Clearly, this writer is not a pharmacist. He is angry. He insults pharmacists, as a group. His language is over-the-top and he is assured of two things. He will piss pharmacists off and he takes a chance of being completely disregarded.
But, you know what? He is right down the line on target. When I was walking Buddy this morning, I was playing with ideas on how to approach the differentiation between ROBO-DISPENSERS and PHARMACISTS. You know the difference. What I want to explore is WHY this has happened and WHO BENEFITS.
The chain, big box and grocery store retailers do NOT NEED pharmacists. They do not want an R.Ph. to leave the prescription mill to counsel on OTC choices. They do nothing to support RPHs in complying with federal and state law. All they want is for you to keep your nose in the Prescription Mill, making the numbers, happifying the MBA Masters of the Universe. You all know EXACTLY what has been happening for the last decade.
The WHY is money. Of course. It always is. The HOW is much more complex. It took collusion, I think. The word is defined: Secret cooperation between people in order to do something illegal or underhanded . Can we hope for a whistle-blower? Collusion between the Retailers, ACPE, NABP, the Boards and possibly the schools. Maybe not U.C. San Francisco because the traditional schools will always train PHARMACISTS. The new schools aren’t in the business to educate pharmacists. They are invested in creating people capable of working in a dispensary. Can you imagine a grand conspiracy to transform the face of American pharmacy? I can because I know what we have been getting. I worked for awhile with a young woman who was educated at a new school. She was a sponge and eagerly listened to anything I would share.
Is Jay Pee blowing smoke here, drinking the Kool Aid? Do we have any chance of stopping this when Big Evil and Big Stupid and possibly Big Question are getting rid of veteran pharmacists and replacing them with lower-wage Robo-Dispensers? The following is a comment from a critic who is a patient with a good, critical eye.
My holy god you people are a bunch of whiny faggots. Some of you write comments and can’t distinguish properly between THERE, THEIR, and THEY’RE… but you want to go on and on about how I should let YOU compound some bullshit medicine for me and how fucking lovely that really is and yes, you should make TEN ZILLION dollars per hour and NOT be exempt.
Puh-leeze… If you guys had any integrity, you would INSIST that they take that AIRBORNE crap off the shelves, as well as anything labeled “HOMEOPATHIC”… you and I know that the number 1 requirement for anything to be labeled “homeopathic” is that it not contain any active ingredients. Occilloscululanimousucum? Duck Liver extract to cure the common cold? In a 1 x 10^-30 dilution such that there is perhaps 1 molecule of “duck liver shit” in the bottle? REALLY? Go take your indignation and stick it where the sun don’t shine.
I’ve asked pharmacists about these nail fungus products that are all clearly labeled “will not cure nail fungus” on the back and “For Nail Fungus” on the front, and what do I get??? HUH? DUH??? what was that you said? No, not just one pharmacist… just about every one I have asked has said the same thing.
Your rant is just coming from a pissed off place because, in reality, you HAVE been replaced by a pill-counting and dispensing machine. You don’t pilfer the “occasional lorazepam” if you are a machine, I would suspect. So, speaking of which, doesn’t that make you a shit sucking unethical pillpopping leach? Why U No go See doctor? You too full of self, that why!! You smarter than doctor, of course.
And what’s this BS about pharmacists not being taught the study of making drugs from native plants and what not? WHY THE FUCK do I want you to know that? You are not a pharma! I have enough liver damage from all that stupid “Traditional” chinese medicine, based all on a bullshit theory of the body involving humor inbalance in the chi energies. Sounds a lot like sanguinicity and melancholy… sound familiar?
You make me sick.