Paracelsus Predicted the “Poisoning” of Big Evil.. Idiotic Suicide!

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What is happening right now, as you read this, would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.  Pharmacists did not talk.  The were institutionalized “Galley Slaves” and they had no idea what they could do.

Then, came the Internet and the “Dawning of the Age of Aquarius” and the end of the 2000 years of the “Age of Pisces”.

The Pisces Age was known for the cheating, lying, obfuscation and ignorance.  Someone at the Millenium said, “Give up all hope, assholes, because the party is over.”   What he meant was, “You can’t hide anything anymore.”  That is so 20th Century.

“Big Evil” is truly committing suicide and they don’t even know it.  You fuck with the Feds and the Feds will fuck with you.  Remember agreeing to the $77,000,000.00 fine for pseudoephedrine sales not properly documented?  $77 Million is chump change compared to what Medicare fraud is going to get you.  ”Big Evil” is toxic.  I would not be surprised to eventually see a government administrator running the company.  Too bad, so sad, your own damn fault.

Paracelsus said, “The dosage is the poison.”  Jay Pee has said to patients, “It is dosage and frequency that makes a poison” when asked if a patient’s medicine is dangerous.  You take enough, often enough and you are dead.

The people who run “Big Evil” are intelligent.  They also are doing their best Elvis Presley impersonation. ”
What?  Why not can I have another banana split?  That will be only six, then a few Seconal and I will sleep just fine.

 I do not get it.  When a big company mistreats intelligent, educated, professional people who are savvy, they are fucking around with the tools of their own destruction.  How can they not see this?  Management holds none of the cards that count.  The pharmacists hold all of the face cards.

The pharmacists hold the Aces of trump.  These are the poisons that depend on the dosage.  Thousands of pharmacists hold the poison in the form of documentation.  Hundreds have audio recordings of Middle management threatening veteran pharmacists that they will lose their jobs if they “Can’t cut it”.

This is red meat to Lazarus at the LA Times.  Other media outlets do not like being “scooped”.  Once The New York Times or “20 20″ jump in, the poison will be lethal.

Why couldn’t “Big Evil” see that what they have been doing is suicide?  

This is a tough time for our industry.  ”Big Stupid” and “Big Evil” represent around 12,000 stores.  I say we hope for re-organization.  Regardless, the Internet is not going away.  There are no secrets anymore.

If what I think is happening, is really happening, it is Katie bar the door.

My honest viewpoint is that they are out of control in the executive suite at “Big Evil”.   They are just regular people, you know, with average to above-average business talents.   There are no supermen there (Or at any other company for that matter).  They have their jobs only because of agreement.  It is agreed upon that they should be the bosses.  The Board of Directors could blow the thing up at any minute.  A corporate paradigm that makes profit by cheating and bending the law is not sustainable.   Worse, for Middle Managers to pressure the professional staff at store level to “make the numbers” no matter what is egregious behavior.  ”Big Evil” could be providing 1,500,000 to 2,000,000 prescriptions every single day.  How many DUR issues get ignored when the “System is down”?   How much Medicare fraud takes place when the “System is up” and the automatic refill program is clicking away?  How much Express Scripts, United Health Care and Medco fraud takes place?  

I can’t quite get my head around this yet.  I will count on you guys to do more than just “Go Off”.  We need to take the thinking one layer deeper.  Are they really drinking corporate “Kool-Aid” at lunch at the executive suite?  Is there no one there to step up and stop the corporate insanity? 

This is not a winning strategy for “Big Evil”.  I do not see any way out other than people taking their golden parachutes and a drastic reorganization.

30 Comments

30 Comments

  1. pharmaciststeve  •  Oct 21, 2012 @5:32 pm

    JP.. you are correct about the internet… one thing that I believe is an important part of the equation is that these “mature RPH’s” are BABY BOOMERS… the generation who was able to organize themselves in rallies BEFORE THERE WAS A INTERNET…

    I am 18 months off of the “point” of the baby boomers.. my generation has never been known for letting “the system” push them around..

    we are becoming more and more tech savvy.. pharmacy today is no where near the pharmacy we first entered…

    Our corporate employers are being more and more brazen in bending/breaking laws and forcing/encouraging us to do the same.

    higher efficiencies and productivity seem to be crossing the line of slavery/servitude..

    Our profession has historically focused on patient care and let everything else take care of itself..

    Our corporate employer’s sole focus on profits and nothing else… even putting the patient’s health at risk.. is no longer acceptable to us.

    more and more RPH’s each week are realizing that there are laws that protect us and our patients… and utilizing them… means getting the media, attorneys and the bureaucrats involved.

