Top Stories from Drug Topics: June 2014

July 1, 2014

We all know that electronic prescriptions solved all those script communication problems between prescribers and pharmacists, right? Well, the Cynical Pharmacist dispelled any such myths in his blog “Electronic prescriptions: Return to sender.” It was our most-read story of June.

We all know that electronic prescriptions solved all those script communication problems between prescribers and pharmacists, right? Well, the Cynical Pharmacist dispelled any such myths in his blog “Electronic prescriptions: Return to sender.” It was our most-read story of June.

Later during the month, we told you about a federal appeals court ruling affirming Walgreens’ decision to fire a pharmacist who shot at armed robbers with a legally concealed handgun. Many of you commented on our website after reading “Court upholds Walgreens’ firing of pharmacist using handgun.

Rounding out our top 5 stories of the month were opinion pieces on three different topics. In his blog, Robert L. Mabee, RPh, JD, MBA, argued that the acceptance and increased use of pharmacy physician assistants is overdue. “The Pharmacy Physician Assistant” was our third most-read story of the month.

The use of medical marijuana to ease an assortment of ills may be all the rage across the country. However, in his blog “Smoked marijuana is not good medicine,” Larry LaBenne, PharmD, outlined research that demonstrates that the risks associated with smoking marijuana far outweigh any potential medical benefits.

And Kimberly A. Ankenbruck, RPh, discussed some of the ethical challenges pharmacists face in “The good, the bad, and the gray areas: Where are your ethics?”  

 

Our other most-read stories of the month were:

The dream of pharmacy ownership

Pharmacist dispensed M&Ms instead of pain pills

Four prescriptions for successful pharmacy practice

DQSA: New regs give FDA broader powers over compounding

E-Prescribing: The end of prescription errors? Hardly