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PHARMACY UPDATES
As 2014 comes to a close, AzPA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of AzPA Pharmacy Flash a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 7.


The 3 types of prescription errors
By Greg L. Alston
From April 23: There is not now, nor will there ever be, an error-free human system or process. As a pharmacist with 35 years of management experience, I have dealt with employee prescription errors for a long time in the real world of community practice. Prescription errors can be broken down into three basic categories. Many large employers confuse these three types of errors and end up rewarding knuckleheads and firing good people far too often without reflecting on the true root cause of the error.
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Cannabis craze: A pharmacist's take on medical marijuana
By Jason Poquette
From Feb. 5: It is no exaggeration to say our nation is presently obsessed with the issues surrounding availability and access to marijuana. Presently, 20 states allow for the medical use of marijuana. Two states, Colorado and Washington, allow for the purchase of marijuana for recreational use. Nine more states have legislation pending on the matter. It is no small project to weed through (pun intended) all the various political, legal, economic, scientific and ethical issues that inevitably arise in any candid discussion about our current cannabis craze. As a pharmacist, I am concerned about the issue on a practical level.
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Is clinical pharmacy really the future of our profession?
By Greg L. Alston
From July 16: The leadership of the pharmacy profession has continually pounded the drumbeat of "clinical" pharmacy for the past four decades. Pharmacists have been encouraged to improve their clinical skills and expand their use of ancillary help. They have been discouraged from being mere dispensers of medications. Now that 40 years have elapsed since I entered pharmacy school in 1974, let's take a look at how this vision has manifested within the profession and the education of our student pharmacists.
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Pharmacists ranked No. 2 in honesty/ethics, but ...
By Jason Poquette
From Jan. 8: Much talk has been generated recently among the members of the pharmacist profession about the No. 2 ranking we achieved in honesty/ethics in the latest Gallup poll. This is a significant achievement, as the poll spans a broad range of professions both inside and outside the boundaries of healthcare and medicine. Even though this poll only addresses public opinion, it nevertheless is a powerful indicator of the commitment of a profession to deal truthfully and fairly with our patients. On the other hand, there is a somewhat "untold" story to this poll data.
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The only 3 things you need to know to be a good pharmacist
By Greg L. Alston
From June 4: For the past seven years, I have worked as an associate professor at the Wingate University School of Pharmacy in North Carolina. After working in the retail drug industry since 1977, I had this strange notion that I might be able to help students balance the heavily acute-care clinical education with the more streetwise practical elements of community pharmacy. In the spirit of unity among all facets of the profession, I want to share with you the same three principles that I teach my students. It is my sincere belief that these are the only three things you need to know in order to be a good practicing pharmacist.
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3 surefire ways to kill your pharmacy business
By Greg L. Alston
From April 9: When I started in pharmacy in 1975, doctors could check a box on the prescription that said "do not label," and we would not be allowed to tell the patient what was in the bottle. There were no pharmacy technicians, no computers, no patient profiles and no clinical coursework was required in pharmacy school. Now computers not only print the labels and manage profiles, but they also perform all of the billing for prescriptions. The funny thing is that through all of these changes in scope of practice and technology, the simple principles of running a drugstore have not changed.
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The sky is falling: 5 challenges of hydrocodone rescheduling
By Jason Poquette
From Sept. 3: Many, like me, always believed the rescheduling of hydrocodone combination products to Schedule II was inevitable. It has been talked about for years. Some thought the topic was like Chicken Little crying that the sky was falling. To all such individuals I've got news for you — the sky has fallen and Chicken Little was right. The DEA has declared that beginning Oct. 6, all hydrocodone combination products will move from Schedule III to Schedule II controlled substances, thereby adding significant limitations and restrictions to the prescribing and distribution of these prescription analgesics.
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Will you still have a job in pharmacy in 5 years?
By Greg L. Alston
From Sept. 3: My personal mission is to help the next generation of pharmacists understand that the world has changed and teach them the skills to thrive in this new world order. The reality is this: The employment paradigm in this country has changed dramatically in one generation. And you need to understand the impact of this change. Here is what I mean. My parents, born in the 1920s, grew up in a time when getting a good education meant getting a better job. A better job led to a long career with a good company, ending up with a 40-year pin and a nice lifetime pension with healthcare benefits. Fast forward to today, and the rules have changed.
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