The pain-med choke point January 15, 2014 By Steven R. Ariens PD Suppliers continue to restrict pharmacy access to controlled substances, leaving many chronic pain patients without the help they need. Contributor Steve Ariens retails the latest findings. The political-medical complex Remember President Eisenhower’s coinage “the military-industrial complex”? Here’s a contemporary analogue, spotlighted in a passionate argument by Drug Topics reader Robert L. Mabee, RPh, JD, MBA. My way to give back: A Kickstarter program to engage girls in science careers A campaign to encourage girls to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. You get what you need October 15, 2013 By Theodore Hsu PharmD In an open letter to Jim Plagakis, a JP fan decides that even when a paradigm is shattered, there is still value to be had in picking up the pieces. Pharmacist reality check: It's all relative September 09, 2013 By James Rawlings RPh Jim “Goose” Rawlings, a popular Drug Topics contributor, shares a little story from his student years that packs a big punch. Issues arising in chain-store pharmacy Here’s more front-line testimony that every bench pharmacist can relate to. One of these days, working conditions like these will be history. What’s it gonna take to get the ball rolling? Pharmacy stamp redux It took the sustained efforts of a few dedicated individuals to persuade the U.S. Postal Service to create a postage stamp honoring pharmacists. To commemorate some of those men and their work, reader John W. Owen, Sr., RPh, speaks up New Markets: A prescription for independent pharmacies March 04, 2013 By Bruce Park An inquisitive civilian went on the hunt for the secret to independent pharmacy success. Here's what he came up with.