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The Last Page of The Premier Edition of Guerrilla

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Funny, But Tells The Story.
THIS IS THE LAST PAGE OF THE BLACK & WHITE version.

The Premier Edition of The Guerrilla Pharmacist has been a long time coming. I have been making it a goal for a long time. It has been on the back burner for years. Finally, in January, Julia Talsma, the editor at Drug Topics fired me after 25 years and 248 columns. JP at Large came to an end in that magazine. I said to myself. “Okay, Plagakis, what is next?” Guerrilla is the answer.
My whole adult life has been about pharmacy. The last 3 decades, I have been on a mission to make a difference. I know we have to confront the metrics and the pharmacy computer programs that spy on us every minute of our working day. We need to take the rights of any employee for good working conditions.
When I realized that this magazine and what it can do was a possibility, I put out the message that we needed pharmacy writers, subscribers and donors. All the writers I invited stepped up. “Goose”, Dennis Miller and Steve Ariens have written for Drug Topics. 12 essayists stepped up. The only one to decline is David Stanley “The Drug Monkey”. It is his loss, but our loss too. David is a good writer and he knows all about how retail pharmacy has degraded.

Without Writers, Subscribers and Contributors, Guerrilla will be just another good idea that fails. It will a boutique curiosity. Let’s not have that happen. Please enroll your unhappy colleagues. Support them in taking a stand. We must have them with us to build the foundation we have to have.

This is your chance to take a stand. Ask the right questions. How is CVS treating you? Are you happy with your job? Do you want to change it? Do you want to take pharmacy back? Well, my friend, here is where you can start.

Pharmacist Steve is reporting on a vintage pharmacist getting $2,000,000.00 from CVS for age discrimination. Read all about it at Steve’s site. PharmacistSteve

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Some of You Have Asked How to Subscribe or Contribute to THE GUERRILLA PHARMACIST

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A Pharmacy Guerrilla
NOT THAT HARD TO FIND, BUT HERE IT IS AGAIN.

“The Guerrilla Pharmacist” is the best bet to get you to stop sitting on your hands. FIRST ISSUE WILL BE MAILED EARLY IN MARCH, 2015. Those of you who make a dollar contribution of $50.00 or more will receive “The Comfort Trilogy”. A Thank You gift from THE PHARMACY ALLIANCE”.

A One Year Subscription is $30.00

send CONTRBUTIONS OR SUBSCRIBE BY PayPal to: tpafund@hotmail.com

Contributors of $50.00 or more will receive a Thank You gift. THE COMFORT TRILOGY. This volume contains three books. “The Prisoners of Comfort” “The Comfort Demands” and “The Dangerous Book for Pharmacists”. Amazon price is $26.99.

WE can now accept major credit cards using the SQUARE technology. $$$ are sent to the TPA account in Galveston.

Please tell us what the $$$ are for. Send Account #, Expiration date & Security code. Name on card.

Checks (will be deposited to a TPA checking account in Galveston)
Make Payable to: Guerrilla C/o Plagakis

Send to:
Guerrilla C/o PLAGAKIS
1609 BAYHOUSE PT. DR. BA229
Sarasota, FL 34231

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Is it True That Pharmacists Are Fatally Apathetic About The Own Lives?

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Apathy is fatal

I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED IN YOU GUYS. The E-Mail response to the announcement of the coming magazine

    The Guerrilla Pharmacist

was amazing, encouraging and hopeful. There were subscriptions paid via PayPal the next morning . I thought “Rock ‘n Roll, JP. Guerrilla will make a difference in the lives of pharmacists and technicians. It can be the stimulus for bringing about a paradigm shift that will put the power in pharmacy back in the hands of the practitioners. PHARMACISTS.

But, Guerilla has to get in the hands of people with their feet on the floor behind the counter every single day. Issues will be passed around. Some of the WRITERS have indicated that they will buy extra copies (at net cost) to pass out. Fred Mayer of PPSI fame wants to give copies to key people at the C.Ph.A. meting this spring.

I am very disappointed that the subscription flow petered out after that first day. Some of you were over-the-top in praising this effort. Some cheered that “This is exactly what we need”. “I will support The Guerrilla Pharmacist completely.”

Then nothing. I expected a subscription order from PEON and others immediately. Did not happen. Can you tell me why? Don’t say apathy. “Apathy is not giving a shit that you don’t give a shit” If it is apathy, WE ARE DOOMED and deserve what we get.

Please reconsider. The Guerrilla Pharmacist has taken real effort in my house and I know that writers like Goose and Pharmacy Gal
spent a lot of capital in writing such great STUFF. Some of the essayists have contributed toward costs. Ron Cameron, Fred Mayer and Paul Trusten put their money where their mouth is. They each sent $200.00. Goose has put himself on a continuing payment plan that will mean $600.00 to Guerrilla in 2015.

Your money can make a huge difference. First—SUBSCRIBE.

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The PHARMACIST Job Bubble is Bursting. Can You Spell C-O-N-S-P-I-R-A-C-Y?

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Are The New Schools Playing Into The hands of Big Evil?

From THE NEW REPUBLIC. If you are a young pharmacist, click the link. If you are a Vintage Pharmacist, click the link:

“Why Good Pharmacist Jobs Are Drying Up”

This is a very long article in a very well respected magazine. READ IT, YOU GUYS. THIS IS YOUR INDUSTRY THAT THEY ARE USING AS A PROFIT-GENERATING ENGINE and cheapening a profession that has endured for centuries.

