Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Proposed CVS/Aetna Merger

Fox News reports this would be a threat to small pharmacies:

Forbes says the merger would be a threat to hospitals. 

CVS Health’s proposed acquisition of Aetna is designed to keep patients out of the hospital for as much care as possible while escalating the move away from fee-for-service medicine to value-based care. See LINK

Fortune sees it as a novel merger with "complicated consequences." See LINK

This is what I think:

If you're a pharmacist or pharmacy technician, what do you think?

Monday, December 11, 2017

I want MORE Free Money

So we have had this promotion thing going on for awhile. Get a $25 gift card for new or transferred prescription plus a stamp card. Fill three more times and then get another $25 gift card.

Basically it’s a free $50 for absolutely nothing.


I had a lady get her third prescription. I activate the second $25 gift card. She wants to know why I'm not giving her another stamp card. She thinks she’s going to get a free $50 every time she fills four prescriptions.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Future of Pharmacy

1. CVS merges with Caremark
2. Express Scripts merges with Medco
3. CVS/Caremark buys Target pharmacies
4. Walgreens buys Rite Aid pharmacies
5. CVS/Caremark merges with Aetna
6. Walmart buys CVS/Caremark/Aetna and Walgreens
7. Amazon buys Walmart
8. SkyNet takes control of Amazon, uses drone delivery technology to wipe out the human race
9. The Borg assimilates SkyNet, adding SkyNet's technological distinctiveness to it's own

Resistance is futile

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Careful... I'm Watching!

I never cease to get a kick out of patients who try to hide their PIN as they type it in on the point of sale machine. These people usually do the same thing... they swipe their card, then when it pops up to enter the PIN, they'll partly look up to see me standing there, then cup their hand over the PIN pad and type away.  

I'm sure they're just protecting their MILLIONS of dollars, right? Do they really think that I'm going to memorize their PIN, somehow steal their debit card, then have a free-for-all down at the Wagmart? Part of me wants to be insulted by this, and another part of me just wants to just laugh.

(For those of you who don't know, PIN = Personal Identification Number)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Dear Prescribers

When filling out a prescription for a controlled substance, please note the area that the red arrow is pointing to. This is the ADDRESS of the patient, and this is REQUIRED to be a valid and legal prescription. See this LINK.

Your attention to filling out this part of the prescription is most appreciated.

~ Every Pharmacist, Everywhere

Monday, December 4, 2017

The "AC1" Magic Pill

Some old crotchety guy steps up to the counter today and asks, “I hear there’s a new medication to lower my AC1. What is it?”

“We have lots of medications to lower your blood sugar. They require a prescription though.”

“It’s something new for AC1!” he says, getting angry. “I just want to lower my AC1 now!

Why do old people get so angry so quickly in Snootyville?

A1C is an indicator of your blood sugar over the past three months. I don’t think you’re understanding what that is.”

But I saw it on TV!” he says.

“Well, go see your doctor and they’ll draw some blood and we'll go from there.”

<shaking head and mumbling>

Man walks away.