The best answer I can give you about TPA

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This is the best answer I can give you to your question: What can I do?

First go to: www.thepharmacyalliance.com and join up.

Make your first stab at being an active member by writing a letter outlining the conditions you work under.  Describe, in detail, one of the conditions that puts the patient in jeopardy.  I like the consistent 14 hour days.  How the fuck can you be alert and fully competent at hour 12 of a 14 hour day?  When you do three 14 hour shifts a week?  For some of you, that is a good one to hang your hat on.  For women, especially, you become dangerous when you do not eat or hydrate properly.  I do not know why so many women are hypoglycemic when men can abuse themselves terribly and not suffer.  Make the #1, detailed point of your letter how you are compromised simply because your drug store company does not allow you to frikkin eat a meal in peace and quiet.  I mean just 15 minutes.   Are your patients in jeopardy when you experience vertigo?  I do not know what you experience when you are hypoglycemic, but you do.

It is important that your slant is that the patient is in danger because of your working conditions.  Your discomfort does not matter. Nobody gives a shit about you.

If you have an example of an error made and you can tie it to your working conditions, that is the key to the kingdom.  Write it out.  Don’t worry.  Nobody is going to cuff you and read you your rights.

The stated mission of TPA is to return dignity, self-respect and integrity to the job of working as a pharmacist or a technician.  TPA’s principal project right now is to positively affect working conditions by bringing light to the dark places.

Your contribution is not difficult or time-consuming.  All you have to do is tell the truth.

Send your letter to your state board, the editor of your local newspaper, TV news departments, even talk radio.  If you can send it directly to an investigative reporter you will have hit the mother lode.  Publicity!  Steve. Peon, anybody else who should get a copy?

Send a copy of your letter to Pharmacy Steve.  Steve Ariens is the National Public Relations Director of The Pharmacy Alliance.  Here is his stuff.

Steve Ariens  steve@steveariens.com

Hey Steve, I do not have your USPS mailing address.  Can you include it in a comment and I will put it here if that’s okay.   I think it would be valuable for you to get old-fashioned letters.  What do you think?

This post is in response to letters that said, “Okay, you are right.  I have been sitting on my ass being a victim.  I am ready to go.  What can I do?”

Let’s go, you guys.  You are the studs in this industry whether you know it or not.  There is no industry without you.  That Rite-Aid on Maple Street is just a pathetic variety store without you.  What is it about that kind of power that you can’t seem to understand.   CVS wants you to stay ignorant.

Tell us what you are going to do.

From Pharmacist Steve

my mailing address is 2241 State St PMB 137 New Albany, IN 47150.

Although… scanning the letter and attaching it to a email.. I can print it out .. just as if I got it by snail mail.

If we could just get one person in each state to review the BOP’s meeting minutes and the quarterly newsletter that most states send out… and point out anything of significant..

We recently found by accident.. where the PA BOP had fined a chain store a fair sum.. for some infraction.

If you don’t want to send something to a newspaper/TV… I can do it as a press release under the TPA to your area.. without your name on it…

Send a copy of what you sent the BOP directly to the BOP inspector for your area/store… could increase the possibility of it being shared with all the inspectors in the state

JP – how about compiling them on the TPA website or I can get a new website to compiling them on or compiling them on the TPA’s Facebook page or on Pharmacy Roulette Facebook page. Of course,individual names will be keep off the website.

I could get emails/faxes for TV/newspaper in major markets and send out a quarterly press release… high lighting the most egregious issues and suggesting they reference the webpage where all the issues are compiled. If members are able to develop a relationship with a investigator reporter in a particular market.. I could include those in the quarterly press release… Likewise.. develop a list of attorney firms that are taking a interest in pharmacy mistakes to be added to the quarterly list.

Once the email/fax list is developed.. sending out the quarterly press release .. could be rather straight forward.

We need more attention on our website.  Perhaps compiling there would help.  We have neglected it.  However, we do have a member volunteer to manage the website.  That will help.  I need to check with the web designer.  The old password does not work.  Patience, you guys.  We are the inscrutable pharmacists.

 

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Pharmaciststeve  •  Feb 12, 2013 @8:03 pm

    my mailing address is 2241 State St PMB 137 New Albany, IN 47150.

    Although… scanning the letter and attaching it to a email.. I can print it out .. just as if I got it by snail mail.

    If we could just get one person in each state to review the BOP’s meeting minutes and the quarterly newsletter that most states send out… and point out anything of significant..

    We recently found by accident.. where the PA BOP had fined a chain store a fair sum.. for some infraction.