    Our corporate employers most valued thing is MONEY.. we have to see that – when we are asked to break the law – he stand up and see if they can be separated from some of their MONEY…

    The more this happens… the more likely they will eventually change their behavior.. and we can get back to our primary function.. taking care of patients.

  2. Peon  •  Oct 21, 2012 @5:44 pm

    I hope the ‘metrics’ crush CVS. If CVS is raked over the fire for all their metrics, then this will be death of all these metrics. It cannot come soon enough for me. Pharmacists are fighting back! It is individual pharmacists here and there. The internet may very well be the tool to breaking the chains grip on us and freeing us from pharmacy slavery. The big pharmacy corporations had better take note! Change is in the wind!

  3. FarmD  •  Oct 21, 2012 @9:22 pm

    The bigger problems, which aren’t tackled are:
    1) Mandatory mail order. If retail rebels and gets to expensive, meds will just be mailed to consumers
    2) Squeezed profit margins. Look at the hundreds of indys going of business, RAD is on life support and all the medium chains have been bought up. This what PBM’s want, pharmacys not making it.
    CVS is trying to do what it can to survive. Cutting rules? Yes, that is the corner they have been backed into.
    Mail order creates much more waste than CVS, yet we never hear about that.

  4. Pharmacist Bobb  •  Oct 21, 2012 @9:43 pm

    FarmD–CVS has Caremark a PBM company– Have you not heard the complaints of indys about Caremark looking at their files for potential transfer opportunities. Imagine those metrics at Caremark where they have not met their quota of transfers out from indys.

  5. pharmaciststeve  •  Oct 21, 2012 @9:43 pm

    If we – at retail – would stop taking care of pts when mail order screws up… the pts would start complaining or opting out of mail order… as long as you take care of the pts using mail order.. they have no reason to take action to make changes.

    if we force better staffing… the chains will have a good reason to not to accept ever reducing PBM fees.

    NCPA have tons of pics on their website from relatives of mail order pts that have passed where they have brought the surplus meds to the pharmacy to be destroyed.. I have seen pics of tens of thousands $$$ from one pt.

  6. Pharmacist Bobb  •  Oct 22, 2012 @6:49 am

    What a pathetic company. Reorganization must happen. Another dirty secret they keep is the amount of dispensing errors made nationally by all of their pharmacists forced to work their skeleton labor model, not to mention doing this on downtime. The truth needs to be told or forced to be told on this issue.

  7. Pharmacist Bobb  •  Oct 22, 2012 @8:07 am

    A must read at the Drug Monkey. In The Spirit Of Friendship And Cooperation, I Continue To Help A CVS Executive With A Vexing Problem. On topic

  8. PharmD Blogger  •  Oct 22, 2012 @1:42 pm

    Yes! We are going away from “slap a label on it” to more counseling. The big chains are saying MTMs are the future of pharmacy. Corporate will still be paid, and insurance companies won’t have to pay for all the drugs. These metrics and guarantees are only to make money. This is not the profession of pharmacy. I believe we will counsel, and it will be for less money. Get ready for a pay cut, if you already have not received one. The best case scenario. We will stay the same. I know every pharmacy student would love to make $80,000 coming out of school. They will fire me and hire one of these, if I don’t take the pay cut.

  9. bcmigal  •  Oct 22, 2012 @1:46 pm

    The public will find this interesting for about a week. The chains have big guns. They will somehow find out who leaked the emails etc. Instead of victory laps there will be memorial services for careers that once flourished.

  10. Cathy Lane RPh  •  Oct 22, 2012 @2:31 pm

    In the grand scheme, perhaps the dross such as public benefits management and non-pharmacist retail management float to the surface and are skimmed off, to retain those with the duty to society, the professional pharmacists.

    As a younger baby boomer accepted to pharmacy school in 1978, it isn’t difficult to recall the evolving schemes for support of individuals’ various health care options in efforts to divy up costs of burgeoning health-related expenses.

    As a society we’ve seen improvement in access to quality care wend its way through a myriad of unimaginable hoops and curves, along the way to this rather dysfunctional state as it stands now.

    I don’t pretend to know much about the law, public health, social science, but I do know that when I was born my father was working for Territorial schools which provided health insurance. My folks did not utilize its benefits until years after it was available because they did not realize what it was for. They paid cash for hospital delivery charges, any medical bills which included the penicillin shots the doctor administered at his office, dental care, and OTC charges for Sloan’s liniment, Bayer aspirin, and Sayman salve. Fortunately, my folks raised a bunch of healthy youngsters, and learned about Blue Cross/Blue Shield before appendicitis, status asthmaticus, and other emergent expensive ailments arrived.

