Magazine article Drug Topics


Magazine article Drug Topics


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Hang in there!

To pharmacist Alex Keller, who wrote "To my fellow pharmacists" ("Letters," Drug Topics, Feb. 2). Dear Mr. Keller:

I believe as you do about pharmacy. I, too, have seen pharmacists being turned into insurance claim processors. We are forced by way of payment schedules to call physicians and suggest this drug over another drug made by a competing pharmaceutical company, etc. I have been a pharmacist since 1954, and what I see is pathetic. I could go on forever about how the HMOs are reducing the quality of medical care for the people of this great country.

The reason for my letter is to ask you not to defect from the ranks. When members quit because they feel their input will not change things, the group suffers. If the guys with the spunk all leave, all we will have left are the wimps who bow to management, third parties, or any other group they can bow to. This produces a weaker profession. I believe if we have enough Alex Kellers, we can have a positive effect on the future of pharmacy.

Don't quit, Mr. Keller. Pharmacy and the public needs you.

Joseph J. Jordan. R.Ph.

Denton, Md.

Too bad for pharmacist Keller of Chicago, Ill. ("Letters," Feb. 2 Drug Topics). He expressed his opinions on the way things should be, not only for pharmacists but for the safety of patients-or, as the chain sees them, customers-and he got screwed.... If the company does not do right by pharmacist Keller, then perhaps it is time for a visit to a labor attorney. If he worked overtime and was not compensated, this can open a can of worms for that chain. All they need is the Department of Labor looking into their labor practices. If the government wants to find something, it will.

One of the chains that I worked for many years ago, before it was consolidated, had a little motto: OUR pharmacists are the backbone of the company. We have to keep them happy because they make us or they break us. Too bad the motto is not adopted by more.

Rob Share, R.Ph.

New Jersey

Making my day

Cruel Time has beaned me with a


While I still know my name is Shalit I sometimes really can't remember Is it April or September?

Did I take my pill last night? Did I douse the cellar light? Did I close the big garage door? I must take a look once more!

Every mom when I have riz I know I do not go to biz. My R.P license did expire. Did not renew. I've no desire.

At the market, on the street Invariably I seem to meet A customer of bygone years Whom I did help dispel some fears. I greet him as he greeted me, A pleasant smile that I can see. He sees that I am puzzled, so, He tells his name, and then I know.

We stand and chat a moment, too, About the past, and how we do. Then each will smile and go his way. A chance encounter made the day.

Nathan Shalit

Morristown, N.J.

A contradiction?

I was sincerely delighted to read in Drug Topics, Jan. 5: "For the ninth straight year, pharmacists have been voted America's most trusted professionals," according to the latest CNNUSA Today-Gallup poll. I am honored to be part of a very hard working, competent group of professionals so recognized and trusted.

Then, on page 36, we learn that NABP's [Carmen] Catizone thinks pharmacist competence testing is needed because some consumers were "spooked by increasing reports of drug errors. …

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