also understand that high-minded ideals and a lot rah-rah talk aren’t enough to get the job done alone. Trying to stay true to my mantra of “real life pharmacy, real life pharmacist,” I’d to give a few examples I’ve encountered of “keeping it real.” Read more
WHO’s your pharmacist? (Not where is your pharmacy…)
The questions are always the same.
- Date of birth?
- Which pharmacy do you use?
When people discuss other aspects of the healthcare universe it sounds like the phone book from a Dr. Seuss story: Who’s your endocrinologist? Who’s your cardiologist? Who is handling the procedure? Who are you seeing for rehab?
Can we pharmacists get a who?
Truth be told, it’s our own fault nobody gives a who. At the very least we haven’t helped ourselves very much. For a long time now we have been content to earn our salaries and be relegated to being highly educated vending machines. We have allowed the most accessible and in many instances more engaged touch point of the healthcare process to become commoditized. I know… there are a lot of us who have been actively trying to keep that from happening. Regardless, that is where perception has gone. And we all know perception is reality.
So how do we change that reality? How do we get our who back? I think the answer is threefold: Read more
Pharm 2 Table, 2015. It starts here.
I knew I wanted to be a pharmacist since I was in high school. I entered into the profession just as the sea change in health care was on the horizon. Baby boomers were no longer booming but looming. “Biotech” was morphing into “Life Science” and redefining its relationship to Wall Street. Independent pharmacy was faced with the choice of being either Mom&Pop Mart or Wal-Mart. And I, as a fresh-faced wanna-be pharmacist, first heard how in the new health care landscape we “didn’t have a seat at the table.” Read more