Magazine article Drug Topics


Magazine article Drug Topics


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It is obvious that the President and his staff have been hoodwinked by the drug manufacturers. It is sad that neither side chose to allow our national association to enter into the discount card negotiations. This is the beginning of the end.

Joe Jeffries, R.Ph.

St. Clairsville, Ohio

Soundalike error

The use of the computer spellchecker should at times be supplemented by the use of a printed dictionary. Bikes are pedaled, not peddled (as published in the Aug. 6 issue), unless one is trying to sell bikes. I applaud pharmacist Ost for pedaling his bike 400 miles to raise money for AIDS vaccine research.

Les W. Krumm

Sioux Falls, S.D.

Editor's reply: Oops.. you got us. We like alert readers! Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

Problem: Multitier co-pays

The simplest reason I can provide for the multitier co-pays, featured in your Aug. 20 issue, is that the managed care groups can defuse both public and congressional complaints that they do not cover every drug product. By covering every Rx product under the sun at different levels of copayment, HMOs are now able to point to the new copay system and say, with a straight face, "Look, we cover everything. I don't understand what the problem is." This will eliminate any future problems with Congress and will show the civic-mindedness of healthcare insurers for these enrollees.

As for the R.Ph. taking the brunt of the questions and complaints, I couldn't agree with the author more. I am already getting the constant whining and griping about how much patients have to pay for their insured Rxs. However, as "the people who care" from Albertson's, the solution at our store is fairly simple: "If you don't like your co-pay, use the courtesy phone on the wall right there to call your employer or insurance carrier and complain to them! Dial 9 to get an outside line, and use the phone number on the back of your card!"

For anyone who thinks I should get into another business and quit complaining, I have been doing this for 26 years and enjoy the -people I serve. I just don't like insurance companies and the amount of my time they soak up on silliness every day.

Name withheld upon request

Shawnee, Kan.

Share drug abuse information

In answer to your question about whether pharmacists should share information about suspected drug seekers (Drug Topics, Aug. 20), the answer is definitely Yes.

Wake up, guys! Forgeries are more prevalent than ever. Recently I received a prescription for OxyContin that looked strange and reeked of perfume. The Rx was erased via an acetone solution. The Rx smelled of perfume to mask the odor of the dissolving solution.

And then we have the ingenious patient that uses his computer to print his own Rx blanks-and his own bogus blank checks. So he pays you with a bogus check to get his bogus Tylox. And this information should not be shared?

And how about the individuals that swipe Rx blanks and copy those Oxycontin Rxs so when you phone the M.D., he verifies that he wrote the Rx-the only problem was that the fraudulent Rxs did not retain the same date as the original.

Drug abuse is bad and getting worse. So, yes, we have to police these prescriptions.

Patrick Whiddon, R.Ph.

In Mississippi, we hear constant requests from the police for community involvement in reporting criminal activity. They call the program "CrimeStoppers." What is the difference between a professional pharmacist helping to detect drug abuse or a private citizen helping the police? You are right. Pharmacists are not cops, but I think it would be unprofessional not to help in detecting and curbing drug abuse in America today. …

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