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  • Pharmacies Begin Charging Doctor’s Offices for Renewal Requests

    We Interrupt our Normally Scheduled Postings for a bit of Pharmacy Satire… BREAKING NEWS: In what seems an unprecedented move, pharmacies throughout greater Pillsburough County have started charging doctor’s offices for having to send them renewal requests for their patient’s medications. ...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Monday (7/18/2016)

    Here is a quick review of some of the most recent pharma news stories from around the country: Despite Opioid Concerns, Seniors Often Exit The Hospital With Prescription It’s a common scenario: Someone checks into a hospital for surgery or an illness and leaves with a prescription for an opioid painkiller,...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Pokemon Go…To The Pharmacy?

    From what I’m hearing on the news about this new Pokemon Go app, pharmacies better stock up on band-aids and wound wash.  I haven’t played it myself.  But apparently it allows users to search for Pokemons in real life by integrating with the camera and GPS functions on their mobile phones....

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • AbbVie, Gilead Throw Punches in HCV Boxing Match

    “You’re gonna eat lightnin’, and you’re gonna crap thunder” shouted Mickey, Rocky’s boxing coach, as he pushed his pupil to become the most dangerous fighter in the ring. Those of us who remember the drama of this movie match between the Italian Stallion and Apollo Creed might think that...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Is Coffee REALLY Good For You?

    It was Hippocrates who apparently said “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”  If, by “food” he intended to include coffee, he might not have been too far off.  Lately there have been a slew of studies lending support to the idea that coffee may in fact be a potent prescription for...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • The U.S. Drug Addiction Problem is OUR Problem – My TEN Ideas

    Pharmacy news, I have found, often reflects much more than scientific and medical innovations – it gives us a glimpse into what is going on in a culture in terms of their values, emotions, pains and problems.  Right now all the pharma news and medical media are screaming one message very loudly: ...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Tuesday Newsday (February 11)

    Just a few bites of pharma and/or medical news for you to chew on this Tuesday morning: No guilt weekends!  A recent study suggests sticking to your diet for 5 days per week is good enough to promote your weight-loss goals.  A little cheating and fun-food over the weekends didn’t significantly hinder...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • The Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy: Budgeting & Leadership Issues

    Ever since the terrible tragedy related to the 2012 fungal meningitis contamination of steroid injections shipped from the New England Compounding Center (NECC) around the country, things have been rather shaky for the Board of Pharmacy in Massachusetts.  I should know.  I live in this state and have...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Post-Sequestration And Your Pharmacy…

    As I sit here this evening we are exactly 3 hours away from midnight, at which point the sequestration adjustments to our Federal Spending are going to kick in…and begin kicking the living daylights out of life as we know it.  Exactly what will happen is hard to predict.  Something akin to Godzilla,...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • What’s wrong with MEDICAL marijuana?

    Medical marijuana is all the rage.  It popped up on numerous state ballot questions around the country in early November.  Since then there has been no shortage of articles about how this plant product works…or doesn’t work…or why it is the greatest thing since enteric coated...

    Author : Jason Poquette