Magazine article Drug Topics

Take Your Best Shot

Magazine article Drug Topics

Take Your Best Shot

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I know that when someone is standing at the counter staring at me, they want my attention. I also know that if I look at them, Fm done for. At that point, I have no choice but to smile and see what they want. I cannot give every person immediate consideration. There are often pressing duties on the counter right in front of me and they have to be completed first. This time, the elderly man was very patient. When I went out front, he would get my full attention.

The way he started off bothered me, He took my right hand in both his hands and squeezed. His deeply lined face was luminous, He began to tell me how wonderful I am.

"You helped me out with my problem," he said, "I couldn't have done it without you. Thank you, sir. Thank you very much."

There are plenty of times when I have to ask, "What did I do?" because I can't remember. Not this time, I sensed that asking that question would be dangerous. So I said, "You are welcome, sir."

This seemed to satisfy him. After thanking me again, he released my hand with a smile and walked away I looked down at my hand. There were 2 $ 100 bills in it.

I know that we pharmacists have been trying to figure out how to get paid for our knowledge and experience, but this was ridiculous.

A golden opportunity

We have an opportunity coming up that will benefit the profession and will enable us to enhance our personal reputations without any of the drudgery entailed by APhA initiatives. Each of us will have the chance to go for it or let it slip through our fingers. This time, don't screw the goose.

It's so simple. The days of seeing a doctor for a common cold are over. Doctors don't have time or inclination to treat patients for something so trivial. Colds get better in all cases. The patient who feels like he's going to die will be lucky to see a PA or an ARNP. They're busy too. Three weeks for an appointment?

If patients are lucky enough to see a PA, the disappointment will crush them. "What do you mean, you can't write a prescription that my insurance will cover?" It's not because PAs can't write prescriptions. They have that power now. There just won't be any prescription-only drugs left on the market.

On Wednesday, March 2, 2011, FDA ordered about 500 prescription drugs used to treat colds, coughs, and allergies off the market. …

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