    If you don’t want to send something to a newspaper/TV… I can do it as a press release under the TPA to your area.. without your name on it…

  2. Pharmaciststeve  •  Feb 13, 2013 @5:26 am

    I am just thinking out loud…

    send a copy of what you sent the BOP directly to the BOP inspector for your area/store… could increase the possibility of it being shared with all the inspectors in the state

    JP – how about compiling them on the TPA website or I can get a new website to compiling them on or compiling them on the TPA’s Facebook page or on Pharmacy Roulette Facebook page. Of course,individual names will be keep off the website.

    I could get emails/faxes for TV/newspaper in major markets and send out a quarterly press release… high lighting the most egregious issues and suggesting they reference the webpage where all the issues are compiled. If members are able to develop a relationship with a investigator reporter in a particular market.. I could include those in the quarterly press release… Likewise.. develop a list of attorney firms that are taking a interest in pharmacy mistakes to be added to the quarterly list.

    Once the email/fax list is developed.. sending out the quarterly press release .. could be rather straight forward.

  3. the truth  •  Feb 13, 2013 @10:36 am

    PA BOP from what I am hearing is kind of like the meter maids in Philly(ever watch parking wars?). It’s all about the fines now. Stores are being fined for being dirty. Short dated rxs in will call is another big chance for a fine. Nevermind the numerous legal violations that go on everyday in the stores (misbranding-remember a few years ago that was the big thing to get caught on?), and misfills. No offense to the BOP in PA. But I wish they would seriously crack down on the true offenders and the people that give them the okay to break the law. Misfills are not being reported to BOP but rather used as leverage by the store against the rph. Rack up a certain number in a year and you are gone or made to quit.

  4. Unemployed  •  Feb 13, 2013 @6:12 pm

    Recently wrote to the BOP and got a telling email back. Basically telling me, the PA BOP has no authority to do much of anything unless it is specified in Pharmacy Act Section 6(k)and that “The Board has no involvement in employer-employee relations nor does the Board have the authority to oversee employment practices by private companies.” So in other words, they couldn’t careless what happens out here in the word of pharmacy.

  5. broncofan7  •  Feb 13, 2013 @7:51 pm

    what is the address of the TPA FB page? thanks!

  6. pharmaciststeve  •  Feb 13, 2013 @8:10 pm
  7. Robot PharmD  •  Feb 15, 2013 @2:08 pm

    The TPA paypal link does not work right. Where should I send money to through paypal so i can join TPA?

  8. pharmaciststeve  •  Feb 15, 2013 @8:27 pm

    @Robot send a email to JP directly jpgakis@gmail.com
    to make sure that he doesn’t miss your question

  9. unhappy pharmacist  •  Feb 20, 2013 @11:57 am

    @unemployed Got the same response from CT pharmacy BOP. They are out to help the consumer, not us.
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    So, help yourselves by helping the consumer. Your working conditions endanger the consumer.. period! Jay Pee

  10. Pharmaciststeve  •  Feb 20, 2013 @1:55 pm

    If you reach any practice act the primary charge of the BOP is to protect the health/safety of the public..

    If a RPH is “impaired” by the use of meds or alcohol.. then the board will step in..

    If a RPh is “impaired” by low blood sugar- for no meal breaks, lack of sleep – working 14 hr/day in a row, a female getting a urinary infection for holding it all day – because can’t take a restroom break.. and dozens of other things that could be the genesis of a med error..

    The BOP will not get involved.. of course 75% of the BOPs have chain exec sitting on them…

    I think that the larger issue is that NC did change their practice act.. and NACDS took them to court.. the BOP won.. cost them tons of money.. and now some 10 yrs later.. they are not enforcing the changes that they fought so hard to implement… even when RPH’s file complaints with the BOP.

    If you read all the BOP’s minutes… the vast majority of their actions has to do with acttion against licenses for unprofessional conduct, theft and drug diversion..

    Here is a article http://www.kmov.com/news/investigates/Prescription-Problem-leads-to-lawsuit-against-Walgreens-131007603.html

    where the BOP investigate only 74 misfills in 2010.. using their population and estimates of industry misfills.. the estimated misfills would be in the 30 K range in the state in 2010.

    Does this mean that the RPHs in this state make many less misfills than the rest of the country?

    Does this mean that 99% of the misfills were not reported?

    The system we have in place – practice act – is overseen & enforced by the same people that create the same work environment that is causing the med errors…but both as a BOP member and a corporate exec.. they are exempt from being sued.. for their actions are lack of actions

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