    No fault of pharmacy school curriculum decision-makers. but we had two lectures about running our own businesses, one guest speaker on investments and personal finances, and several lectures in p’cog about professional standards of behavior. Our law classes focused on state and federal law, pharmacist duty and negligence, and everything in between. Somewhere in and among the lectures in law there we were exposed to the new concepts of zero inventory, generics and ANDA, Medicare Part D, PPOs, HMOs, and necessity for pharmacy benefits manager. (There was a time when pharmacists were on the PBM bandwagon since our duty was directly to the patient in providing pharmaceutical services as exemplified in the Veterans Administration; we should ‘allow’ bean counters and accountants take care of business end of pharmacy finances e.g. drug acquisition, cost adjudication, manpower laws, BOP audits, etc.)

    However, as Falstaff says, it’s “not the ill wind which blows no man to good, or from King Henry VI, “ill blows the wind that profits nobody”.

    Perhaps, the pieces of the fractured profession will be reconstructed as the American Apothecary Society TPA. Working at CVS or Rite-Aid or Medco or the veterinary supply warehouse filling scripts for herds of pregnant cows does not define the duty of a pharmacist to society.

  11. Cvsconsumesyoursoul  •  Oct 22, 2012 @3:16 pm

    Jim hits the bigger issue on the head. There are NO DUR checks of any kind during downtime. We aren’t talking an isolated store or two. When the system was down last year for over 8 hours NATIONWIDE in November or October I believe, middle management was all over it. They call immediately and tell you that you better be filling. They were so adament about it that they made us sign a document that said we would as a contingency of employment basically! How many rx nationwide do you think we’re filled that day? I am telling you that all you simply do is verify the hardcopy matches the label and THAT’s IT. No therapeutic checks of ANY kind. That’s what happens at CVS when the system is down. Then the copays are made up based on 109 days of data. I’m more baffled that nobody wants that story yet. I’ve reached out.

  12. Cvsconsumesyoursoul  •  Oct 22, 2012 @3:19 pm

    More importantly I’ve got the fucking emails and “agreement” to prove it. This overzealous distancing that CVS wants to play is also bullshit. It’s the current culture created by Larry Merlo. It never existed like it is today under Tom Ryan.

  13. Rud0lfwaltz  •  Oct 22, 2012 @7:18 pm

    Walgreens is the same way during downtime. More non-pharmacist managers nosing around at the store level is coming. Walgreens is the next CVS

  14. cvsconsumesyoursoul  •  Oct 22, 2012 @8:11 pm

    My experience intercom plus (WAG) is that it doesn’t process prescriptions in downtime as the stores have their own remote servers. If the remote server is down, you cannot do anything as it won’t connect to the system, period.

  15. pharmaciststeve  •  Oct 22, 2012 @10:45 pm

    A non-RPh coming into my Rx dept… butting into what/how I should do… will find him/herself quickly escorted out of the Rx dept and the door locked behind them.

    The practice act states that the RPH on duty is responsible for the legal operation of the Rx dept… anyone in the Rx dept does so at the pleasure of the RPH on duty.

    If a non-RPH is butting-in or trying to “practice pharmacy” directly/indirectly.. IMO.. he/she is creating a hostile work environment… if he/she is unhappy with your decisions.. let him take it up with HR/CCO and legal ..

    If he/she just goes to a DM… then you need to take it up with HR/CCO/Legal and until you get a WRITTEN RESPONSE from all of those depts… your opinion PREVAILS..

    The non-RPH has no legal responsibility to the BOP and the BOP has no legal authority over him/her… If they are in the Rx dept and interfering with how you preform your professional duties.. tell them to take a hike….

  16. Whistleblower  •  Oct 22, 2012 @10:59 pm

    PIC meeting tomorrow in the Harrisburg PA district. I wonder what will be up for discussion? I guess I’ll have to wait until evening to listen to a recording!!

  17. Cvsconsumesyoursoul  •  Oct 22, 2012 @11:08 pm

    I don’t go to PIC meetings because my district likes to not pay you for them. Fuck that.