Youngsters, scrape and claw your way into a traditional school if pharmacy is what you want. There is a difference, just like a night MBA course at your local community college is different from a degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Who gets hired first for the best jobs? If you need an RPH, Purdue will give you a pharmacist while a robo-dispenser is what you get from a new for-profit school.

CONSPIRACY IS A SCARY WORD, BUT HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?

From 72 Pharmacy Schools to 130 Pharmacy Schools seemingly OVERNIGHT. There is a huge difference between Purdue & Touro. You will still learn how to compound at Purdue. If you want Pharmacognosy, you can get it. The new FOR PROFIT schools seem to be merely NAPLEX preparation courses. Take the time to research the new schools in your state. If you went to a traditional pharmacy school like Toledo or U.C. San Francisco, you will be appalled at the curriculum and the compressed schedule.

Karl Marx “Das Kapital” asks: WHO BENEFITS?

Not you! Not the young pharmacist with an inferior education who can pass the NAPLEX, but don’t have a clue why Rolaids is better than TUMS. Who benefits. THE CHAINS. BIG BOX. SUPER MARKETS. MAIL ORDER. They were creamed by the shortage and, I believe, they conspired with the NABP and I-Don’t-Know-Who-Else to make sure that they had plenty of cannon fodder to streamline their Prescription Mills. They did it and you and me and Fred Meyer were like deer in the headlights. We just let it happen.

I worked for a few months with a girl who got her degree from ◾University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy in Texas. When we ran out of Tamiflu for liquid, I said, “Compound it. You will spend 3 minutes with the calculations and another 10 minutes making a “Shake” suspension with something like OraSweet”.

Talk about a deer in the headlights. Compound? Nobody ever told me I’d have to compound. A 10 minute lesson and she was good to go. Pretty damn simple. Calculations can be done in her head. Next thing, she was offering to compound Rxs that she did not have to. Her school failed her. A legacy pharmacist brought her to the edges of what I call “Pharmacy”. Not every youngster has this benefit. I worked for WAG. I took the time and nobody complained. Could this happen at CVS? They don’t want the quintessential pharmacist. Al they want are robe-dispensers. How do we fix it? I will tell you how. Subscribe to THE GUERRILLA PHARMACIST. The strategy is defined in detail in Issue #1.

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THE GUERRILLA PHARMACIST

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OREGON IS OUR ONE GRST HOPE. The BOP is on our side.

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A little imagination and you will get it.

A little imagination and you will get it.

FROM GOOSE: I am putting all my writing efforts into this new publication and supporting it financially. I am also urging others to do so. We need to get this rolling folks, while we have the advantage of seasoned writers who know the real issues in pharmacy.
Even if it just a few bucks, support The Pharmacy Alliance in this or subscribe. $30.00 for a year is nothing.
That’s a few days of coffee for some of you.
Peace out,
Goose

“The Guerrilla Pharmacist” is the best bet to get you to stop sitting on your hands. FIRST ISSUE WILL BE MAILED EARLY IN MARCH, 2015. Those of you who make a dollar contribution of $50.00 or more will receive “The Comfort Trilogy”. A Thank You gift from THE PHARMACY ALLIANCE”.

send CONTRBUTIONS OR SUBSCRIBE BY PayPal to: tpafund@hotmail.com

There were PayPal subscriptions there this morning. You Rock.
Contributors of $50.00 or more will receive a Thank You gift. THE COMFORT TRILOGY. This volume contains three books. “The Prisoners of Comfort” “The Comfort Demands” and “The Dangerous Book for Pharmacists”. Amazon price is $26.99.

WE can now accept major credit cards using the SQUARE technology. $$$ are sent to the TPA account in Galveston.

Please tell us what the $$$ are for. SEnd Account #, Expiration date & Security code. Name on card.

Checks (will be deposited to a TPA checking account in Galveston) Make Payable to: Guyerrilla C/o Plagakis
Send to:
Guerrilla C/o PLAGAKIS
1609 BAYHOUSE PT. DR. BA229
Sarasota, FL 34231

941-281-9096

WE CAN DO THIS YOU GUYS. If “The Guerrilla Pharmacists” inspires only 20 out of 100 Pharmacists to engage in battle (even small battles) WE WILL WIN. You get your dignity and self respect back. Pharmacy will be ours again. Fuck the MBA Masters of the Universe.
They can run the variety store out front.

The Pharmacy Alliance will publish the first The Guerrilla Pharmacist in a few weeks. It will be a magazine with the essays written by stud activist writers like Goose, David Stanley, me and others.

We want to kick start the revolution to get our profession back. And, well, you know

    IT IS LOOKING REALLY GOOD.

After you read Guerrilla, maybe you will be willing to step up and play the amazing TRUMP cards you have in your hand.

Cheap right now if you want to subscribe. $3.00 an issue $30.00 a year.

Send your subscription money by PayPal to: tpafund@hotmail.com (Drop an e-mail to jpgakis@hotmail.com so I know what the $$ are for)

By check to be deposited to a TPA checking account in Galveston.

Guerrilla
C/o Plagakis
1609 Bayhouse Pt. Dr. BA229
Sarasota, FL 34231

IT IS TIME, YOU GUYS. IF WE HAVE TO LEAVE TEETH AND BLOOD ON THE FLOOR TO GET OUR PROFESSION BACK,
WE WILL. The non-pharmacist bean-counting MBA Masters of the Universe will have their assholes puckered and it will be a complete surprise because everybody knows that pharmacists are spineless lemmings. I am not buying it. There is a WARRIOR in every one of you.
JP

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