The best day at work is when I feel that I have made a difference in a patients life either by suggesting an alternate drug that may be more economical for them or by catching a major drug interaction that would potentially cause them harm--and the patient recognizes that and shows gratitude for it.More »
After working in a pharmacy while I was in high school, my childhood dream was to become the best pharmacist possible.
I graduated from the UT College of Pharmacy in Austin, TX, in 1965.
Pharmacy has been my passion. I love greeting every patient with a smile, filling their prescriptions, talking and counseling them. Having them leave with a smile on their faces gives me much satisfaction. I try to make every patient happy no matter how sick they are.More »
A fall-out of the economic crisis in this country is that people are finding themselves unable to afford their insurance premiums and thus foregoing needed preventive care. One of those things falling by the wayside is regular Eye Exams. From now until Thanksgiving Liberty Vision is sponsoring a benefit for the CT Food Bank.More »
Are you a "Difference Maker"?
I have two books that I reference quite often when I speak to individuals or groups about my own successes in business. The first is The Difference Maker, Making Your Attitude Your Greatest Asset by John Maxwell. The title alone gives you the call to action, let your attitude be such that you can make a difference in your life and those around you. Pretty simple concept that seems very difficult for most people to implement. The second book, actually more of a short story, is one of my all time favorites. If you have read or heard the story of Johnny The Bagger by Barbara Gantz (http://www.barbaraglanz.com/store/johnny/), you may have been inspired to become a difference maker. In summary, a teenage boy with Down syndrome decides to make his attitude his greatest asset and it becomes infectious. His inspiring notes left in the grocery bags of his customers change the culture of an entire company.More »
I was putting medications away from our new shipment one day, and I came across two medications, Donnatal tablets and Donnatal elixir. The thing is I couldn't help but notice that the elixir bottle had a "CIV" designation and the tablets did not. Now, I looked at the formulation on both bottles and both medications had the same amount of active ingredients. Why is the elixir version a Schedule IV drug, and not the tablets as well? Is it because the combination of these active ingredients with 23% alcohol (as it says in the bottle) would make this medication "habit forming?" Please help! Thank you!!More »
A patient of mine was taking cinnamon tablet PTA. His wife stated prior to this his insulin dose was 15 units of Lantus qhs, SSC Novolog. After starting cinnamon for several months, his BG was so good that he was actually off all insulins. The wife told her friends to try, and they got good results too.More »
I work in the oncology pharmacy of a University hospital. We receive errors on a constant basis some of the errors relate to blood work, where we wouldn't give the meds if the blood work was one way. Well one day I contacted the attending with a problem b/c H&H 7 platelets were low and the Dr. was insisting on giving the medication, then I stated Do you have literature to back up us giving the meds with these low counts? because if you do then we can give it. PS the medication was not given and the patient received a transfusion w 2 units.More »
I want to share an email that I received from my brother in law about their daughter and what they have been through, it is long but I encourage you to read the whole thing.
I am passing this along to help inform, stimulate discussion and see if anyone has any info that may be of help.More »