David Stanley, RPh
David Stanley is a pharmacy owner, blogger, and professional writer in northern California. Contact him at [email protected]
Patient counseling: Walking a tightrope
One pharmacist tries to strike the right balance when communicating with patients.
Which side are you on?
The pharmacist sitting in the office is interested in squeezing out another penny per prescription. The pharmacist behind the locked gate is interested in going home before midnight. Both cannot happen. A side must be chosen.
Desperate measures
Denying yourself food to protest the policies of a corporate behemoth seems a bit ... extreme. Nonetheless, such an action may be a legitimate warning about the state of retail pharmacy today.
Prescriptions for pharmacy survival may be a bitter pill
Most of us probably didn't pay a lot of attention to business majors when we were in college. Unfortunately, the business majors have far more influence over the practice of pharmacy today than pharmacists do, and it's going to be up to them to find a way out of the pickle our profession finds itself in.
God, pharmacy, and the American way
In the business world, it just seems like common sense that you dictate to your customers at your extreme peril. Even when you think God is on your side.
A pharmacy puzzler
There is an answer to 12-hour shifts, inadequate support, 20-minute lunch hours, and no bathroom breaks. Ask the United Steelworkers of America.
Hail and farewell
As the years went by, it became evident just how much of a stamp the first person to get hold of you professionally will put on your career.
Understaffed and overwhelmed
Patient counseling and medication management therapy: You do the math.
You talkin' for me?
Its very name implies that the American Pharmacists Association would be looking for and advocating solutions to the problems of actual pharmacists, but when it comes to addressing the barriers that stand in the way of our practicing our profession, APhA is nowhere to be found.
Why do pharmacists detest Medicaid customers?
Everyone seems to realize that when the lady being a pain in the neck carries a Gucci handbag, she's someone who helps pay the pharmacy's bills. Not so many people seem to realize that this is equally true of the lady carrying the Medicaid card.

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