Dave Marley, R.Ph., C.E.O of P.U.T.T.
There is just something about the position of C.E.O. Along with the unbridled arrogance, they believe that they are bullet-proof.
A few of you have complained that your comment has gotten caught in the “Mediator Delay”. The first time I approve a comment by a particular User Name, all comments from that User Name will automatically go right on through and will be posted. I check comments maybe three times a week. So, please do not change your User Name. If it is your first comment, I will get to it.. Promise. Jay Pee
From: Jay Pee 12-13-2012. I am disappointed in Dave Marley. Most of us share P.U.T.T.s position on Mail Order, but we can separate Mail Order and Pharmacists as not even being on the same page. I would never tell any pharmacist not to take a job that provided a good living for her family, with good benefits and a bonus of being actually encouraged to practice pharmacy every day. Marley’s damning of this pharmacist is so inappropriate that I question the motives of the entire P.U.T.T. organization.
I have shared emails with this young woman in the past. My impression of her is that she is the quintessential “good pharmacist”. She does not identify herself as a Mail Order Pharmacist”, but rather as a “Pharmacist” with all of the responsibilities and rights that you and I have.
Shame on you, Marley. Gloating over a fellow pharmacist’s misfortune. Your comments are like saying, “I am not talented enough, not a good enough businessman, not committed enough to do it myself, so I want you to do it for me.” Bull Shit. There are plenty of independents out there who are good enough business heads that they are doing well. Gawd, Marley.. what were you thinking? Drinking or smoking? I am stunned by your heartless comments. And P.U.T.T. is the organization that I sent a hundred bucks to and, more than once, enouraged other pharmacists to send P.U.T.T. money. That is all on hold now until you explain how you can act like such a fuck. P.U.T.T. gets nothing from me and I urge other pharmacists to give a second thought before writing a check. A simple apology, actually an abject recognition of shame, to this pharmacist could do a little something to begin healing this wound you created.
By the way, Marley, where were you when the Wal-Mart pharmacists in Florida rolled over and started filling prescriptions for $4.00? Why was this not worthy of your profound, public criticism? Why weren’t you encouraging Rite-Aid pharmacists to rot-in-hell when they rolled and didn’t rebel when RAD promoted “Prescriptions in 15 minutes”? I don’t see you jumping up and down to label Safeway (and its companies) as unprofessional when they give a $20.00 grocery coupon to everyone who buys a flu shot? I could go on listing examples of your hypocrisy. You screwed the goose on this one, Man. You failed your responsibility. Perhaps, the job is too big for you. You get no free passes when pharmacists from all corners of the country are sending you money. You don’t get to be an average, normal mean shit. You are not above it. Actually, you are right down in it, up to your nostrils. Dave Marley, You should be ashamed of yourself.
I am forwarding this email to you in the hope that it will provide a little food for thought. I received the email below as a response to a complaint I made regarding what I consider a heartless post to the PUTT Facebook page. I gotta say I’m very disappointed. I have thought highly of this group ever since I saw you mention them in your blog. Am I to be condemned as a worthless sell out because I took a great job that wound up being eliminated after the acquisition?
While I hated losing my job I understand it was just business. For the record, I actually took a pay cut when I left the hospital pharmacy for Medco. I worked in two separate clinical departments, first in MTM and then in Cardiovascular. I’m very proud of the work that I did. I’ve done everything from save a patient $8000/ month in medication costs that they could not afford, to helping patients get better control of their disease states, and sometimes just lend an ear to someone broken by personal tragedies. These are things that every good pharmacist aspires to, and I’m very proud that Medco provided me a real opportunity to do it. While I freely admit that I don’t agree with all of their policies and practices, the same could be said for almost any employer. Are they going to condemn every CVS/RA/WAGS pharmacist as a sell out because of their employer? Not that I’ve seen so far.
I firmly believe that if my employer had been CVS I wold have gotten a response more along the lines of ‘That’s terrible, let’s all join together and fight the good fight. Hope things work out for you.’ Instead I get a response of ‘You suck and I hope you and your license rot in a deep dark hole somewhere.’ Both companies are poorly regarded, with equally good reasons. Why the double standard? I no longer support that organization. While their goal is a good one , their attitude towards their fellow pharmacists is horrifying.
Sincerely, RPh PharmD (Ohio)
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From: Dave Marley <email@example.com>
The heartless dirtbags are those who sell their profession down the road for a paycheck. Put simply, if you get in bed with a snake you will get bit. Mail order pharmacy exists only because pharmacists like yourself have sold out their responcibility (spelling Marley’s) to protect your profession.
No, I have no pity those who have sold out and then got burned.
Sent from my iPhone,
Dave Marley, PharmD
On Dec 12, 2012, at 5:05 PM, PharmD, Ohio wrote:
Currently Practice Pharmacy Today (12-12-12) at about 2pm EST an article was posted to Facebook about the most recent layoffs at the Medco site in Willingboro. The comment attached was a smiley face. When I questioned why the PUTT poster was happy about people losing their jobs, their reply was that it was karma. As a pharmacist who was laid off from Medco (2 months unemployed and counting) I find it incredibly distasteful that you are finding amusement in my lack of work. I have been following your work closely because I believe it is a message that needs to be shared. Not anymore. I’m telling everyone from now on that while your aim is a good one, you’re heartless dirtbags that take delight in the misfortune of others and they should send their support elsewhere.
12-14-12 Jay Pee. This one is moving relatively with speed and incisive comments. My comment above was designed to get pharmacists to think and question: Is our primary responsibility to practice pharmacy, make an adequate living to support our family in all ways? Add to Maslov’s fundamental needs and you get private schools, soccer camps, rock ‘n roll weekends. All of the things that a “professional” can afford to nurture her family. Or is our responsibility to protect the independents from the PBM Mail Order Outlets? A No-Brainer.
You will want to read the “Comments”. Mister Marley wrote a comment that “blistered” just like the first one,
I want to personally apologize to Dave Marley for my “colorful” criticism of his attack on PharmD Ohio. I could have done it differently. However, for me, the individual pharmacist and the practice of pharmacy are the Aces of Trump. This girl and her needs, anxiety, personal bank account and constant worry supersede the supposed needs of any pharmacy that is ostensibly “Fighting” Mail order. Mister Marley’s unwillingness or inability to say, “I am sorry. I was out-of-line” to a member of his family whom he has wronged is not going to get him what he wants. JayPee