Pharmacy Exposed: 1,000 Things That Can Go Deadly Wrong At the Drugstore Dennis Miller

ISBN: 9781467945509

Published: August 17th 2012

Paperback

756 pages


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Pharmacy Exposed: 1,000 Things That Can Go Deadly Wrong At the Drugstore  by  Dennis Miller

Pharmacy Exposed: 1,000 Things That Can Go Deadly Wrong At the Drugstore by Dennis Miller
August 17th 2012 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 756 pages | ISBN: 9781467945509 | 4.69 Mb

Weighing in at over 750 pages, Pharmacy Exposed is a massive indictment of a profession in crisis. This is the most explosive book ever written about pharmacy and chain drugstores. This is the first-ever expose of pharmacy written by a pharmacist. MoreWeighing in at over 750 pages, Pharmacy Exposed is a massive indictment of a profession in crisis.This is the most explosive book ever written about pharmacy and chain drugstores.This is the first-ever expose of pharmacy written by a pharmacist.This is the book that will change the way America views pharmacy and chain drugstores.This is the book that the big drugstore chains do NOT want you to read.Most people view the pharmacists job as fairly straightforward, uneventful, and even boring.

Doctors write prescriptions and pharmacists fill those prescriptions. What could be simpler? Too often, the reality is quite different. Due to competitive pressures in the marketplace, pharmacy has been transformed into a high-speed, high-stress, high-stakes enterprise in which powerful prescription drugs are just a blur on a hamburger assembly line. The big drugstore chains have embraced the McDonalds fast food model with disastrous consequences.I quit pharmacy after twenty-five years because I was so fed up with slinging out prescriptions as fast as my hands and feet would allow.

I am trying to expose the fact that mistakes are far more common in drugstores than patients and physicians realize. Powerful prescription drugs are dispensed across America in a system that is guaranteed to produce errors.

The big chain drugstores dont want you to know that pharmacies are purposely understaffed to increase productivity and profitability.A huge number of pharmacists are disillusioned with the profession and are not recommending pharmacy as a career for their children. A huge number of pharmacists say that they would never have chosen pharmacy as a career if they had known what conditions are like in what we sarcastically refer to as McPharmacy. This is a reckless system that treats powerful and potentially deadly prescription drugs as if they were no different from any other consumer product in America.

The big drugstore chains run their operations as if pharmacists were dispensing nothing more hazardous than a Big Mac at McDonalds or a Slurpee at 7-Eleven.Many pharmacists feel that the chains have made the cold calculation that it is more profitable to sling out prescriptions at lighting speed and pay customers harmed by mistakes than it is to provide adequate staffing so that mistakes are a rarity rather than a predictable occurrence. Understaffing sometimes forces pharmacists to take educated guesses rather than call doctors to clarify illegible prescriptions.

Understaffing sometimes causes pharmacists to override potentially significant drug interactions rather than phone the doctor who prescribed the drugs.Pharmacists are under tremendous pressure to fill prescriptions at unsafe speeds. Drive-thru windows increase mistakes by creating the expectation among customers that prescriptions should be filled as quickly as McDonalds fills burger orders.

It is a fact that the speed with which pharmacists fill prescriptions is one of the primary criteria used by chain management in determining whether pharmacists are doing a satisfactory job.Pharmacists go home at night crossing their fingers and wondering whether all the prescriptions they filled (and supervised techs in filling) that day were filled properly. They say to themselves something like, Mrs. Jones was in today but I dont even remember checking her prescriptions.Pharmacists desperately hope that the public will be so enraged by the common occurrence of pharmacy mistakes that they (the public) demand that the chains provide adequate staffing for the safe filling of prescriptions.



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