Pharmacy memes. You’ve seen them when scrolling through your Instagram feed, or when you ended up in some weird nerd corner of the internet by accident while you were trying to search for the ID number of your local CVS so you could leave a scathing Yelp review the likes of which the world has never seen. You squinted, furrowed your brow, and puzzled madly over what the heck they meant, your temper rising as you chewed over the infuriating concept of references existing on the internet that you don’t understand. How dare everyone else not cater to your specific subset of knowledge? Continue reading “Pharmacy Memes Explained… By a Pharmacist”
Cold and flu season is knocking on the door, and no one knows this better than those who work in direct patient care. Not only is this a very busy season for those in health care, but it’s also a risky one. With germs flying all around, it can be easy to fall victim to whatever bug is bringing folks in for an office visit. While it’s impossible to avoid contact with germs when working in a clinical setting, here are some tips for healthcare professionals to help them stay a little healthier this cold and flu season. Continue reading “Cold & Flu Season: Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others”
It’s fairly common knowledge that there is a growing problem of painkiller abuse sweeping the nation. With national data showing that opioid painkiller deaths are up more than 400% since 2001, physicians are struggling to find a balance between prescribing necessary painkillers to their patients and attempting to avoid contributing to this growing problem. Many med schools and teaching hospitals are looking closely at this issue and how they can improve the training given to new healthcare providers to work toward reducing these issues.
A lack of training at the university level has been cited as a contributing factor in creating the problem of opioid abuse. Many universities have recently received federal grants to put programs in place to assist in giving the necessary training to new physicians to help them identify potential cases of drug abuse and find alternative solutions to prescribing stronger painkillers. Continue reading “Training to Combat Opioid Abuse”
Live where you vacation. Chances are, you’ve read this statement at some point, somewhere. It may have been on a bumper sticker, a social media post, maybe even a television commercial. If you’re finding it difficult, or maybe even impossible, to fall in love with where you live and work, it may be time for a change of scenery.
There seems to be a growing divide between the expectations of students in U.S. pharmacy schools and the realities of being a pharmacist. Continue reading “Pharmacy school vs pharmacy in the real world”
Would you want a robot dispensing drugs for you and your patients? Odds are, that’s long since been the case, to one extent or another:
Robotics have been used to help dispense medication in some pharmacies since the 1990s and robots for delivering medication have been used in hospitals for a decade.
And even before that, machines have been used for decades to count pills for dispensing – Such technology is now the standard in more than 30,000 pharmacies worldwide.
But will technology ever replace pharmacists completely? Continue reading “Why Automated Pharmacies Will Never Replace Pharmacists”