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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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…