A B-school essay from a Pharmacist’s perspective

My Operations Management (OM) Professor in B-school had one question for our final exam. Explain if this course will or will not be relevant in your chosen profession or career path? I revisited my short summary a few days ago and considered the role of the Pharmacist in relation to the current healthcare model. How … Continue reading A B-school essay from a Pharmacist’s perspective

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Rebaked PIE…Pharmacist Industry Engineer

It's not always about how much money a business makes; oftentimes its more important to understand how much money the business can save. I asked a Pharmacist the following question: "Who is probably the most famous and richest industrial engineer? Your hint... he grew up in Mobile, AL?" He paused and thought about it for a … Continue reading Rebaked PIE…Pharmacist Industry Engineer

Buckets in the Pharmacy? A look at pharmacy operations…

I'm a visual person. In the pharmacy, visual cues help me make quick decisions regarding prescription status. As a student at a "chain pharmacy" I would put prescriptions in blue buckets or red buckets. Blue buckets for folks picking up their prescriptions in one to two hours, and red buckets for folks picking up in … Continue reading Buckets in the Pharmacy? A look at pharmacy operations…

Prior Authorizations: what can you do to help your prescribers

Prior Authorizations (PAs) are forms that are completed by the prescriber or prescriber's agent (person that completes the form for the prescriber's signature) for the patient to receive his or her medication. Reason's for prior authorizations include: cost of the medication, the quantity of medication prescribed, early refills, off label use of a medication, or … Continue reading Prior Authorizations: what can you do to help your prescribers

Medication adherence: how parent’s can keep track of their child’s medicine

“Medication adherence” has become a big topic of discussion. A quick Google search of medication adherence as it relates to rising healthcare costs will lead readers to thousands of news articles. In this article I will discuss some tips on how to help your child adhere to his/her medication regimen. 1.  Pen and paper - If … Continue reading Medication adherence: how parent’s can keep track of their child’s medicine

The cost of pharmaceutical compounding…

"Ya'll charged me $45, and the pharmacy up the street said they were gonna charge me $400!" When searching for a pharmacy that compounds; ask the pharmacist if they're able to file a claim for the prescription under the patient's pharmacy benefits policy. If a member of the staff states that the pharmacy can not … Continue reading The cost of pharmaceutical compounding…

A Pharmacist’s role in the community…

As a pharmacy student I was fortunate to have the opportunity to be a Pharmacy intern in Eutaw, AL. The Pharmacist that served as my preceptor played a major role in serving that community. First, he owned one of the two local independent pharmacies in the community. Thus, he filled folks prescriptions and provided jobs … Continue reading A Pharmacist’s role in the community…

The “disruptor” is back, and they’ve come to visit your local pharmacy…

Amazon's plan to purchase Whole Foods has caused quite a tizzy with some Pharmacists interested in seeing if this leads to new job opportunities in the market, or on the flip side potentially leads to job loss with a disruption in how drugs are delivered and consumed. For me personally I turn to SWOT analysis … Continue reading The “disruptor” is back, and they’ve come to visit your local pharmacy…

Priced to sell….

Price sensitivity is the core concept to consider in trying to understand how brick and mortar businesses lost market share to the internet. Price sensitivity is the way customers perceive a price and the ensuing demand the product has on a given market. Four questions can be asked by the manager regarding a product and … Continue reading Priced to sell….