The 6 Pharmacy Compliance Issues You Weren't Taught in School

There is often a gap between the laws taught in pharmacy schools and the legal knowledge you need to practice pharmacy. Along the way, it is very possible for great pharmacists to make mistakes and unknowingly break the law or not follow national guidelines for practice. In this post, we’ll look at important laws and guidelines that may not have been taught in your pharmacy school but that are essential for you in order to succeed as a practicing pharmacist.

Maintaining Testing Integrity, Transparency, and Accountability in Pharmacy Licensing

Society depends on licensed professionals for tasks that require specialized education and training. This includes doctors, nurses, and pharmacists, along with builders, educators, pilots, and many others. Licensing is a mechanism to ensure competency — and in most cases written exams are an important part of that process. A recent incident involving the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) has shaken the pharmacy community and called attention to the importance of exam integrity. It is imperative not only for test takers, but also for the general public’s health, that the integrity of exams like this one is maintained.

The Healthcare Provider’s Guide to Medication Affordability

Doctors, nurses, physician associates, and other healthcare providers (HCPs) work hard to make sure their patients get the care they need, and that includes ensuring they receive their medications. Yet, despite their best efforts, too often patients walk away from the pharmacy counter without their prescriptions. In this post, we’ll look at all the ways you can help your patients navigate the costs of their prescription. We’ll also look at insurance and review patient assistance programs, free trials, copay cards, and other ways to help the underinsured as well as the uninsured.

The Role of Pharmacists in Public Health

Pharmacists play a critical (if often underappreciated) role in the public health of the country, providing a range of services beyond dispensing medication. While this hasn’t always been the case, pharmacy practice and education have continually evolved to meet the needs of the public. Pharmacy is not a stagnant profession, and it is up to the current generation of pharmacists to expand into new practice models. Let’s look at where pharmacy practice has been, its modern role in public health, and the impact it might have in the future.

Summer Job Opportunities for Healthcare Students

If you’re in school to become a healthcare professional — whether that’s a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, therapist, or otherwise — you are likely to get time off in the summer, even if you also have to complete a rotation. While your first inclination might be to work in a clinical setting similar to where you might work after graduation, there are many opportunities to do something unique and adventurous. It is also possible to get paid as much or more as you would have if you had worked in a clinical setting.

Mandatory Reporting in the Healthcare Setting

Mandatory reporting by healthcare professionals is often required by law. This course will assist you in recognizing suspected signs of abuse that require reporting, as well as developing a mandatory reporting system in your pharmacy practice. Upon successful completion of this course, learners should be able to: 1. Define mandatory reporting and reporting requirements 2. Describe mandatory reporting requirements within healthcare 3. Recognize the definitions and signs of occurrences or suspected occurrences that mandate reporting 4. Develop a mandatory reporting system in pharmacy practice

How Healthcare Providers Can Overcome Barriers to COVID-19 Vaccination

Although there are adequate supplies of COVID-19 vaccines, our vaccination rates are not nearly high enough to stop the pandemic. Until then, we’re at risk of surges in infection rates along with a higher possibility of new variants emerging. It is critical that we overcome the current vaccination plateau and work to increase vaccinations. In this post, we’ll look at ways we can overcome barriers to vaccinating the public.

OTCs vs. Dietary Supplements: What's the Difference?

In a recent post we talked about discussing the differences between brand and generic drugs with our patients. Perhaps equally important, but also less appreciated by many patients, is the difference between over-the-counter (OTC) medications and dietary supplements, which make up the majority of items stocked in pharmacies. In addition, they are often found next to each other on the shelves with similar labeling, making things even more confusing for patients.

OTCs vs. Dietary Supplements: What's the Difference? - GoodRx

In a recent post we talked about discussing the differences between brand and generic drugs with our patients. Perhaps equally important, but also less appreciated by many patients, is the difference between over-the-counter (OTC) medications and dietary supplements, which make up the majority of items stocked in pharmacies. In addition, they are often found next to each other on the shelves with similar labeling, making things even more confusing for patients. In this post, we’ll look at the d

What to Know About Pharmacy Technician-Administered Immunizations - GoodRx

The authority for pharmacy technicians to administer immunizations has come on fast. The first state to approve technician immunizations was Idaho in 2017, and other states have quickly followed suit. As pharmacists and also pharmacy technicians, we know that technician roles are expanding and technician-administered immunizations are here to stay. But most boards of pharmacy are not yet allowing technicians to independently administer vaccines.
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