Magazine article Drug Topics


Magazine article Drug Topics


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R.Ph.s: Watch your safety

I would like to speak to your Feb. 5 article on workplace violence. After 16 years as a neighborhood retail pharmacist, I closed my store and went into hospital pharmacy. One of the reasons was that I had started carrying a loaded pistol and had psyched myself that I would shoot someone who tried to rob me. This is no way to live.

Marly Gibbons


The pharmacy where I used to work was cited by authorities for repeated failure to provide the safety training legally required because our pharmacy was open during late night hours. Employees need to be informed of their legal right for this training. Perhaps Drug Topics could research this and provide an article to spread the word.

Stephen Bristow

Tacoma, Wash.

Patients wouldn't consider shooting a physician for a two-hour wait in an ER but will go ballistic in a pharmacy. Perhaps the policies of certain pharmacies with their 15-minute wait time are responsible for the mindset of these individuals.

Bob Gladden


Those pharmacies are fixtures

In response to a reader's letter in your Feb. 5 issue asking, "What is the oldest pharmacy?" our pharmacy in South Texas was established in October 1845 and is still the longest continually operating pharmacy in the state of Texas.

German immigrant Dr. Joseph M. Reuss came to Texas in the fall of 1845 and established a medical practice and pharmacy at the old seaport of Indianola, Texas. After a couple of devastating hurricanes in the late 1800s, he moved his practice and pharmacy to the town of Cuero, 60 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico. It operated in the same family for five generations until 1991, when two long-time employees bought the business from Dr. Reuss' great-greatgrandson, Joe B. Reuss, R.Ph.

The business is still alive and well, in only its third location in 161 years. More information is available at www.reusspharmacy. …

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