The Weekly Roundup: American Pharmacists Month (10.26.18)

October 27, 2018 | Pamela Youngberg Dickson

As we near the end of American Pharmacists Month (did you #thankapharmacist yet?), it’s not too far out on a limb to suggest that most pharmacists went into the profession because they care about their patients. Granted, we all have to pay the electric bill, and pharmacy is still a good bet for that. But the burnout is also high. It’s challenging to make time to consult with patients—for all pharmacists—even acknowledging that highly personal care is one of the critical points of differentiation between independents and big box stores. 

Incoming American Pharmacists Association president, Michael Hogue, told Drug Store News this week that he is "extremely hopeful about the future of pharmacy…but first we have to help lift up our colleagues and move through a difficult period.” Here’s an idea: go fishing. Check out this piece—light on pharmacy but heavy on mental health—that makes for a nice weekend read. On that note (and just in time for the holidays), these tips on stress management are available for you to use with your patients, but as the Greek chorus originally berated Prometheus: physician, heal thyself. 

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The Weekly Roundup: Data-Driven Care (10.18.18)

October 19, 2018 | Pamela Youngberg Dickson

Last month, the FDA green-lighted the EKG app, slated for release with the Apple Watch Series 4. The watch has a fall detector that alerts emergency services if the user falls and does not respond to a pop-up alert within one minute. The new technology may represent patient-centric (and patient-specific) medicine at its best. At a conference earlier this year, I listened as a proponent of digital and bio-digital health products relayed an anecdote about a patient diagnosing himself while waiting for emergency responders to arrive. In the mostly healthcare-provider audience, the story earned a couple of harrumphs and then uncomfortable silence. 

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