Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Just goes to show how stressful school is when I'm contemplating quitting, suicide, or self-harm when I fail a quiz for the third time in a row.

It's freakin' pharmaceutics.  Industrial pharmacy.  IT SHOULD NOT BE THIS DIFFICULT.

However, it will be extremely difficult for me to make a B in this course now.  How sad.

Work is hard.  We left the pharmacy in disarray yesterday.  The shipment was not put on the shelves.  There were still 25 fills to complete, and the pharmacist still had ~20 to final check.  I'm sure the pharmacy manager was thrilled this morning when they opened....  -_-

In other news, I'm doing rather well in my other courses, all things considering.  I'm looking at making at least Bs in everything, whereas last semester I was praying to pass with a C.  It's nice to have a buffer.

We're having legislature day next Monday in where everyone is going to the capitol to view what sort of bills they're thinking of passing.  One is requiring prescribers to check the controlled substances database to avert people from doctor shopping before they even get to the pharmacy.  Seems to be doing well and has numerous supporters.  Another is attempting to change pseudoephedrine back into a prescription, which is not getting much backing.  However, seeing how a new meth lab is found every night on the news in this state, much less the city, I don't see why not...

A couple other bills they're looking into:
  • creating a MTM and setting out funding sources for this program and requiring 3rd party payers to pay a fee to pharmacists
  • expanding immunization types to pharmacists
  • include pharmacists and pharmacies in defining "health care provider"
  • prohibit pharmacists from refusing to dispense medications without a valid reason
  • prohibit pharmacists from refusing to dispense medications unless they have told their employer the reason why they decline to dispense
  • prohibit tobacco sales from pharmacies
  • allow unlicensed personnel to administer medicines when patient is unable to do so
  • examine cases with unintentional overdose death
  • prohibit a person from having more than 2 Rxs for a specific controlled substance or any with a similar therapeutic use if they are filled within 72 hours of eachother, unless patient can provide an affidavit from prescriber
  • have pharmacies submit info to the controlled substances database within 24 hours instead of once a week
  • require name and address of person picking up for someone else if medicine is controlled
  • permit pharmacists to prescribe certain medications without an order by a prescriber
  • require Medicaid to annually review and adjust rates paid providers
  • require prescribers to prescribe Naloxone with opioids
So yeah, more than a couple, but I thought they were interesting.

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