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  • June 6, 2018
    Posted by: Gerald “Pharmacist Jerry” Finken, RPh, MS; Contributor: Martha Morton

    Take a look at your medicine cabinet and see what you find. While scanning through, did you find medications that you should no longer use or some that are expired?  If so, you are not alone! Last year on DEA’s National Drug Takeback Day, held in October, about 912,305 pounds of prescription drugs were returned. […]

  • May 30, 2018
    Posted by: Gerald “Pharmacist Jerry” Finken, RPh, MS

    In 1936 Dale Carnegie published his book, “How to Win Friends and Influence People”.  His inspiration for the book was a University of Chicago survey on the prime interests of the residents of Meriden, Connecticut. Take a guess at the top two prime interests. Well, the first was health. The second was people —understanding each […]

  • May 23, 2018
    Posted by: Gerald “Pharmacist Jerry” Finken, RPh, MS; Contributor: Meghan Mosser

    Change can mean starting from scratch, but it can also mean looking to the past for lessons learned. As big corporations push for new disruption, North Dakota is the only state in the union looking to the past for inspiration by example. According to an article written by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, North Dakota […]

  • May 16, 2018
    Posted by: Gerald “Pharmacist Jerry” Finken, RPh, MS; Contributor, Meghan Mosser

    Photo credit: GlobalMed In America, the healthcare news is all about Amazon. It’s expected to take the healthcare realm by storm because of its involvement in pharmacy and insurance businesses. However, if you look across the globe in China, a technology giant, known as Alibaba, has already accomplished what Amazon is trying to do. The […]

  • May 9, 2018
    Posted by: Gerald “Pharmacist Jerry” Finken, RPh, MS; Contributor: Martha E. Morton

    In the book Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut writes “In This World, You Get What You Pay For”.  For pharmacists, this is a conundrum depending upon whether we are payer or patient-facing. The 2017 Pharmacist Salary Guide reports that there are various factors that impact how much a pharmacist is paid annually. According to the guide, […]

  • May 2, 2018
    Posted by: Gerald “Pharmacist Jerry” Finken, RPh, MS; Contributor: Martha E. Morton

    Whether we are healthcare professionals or patients, most of us are well aware and concerned with ever-increasing healthcare costs in the US. If the data is correct, it is valid to be concerned since overall healthcare costs have now reached $3.3 trillion, running around $10,348 per person per year.  The United States leads the world […]

  • April 25, 2018
    Posted by: Gerald “Pharmacist Jerry” Finken, RPh, MS

    Photo: Dan Saelinger/Trunk Archive, accessed from the Consumer Reports Article published on line on Apri 5, 2018. The feature article written by Lisa Gill and published on April 5th 2018 by Consumer Reportstitled “How to Pay Less for Your Meds” is one of the best patient-focused articles on drug prices written in the past year.  […]

  • April 18, 2018
    Posted by: Gerald “Pharmacist Jerry” Finken, RPh, MS

    The opioid epidemic could have been prevented if pharmacists had prescriptive and provider rights. I would also argue that this would solve the enormous problem we have in hand today.  Crazy? I say not at all.  Let’s consider. One of the problems is over prescribing by those who CAN prescribe: doctors, nurse practitioners and, in […]

  • April 11, 2018
    Posted by: Gerald “Pharmacist Jerry” Finken, RPh, MS; Contributor: Martha Morton

    Recently there has been a buzz over social media and the news about the rising prices of prescription drugs. The blame has been mostly placed on the drug manufacturers. The spikes in medication prices are notable, for it has been documented that prices have increased, what feels like overnight, by the thousands per pill. I […]

  • April 4, 2018
    Posted by: Posted by: Gerald “Pharmacist Jerry” Finken, RPh, MS

    %Rx ≠ $Rx Prescription drugs prices continue to go up every year. Is it the disaster they say it is? Perhaps not. Why? CNN recently published an article about soaring drug prices and used only percentages to prove its point that there is a real problem when it comes to the cost of prescription drugs […]

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