4 Tips for Handling an Angry Pharmacy Patient ::

It is something all pharmacists have to deal with at one time or another – an angry patient. There are always things that can go wrong when dealing with patients, and some will get upset and lose their temper. It could be that a medication is not in stock, more authorizations are needed, slowing the… Read more »

Pharmacy Technicians – What You Need to Know About Working in a Hospital Pharmacy vs. a Retail Pharmacy ::

For pharmacy technicians, there are some major differences between a retail pharmacy and a hospital pharmacy. Working in a hospital pharmacy requires a greater knowledge of medical terminology, and of medications and their preparation. Here is a short description of what the two jobs are like, their similarities and differences. Retail Pharmacy Technicians The primary… Read more »

Learn How Pharmacists Are Important to Diabetes Care ::

More than 30 million people have diabetes in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control, with another 84 million at risk of getting the disease. It is the seventh leading cause of death in the country. As more people succumb to the condition, it is important that patients are able to see… Read more »

Tips for How a Pharmacy Should Train Staff to Handle HDs ::

The United States Pharmacopeia mandates that any pharmacy staff that handle hazardous drugs (HD) should be trained on the safe use of such drugs and demonstrate their knowledge of how to handle the drugs.  Moreover, their competency at handling these drugs needs to be reassessed every year. They also need to be trained if new equipment is being used to administer… Read more »

Nutrition Support Certificate Program Now Available for Pharmacists ::

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), along with the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), is now offering a new certificate program in nutrition support. The instruction for the program is offered online and is self-guided. It covers basic concepts related to nutrition support for adult patients.  The program is designed not just… Read more »

How to Avoid Mishandling Private Patient Information ::

As every healthcare provider knows, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is designed to protect a patient’s health information. Healthcare organizations have many processes and procedures in place to do this. But no matter how extensive the precautions, problems can arise through human error, through carelessness and a lack of attention. For example,… Read more »

Why Pharmacy Technicians Need to be Trained for More Responsibility ::

As the role of pharmacies expands and pharmacists take on more patient care provider roles, they are looking to pharmacy technicians to take on more responsibilities in the day-to-day operations, handling such things as filling prescriptions and administrative tasks. More than ever, technicians need to have critical thinking and problem-solving skills. They need to be… Read more »

The Top Six Issues Facing Community Pharmacy ::

Like many other industries, healthcare is undergoing a lot of change. Here are a few of the trends and changes taking place in the pharmacy profession that pharmacists need to be aware of. Increased Competition and Merging of Pharmacy Chains There are about 67,000 pharmacies in the country, and each of them is trying to… Read more »

How Pharmacists Can Assist Patients to Adhere to Their Medications Better ::

One of the major dilemmas facing healthcare practitioners today is the fact that patients do not adhere to their medication regimens. This results in $100 billion in healthcare expenses each year. Because pharmacists are among those healthcare professionals whom patients see the most, they are in a unique position to help with this problem. Here… Read more »

6 Ways to Continue Your Education After Getting a Pharmacy Degree ::

Healthcare, like many other industries, is changing rapidly, buffeted by economic, demographic, and technological forces, as well as advances in the sciences and medicine. To stay abreast of such changes and function in such a fast-paced environment, pharmacists are earning additional advanced degrees in a variety of disciplines, such as business, law, public health, as… Read more »