  18. Pharmacist Bobb  •  Oct 23, 2012 @7:17 am

    “I can’t quite get my head around this yet. I will count on you guys to do more than just “Go Off”. We need to take the thinking one layer deeper. Are they really drinking corporate “Kool-Aid” at lunch at the executive suite? Is there no one there to step up and stop the corporate insanity? “
    JP—we do need to step it up. You probably read the email at the drug monkey. He did a take on the Ron guy that caused the heavy breathing phone call for you. This email plus the document at the LA Times article show the corporate insanity in a very very transparent way. It is what it is, and it is sick sick sick and must be beaten with a stick stick stick. Metaphorically so to speak.

    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-lazarus-20121019,0,1491028.column

  19. the truth  •  Oct 23, 2012 @8:58 am

    pharmacissteve, non rph managers were always snooping around in my cvs pharmacy. I totally believe that the FE DM tells them to do so. I break no laws, I just work. Work, work, work. That bitch was always in the pharmacy. But karma got her back. She spent so much time snooping on us that the FE got ripped off out of so much merchandise she was kicked out. I had also had FE shifts come back to bitch me out for turning away a refill too soon CII. Big surprise, the customer is a good friend of theirs. Why didn’t you fill it? My response, “I’d be violating Hipaa if I told you”. She was later fired too.

  20. bcmigal  •  Oct 23, 2012 @12:47 pm

    The real story here should be how not meeting the quotas/goals/targets or whatever the heck they are called is directly proportional to the threat and harassment levels. In addition to hoping and praying that no mistakes were made, I now worry about the wait time, % of waiters, and whether or not the patient was reached after 6 phone calls.
    Just last week, it was pointed out to me that I spend too much time with the patient at the counseling window. Perhaps I should tell them to just read the label.

  21. Pharmaciststeve  •  Oct 23, 2012 @1:27 pm

    There was a RPH on another RPH bulletin board that had the same problem with the TOP major chain ..working in TN.. in TN.. the Pharmacists can be fined $500 for not counseling..
    He had his attorney send the company a letter that his client would not violate any part of the practice act… including mandatory counseling…

    According to this RPH’s posting.. the company backed off… and told him that he could do appropriate counseling.
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    Once again.. discharging an employee for refusing to break the law can have serious financial liabilities for the company.

  22. Pharmaciststeve  •  Oct 23, 2012 @1:46 pm

    @truth… I prefer to set the ground rules up front and not wait for “natural attrition” to take care of things.

    people who believe that they have much more “authority” than their pay grade or job description provides them… usually just irritates the hell out of me.

    IMO.. if you are in the Rx dept.. you had better be there to work.. if you are not there to work… get the hell out of my Rx dept.

  23. Cvsconsumesyoursoul  •  Oct 23, 2012 @4:10 pm

    It appears that Walgreens, target and rite aid are now being questioned because customers have now implicated them.

  24. Peon  •  Oct 23, 2012 @4:13 pm

    Ok…guys/gals…this is a great thread. JP says that CVS corporate heads must be drinking “Kool-Aid”. You would think that the big corporations with so much money and can hire the brightest people would make good decisions. But, the near financial meltdown of our financial system brings to light the truth. The truth is that big corporations can make dumb/stupid mistakes just like an individual. CVS has some dumb/stupid folks at the top. There is no doubt about it and they are going to drive this chain into the ground. It is rare for CEO’s to go to jail. The financial mess is a prime example. Not one single CEO at the big financial institutions went to jail. The whole matter was one of the biggest, most crooked frauds perpetrated on the American people in our history. It would be nice if the crooked nature of CVS could be traced, by the government, back to Merlo.

    JP continues to question what is happening at the top and he asks if there is no one to stop the corporate insanity? We could have asked this about the big financial institutions. Was there no one to stop the insanity? If you have read much about the financial mess, you will begin to realize that no one tried to stop the “insanity”. These big corporations are, again, like individuals. Power can easily go their heads. It happened at Goldman Sachs. At one time, Goldman Sachs was hiring the smartest folks in theoretical physics. They were using those smart minds to created more complex derivatives. I read a book by one of those physicists and he said that those derivatives became so complex that “no one understood them and no one understood the risks”. The big pharmacy chains are in that same type area where they do not know the risks of what they are doing. Merlo, for sure, is one of them.

    FarmD says that the bigger problems, like mail order, or not being tackled. Mail order is full of waste! Steve said, “NCPA have tons of pics on their website from relatives of mail order pts that have passed where they have brought the surplus meds to the pharmacy to be destroyed.. I have seen pics of tens of thousands $$$ from one pt.” Yes, we all realize there is tremendous waste in mail order. The ideas that mail order is cheaper is ludicrous! There is just too much waste.

