One of the wonderful things about filling prescriptions at a local pharmacy, whether it is part of a national chain or locally owned, is that you know whom you are dealing with. While many well-known corporations allow customers to fill their prescriptions online, there are also more nefarious websites that target people who are trying to save money or who want medications that are not usually available in the United States.
For a pharmacist working in a brick and mortar store, customers defecting to online pharmacies could have devastating economic implications. There are numerous government and industry resources available to help educate your customers about the potential dangers of ordering their medications online.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a section devoted to warning consumers about the possible problems associated with purchasing medications over the internet. They provide details on how patients can help recognize counterfeit medications and how to tell if they have received the wrong medication, as well as warning signs that a website may not be legitimate. The site also has a variety of materials you can print and post in your pharmacy or give to customers when they fill a prescription.
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy has a link to the licensure website for each state as well as for areas of Canada and New Zealand. Provide this link in any literature you may want to assemble for customers to help them make informed decisions.
The FBI has a brief overview of how consumers can help protect themselves from illegitimate online pharmacies. Print the article and post for customers to read in your pharmacy.
Of course, you don’t want to scare customers into thinking that all websites that offer to fill prescriptions online are providing inferior products or set up to obtain credit card information for malicious purposes. However, the threat of those situations occurring is quite real and more likely to happen with older individuals or people who are not aware of the possibility. By providing factual information and resources for your customers, you will help them make informed decisions. You may even be able to point to your own website as an example of what a reputable site looks like and how it can be verified.
How have you handled the increase in online accessibility of medications and the ability of customers to obtain those medications for a lower price than you are able to offer? Have you had patients come back with horror stories? Do you actively try to warn customers about the dangers that can be associated with filling prescriptions online?
Being a pharmacist can make for a rewarding medical career: The pay-to-hours ratio provides an attractive quality of life. And the duties allow for meaningful interactions with patients. So much so that – time-and again – pharmacists are cited as one of the professionals Americans trust the most.
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As a pharmacist, you will be inundated with offers to join a variety of professional organizations and to gather certifications. You may wonder why you should bother with any of them, and today we will discuss the importance of geriatric pharmacy certification specifically.
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The world of pharmaceuticals is constantly evolving as new medications are added to the market. As with any medical profession, it is important for a pharmacist to keep up with the latest information and innovations. This is where trade organizations become invaluable. There are numerous national and state pharmacy organizations. Today, we will discuss four of the most popular in the national arena. [click to continue…]
Since I began writing on this blog, I’ve found much more to talk about with my local pharmacist. We discuss a variety of pharmacy topics when I go in to refill prescriptions several times a month. Before, it was the usual “how are you doing” kind of conversation, and now I use him as a source of inspiration and information. Recently, I was telling him about some of the blog posts I’d been writing and mentioned temporary nursing positions. I asked him if he knew about them, and he did. Then we started discussing about how the same type of arrangement is also available for pharmacists. He said it had never interested him much, because he likes where he lives, but that he’d known several people who enjoyed the variety. He had similar things to say about becoming a per diem pharmacist, and mentioned that their pharmacy employed them from time to time when someone was sick or was scheduled for vacation.
Oddly, I had never noticed if someone different was busily filling my prescriptions, but then again, I hadn’t really started having conversations with my pharmacist every visit until recently. I usually deal with the pharmacy technician or cashier unless I have a specific question about the medications. I must admit I was intrigued. I asked if he could tell me why people were interested in becoming a per diem pharmacist. Some of the answers reminded me of what nurses I know have to say and others seemed more specific to the world of pharmaceuticals. [click to continue…]
Pharmacy managers need to deal with a variety of issues, including rising prescription costs and the danger of drug interactions.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was finally a conclusive way for you to make sure that your patients didn’t experience adverse drug interactions? What about finally being able to curb the cost of care for nursing home patients without compromising the quality of the care they were receiving? Believe it or not, pharmacy management groups deal with these issues on an ongoing basis but as costs rise and more people rely on medication, it becomes an issue of interest. [click to continue…]