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  • Retail Pharmacy Prescription MARGINS 101

    f you don’t understand the significance of margins on the success of a retail or outpatient or specialty pharmacy operation – you are doomed to discover the significance the hard way – by closing.  You must manage your margins.  While every aspect of the operation demands the full...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Become Your Own MTM Pharmacist – With MTMCare Special Offer!

    othing gives me more pleasure than to introduce my fellow pharmacists to some of the most cutting edge developments in our profession.  And maybe nothing is more important, relevant and timely than the developments surrounding Medication Therapy Management (MTM) being introduced by Randee Bowder and her...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • What in the World are Pharmacy NCPDP Codes?

    lright retail pharmacy newbies, have a seat.  And anyone else who has wandered into Community Pharmacy 101 – welcome to my classroom here at The Honest Apothecary.  Today’s lesson is entitled “NCPDP Codes – A Primer.”  I’m going to introduce you to something they...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Medicare B vs. D for Pharmacy Beginners

    Maybe the most challenging part of retail pharmacy for new pharmacists or technicians is understanding billing issues related to insurance plans.  For pharmacists working in other settings such as hospital or long-term care, this issue is virtually irrelevant.  The hospital pharmacist has plenty of his/her...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Retail Pharmacy INVENTORY 101

    Those new to retail pharmacy, whether pharmacists or technicians, may have heard about the infamous “inventory” day and be wondering what it is all about.  I’m about to explain it.  Welcome to Inventory 101!  In my 20 years of retail pharmacy (plus at least 8 years prior to graduating...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Introducing RxCentral – a Tool for Physicians, Pharmacists and More!

    This post is a great privilege for me to share.  I have known Dr. Paul Greenberg for almost 10 years now.  I worked for him at Fingertip Formulary where I experienced first-hand his commitment to quality, innovation and service.  His creativity and passion for excellence pervaded everything he did.  When...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Liquid Dosing Labels – Metric Please!

    I‘m happy to see that the American Academy of Pediatrics has been reading The Honest Apothecary.  Good for them.  In a journal article published in Pediatrics last month on March 30, 2015, the academy has embraced and recommended a better prescribing approach to writing dosages for liquid...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • What to do if your Pharmacy is Being Robbed

    No pharmacy I have ever worked in has been robbed during my time of service.  For that I’m grateful.  Maybe some will think that disqualifies me from writing on this subject.  I do admit that those who have actually been involved in an armed robbery can talk about it from a different perspective. ...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Hiring Retail Pharmacists – The Employer’s 3 Dilemmas

    A lot of time has been spent discussing the challenge of the current job market for PHARMACISTS.  The oversupply of new student graduates has created a real problem for many as they launch out into the working world and look for a job.  Even experienced pharmacists are feeling the pressure as they are...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Pharmacy Tales: Tips for the Floating Pharmacist

    In the retail pharmacy world, a “floating” pharmacist is one who typically doesn’t have their own regular store to work in every day.  They cover multiple pharmacies, depending on the day of the week, filling in here and there according to the whim and pleasure of whomever controls their...

    Author : Jason Poquette