February 6, 1990 |
America is short of pharmacists to properly dispense the more than $70 billion in prescription drugs that we take each year, and the serious shortage is expected to get worse. With all of the world's other problems, the need for more pharmacists may seem to be minor. But they are a crucial part of our health-care system, and their mistakes can be devastating. As the number of the elderly rises, so does the demand for prescription drugs and therefore for people to fill them.
October 25, 2012 |
Chris Cullum normally gets his prescriptions filled at a CVS Caremark store in San Diego. But, while traveling, he placed orders at a CVS branch in Arizona this year and at a branch in Illinois last year. In both cases, Cullum said, he subsequently received calls from the stores in those states letting him know that refills were ready. Two things make this noteworthy. One: Cullum, like other CVS customers who have related similar experiences, never signed up for the pharmacy's automatic-refill program, ReadyFill.
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February 13, 1996 |
When the smoke cleared from the devastating fires of 1993, pharmacist Susan McCalla Ornellas gave free medication, toothbrushes, eyedrops and other necessities to hundreds of victims. Then she did the same after devastating rains flooded the area after the fire and again in 1995. For all of that, she was recently recognized by the 6,000-member California Pharmacists Assn. as its 1996 Bowl of Hygeia recipient for outstanding community service.
November 7, 1989 |
Welcome to your friendly neighborhood drugstore, where you can buy lawn sprinklers, Dove Bars, cat litter, greeting cards and--oh, yes--prescription medicines. Way in the back of the store, on a raised dais surrounded by frosted glass, pharmacists tap into computer files and pack pills into brown bottles. But practitioners of the job that has been described as an endless round of "count and pour, lick and stick" are pushing to give their customers more than this.
November 30, 2009 |
When he arrived for his first visit, the 55-year-old diabetic had no idea what constituted a healthy diet, says pharmacist Steven Chen. "He ate two or three dinners a night, such as two whole pizzas about an hour apart." And he didn't know how to manage low blood sugar attacks. "He would eat an entire pie or cake instead of the recommended one serving of carbohydrate every 15 minutes." Not only did Chen advise his patient about good nutrition and exercise, he stressed the importance of taking his medications every day exactly as prescribed.
February 9, 2011 |
Drug interactions can lead to serious problems. Even taking something as seemingly benign as an over-the-counter cold medication could lead to an unpleasant, or dangerous, interaction with a so-routine-you-don't-even-think-about-it prescription drug. This panel of pharmacists can help sort out what drugs cause reactions and how to avoid unwanted ones. A live Web chat Thursday (noon EST, 11 a.m. CST, 9 a.m. PST) will feature Stefanie C. Nigro, assistant clinical professor at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy; Laura Hobbs, pharmacy clinical coordinator and director of the pharmacy residency program at Hartford Hospital; and Flora Harp, community practice resident for CVS/pharmacy.