    Steve, I do not take care of pts when mail order screws up without it costing those patients. I don’t call mail order for copies. Pt has to get new rx. And, if the patient only wants a few days supply, they pay dearly for it.

    PharmD Blogger, I agree with you that we will counsel. We will counsel because we will be forced, by the federal and state government, to counsel. And, I think you are probably right about pharmacy salaries. I expect them to come down.

    Cathy Lane…one of the biggest blunders made by the pharmacy schools, when were there, was the lack of business training. Very early in my pharmacy career, I was working for a pharmacist about 5 years older than me. He was making pretty good money at his pharmacy. But, his lack of business sense finally caused him to sell his pharmacy because he could not make money when a chain came to town. Lots of independent pharmacists would still be in business today if they had understood how to operate a business!

    Everything is not gloom and doom in pharmacy. Steve tells about a pharmacist that has his lawyer send a letter to his corporate that he was not going to break any laws and that counselings was mandatory. The chain backed off. And, as Steve says, simply firing an employee for refusing to break the law can have some bad consequences for a company. As I see it, we are gradually gaining back a bit of power. These pharmacists that are reporting all the bad stuff at some of these chains are breaking ground for us. No matter how big the company, if they break the law, then they eventually get in trouble and the ‘heads will roll at the top’. Merlo’s days are numbered. I just hope he gets to visit a nice federal prison instead of getting a golden parachute. Getting some prison time would wake up some of these other pharmacy chain CEO’s.

  25. Pharmaciststeve  •  Oct 23, 2012 @6:01 pm

    @Peon… I don’t know who have been reading my blog.. but I have been beating up on NECC & Ameridose over this sterile compounding mess.

    All three RPH’s from NECC just had their MA license REVOKED this week.

    There are attorneys that are trying to piece the corp veil and go after the corporate owner’s personal assets.

    Today it was reported that a Congressional committee is getting into the fray.

    MA is revamping it whole inspection system of larger compounding pharmacies.

    The governor has even had a press conference about this tonight…

    There were 46 other states that granted NECC mail order license and depending on the MA BOP to do adequate oversight.. which ..IMO .. they have done damage to our entire system.. that may be immeasurable.. at least in the short term.

    This could be a game changer for pharmacy and for corporations.

    After all Martha Stewart, Enron officials and some others have went to prison for corporate misdeeds… there could be hope for some of those in pharmacy’s corporate offices to share the same faith.

    for better or worse… IMO.. even the “garden variety” RPH is going to have work environment consequences – hopefully positive – over the longer term.

    If this is not like a “ice water enema” to all the BOP’s I will be surprised.

  26. Peon  •  Oct 24, 2012 @10:27 pm

    Steve, the whole NECC mess is crazy. Here is a supposedly compounding pharmacy that is shipping vials of re-mixed injectables all over the country. They were acting as if they were a mft. They had been warned about this in 2006. Another interesting thing, is why the docs bought products from them? And, why did these BOP’s grant NECC a mail order license? Who would have thought that something like this could be taking place today?
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    Could the relatives of the patients that died sue the BOP’s? Or, are the BOP’s, being a government agency, beyond the law?
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    Steve…why do you think this could be a game changer for pharmacy and corporations?
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    On a different subject, we got a call from a Wal-Mart pharmacist in Texas. He made a comment that Wal-Mart must have hired some folks from CVS, because Wal-Mart is starting all this metric crap. It is the same type crap that CVS and RiteAid has been doing for a long time. I really hate to see the crap coming to Wal-Mart. They have been a pretty good place to work for a number of years.
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    Wal-Mart just recently implemented barcode scanning for drivers license on controlled substances. But, they abruptly stopped it a couple of days ago. Anyone have any idea why?

  27. Whistleblower  •  Oct 24, 2012 @10:36 pm

    @peon… That’s funny because I know of two RPH’s from Wal-mart that were just recently hired by CVS!!! One I believe had a bunch of errors at her last location.

  28. pharmaciststeve  •  Oct 24, 2012 @11:31 pm

    @Peon.. these docs buy these drugs from places like NECC is because they can purchase products that are the same or nearly the same as commercial products for 10%-25% the cost of the commercially available product…

    These docs bill using HCPCS… whose allowables are more reflective of the commercially available products..think of it as legally billing for a brand name and dispensing a generic.. HCPCS allowables are all by generic name…

    There are law suits to pierce the corporate veil and going after the corporate owners’ private assets. There is information out there that the FDA inspected NECC in 2006 and told them to cease & desist bulk compounding.

    There was a VP/RPH for their sister company Ameridose.. that was on the MA BOP.. and the two sister companies were miles apart.

    It has come to light.. via a paper trail that there has been problems documented since 1999 – a year after they started business.

    One report claimed that NECC and their attorney convinced the MA BOP years ago.. not to turn the information over to NABP or any other entity..

    IMO .. this MA BOP has not only failed the people in MA.. but has failed the 46 other BOP’s who had granted mail order licenses… based on the presumption that the MA BOP was doing their due diligence…

    at last count.. we have 17 states involved… 300+ pts sick and 23 DEATHS..

    IMO.. this is not just sloppy oversight.. it is a BLATANT failure to do their job… everyone involved… the BOP members… the investigators… all those from the FDA that had their finger prints all over this for the past decade +.

    The FDA released a 72 page list of some 1200 odd drugs that NECC has/had compounded.. I scanned the list and found ONE that was a commercially available product – Morphine preservative free 25mg/ml.. used in implanted pain pumps ..brand name Infumorph and to the best of knowledge… it has never has a supply shortage.

    IMO.. this is a very small tip of a very large iceberg.. there is a unknown number of similar companies in this country .. that have detailmen out there calling on docs… have displays at targeted state/nat medical convention… slick brochures and websites. The facade they put forth is pretty impressive.. reality seems to a different story

    There was a report out yesterday that NECC sent out doses 11 days before the sterile report had been returned.

    IMO… the only reason that this situation garnered so much media attention.. is because a fungal meningitis is SO RARE… otherwise .. it would have probably been dismissed as the risk of having epidural injections..

    IMO.. all the shit that is coming to light over this… is going to eventually fill the normal 1200 gal septic tank… from this one entity…

    I became aware of this type of going on 8 yrs ago.. I knew it was just a matter of time before it all erupted…
    back then I filed complaints… and got blown off. By a state BOP and Medical License Board and Medicare..

    If fact the people I talked to at Medicare.. said that it was TOO COMPLEX A ISSUE for them to understand or deal with.

    You are right.. this is going to have reprecussions through out all of pharmacy… there is a saying on the hill.. “.. horror stories do not make good policy …but they do make policy…”

    This is went bureaucrats wake up and start to take action… IMO .. this is going to give traction to APHA & NABP’s push for accreditation for community pharmacy.

  29. Peon  •  Oct 25, 2012 @7:07 am

    Steve, my thanks to you for clarifying the whole compounding debacle! Yes, before this whole matter is settled, it could be a game changer. There is one thing that may shock the public and that is the complete failure of government agencies in this matter.
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    I have had a bit of experience with the FDA and it was not pleasant. I had a mother bring back a liquid rx iron preperation and it was a black jelly like glob. First, I phoned the company and their first response was to replace the product on my shelves. Not what I wanted to hear. What about all the other pharmacies in the US? I did not say anything further to them and was not about to argue with them. I phoned the FDA. I spent about 6 weeks calling the FDA…the different departments…and even being told that they had other matters that were a higher priority. The company finally recalled it. Evidently the company could not make the product properly and they must have stopped making it because I have not seen it in several years. So, I have very little confidence in the FDA. I was naive at the start. I just thought I could pick up the phone, call the FDA, and the person on the phone would say that we will get right on this.
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    The 300 pts sick and 23 deaths may only be the ‘tip of the iceberg’. Who knows how many more pts were affected before this is all over? And, just think about the ‘light’ that will be shed on these docs that have been cutting corners and putting people at risk!

  30. Carlos McClanahan  •  Oct 30, 2012 @11:16 pm

    I am a pharmacist in the aforementioned “metrics” company in the north Mississippi district under the leadership of an incompetent “DPM”, Jimmy Eddlemon. This man is blight on the profession and should be stopped somehow, some way. He hires and fires Pharmacists like day workers and never bats an eye about the long-range damage he his creating. His early career was at the Univ of MS Medical Center Hospital Pharmacy. He moved to Desoto County (North MS) to continue his work as a Hospital Pharmacist. He then left the hospital to work at Walgreens for “a couple of months” I was told. He then applied for DPS with CVS and was hired. He trained at CVS for a few weeks then became THE MAN in charge. All total, his limited practice in the retail setting as a Pharmacist was no more than 3 months (estimated). All this is current and is happening right now. He has turned the North MS CVS district into a pharmacists slaughter house. Beware of this man AND his boss because I am there and I see it day in and day out.

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