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Sorry to go to from funny to serious in one post. But, Jesus fuck, this is outrageous.

Via NY1:

On top of demanding answers about that particular case, City Council members were looking for more general accountability from the ME following revelations the office mishandled DNA evidence in over 50 rape cases.

This is on top of the picture scandal in the Bronx over a dead body hanging out in a health department truck with household trash bags.

Demand transparency from your state. Demand transparency from your health care professionals.

I’ve spent too much time working in healthcare to know that providers who make mistakes are often not above covering their own tracks.

Sigh.

Categories: Health Care, New York City Tags: bronx, health, health care, medical, new york city, NY, NYC, rape

Back before my fake freelance writing gig fell through, I tried to maneuver into a niche as a healthcare writer.

One of the articles-for-moms I wrote was about how pharmacists are vastly underutilized as health care providers.  (Tl;dr-Lifehacker edition: If you have a medical question or want a second opinion on meds, you should just go up to the counter at a store pharmacy and ask. Pharmacists have 7 years of medical education and they’re free.)

I found a TedxTalk by a pharmacist that addresses this exact underutilization issue:

Pretty good, although dry to watch if you’re not also a provider.

Pharmacists are important because doctors make mistakes. Doctors make prescribing mistakes at alarmingly high rates. If patients asked more questions and pharmacists spent more time on each individual, it would probably save a lot of lives.

One of the aspects of the profession I noted that the lecturer didn’t address is that the way corporations run retail pharmacies makes the kind of access he idealizes impossible. With immunizations and peripheral paperwork, pharmacists simply don’t have the man-hours to counsel every new patient. Any intern who has done a rotation at a high-volume chain knows this already. But I guess the Talk was already too long to go into a tangent about how for-profit-healthcare is fucking awful.

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Footnote on my ventures in my fake freelance writing career:  I was interviewed a few months ago by a health care education group for their company’s blog. They wanted my “expert” opinion on formal education and training for pharmacy technicians.

My answer was, “Don’t go to school because you will be automatically less hireable than precocious college kids willing to work for near-minimum wage.”

They thanked me and then totally did not publish the interview.

Categories: Health Care Tags: health, health care, medication, pharmacists, pharmacy, r/pharmacy, ted talk, tedxtalk, timothy ulbrich

Webcomic Wednesday, 45 minutes late for me. But still on time on the West Coast.

I work in a pharmacy.

I got my flu shot today. My arm is a little sore. My boss thought it was awesome that I didn’t wince and fist bumped me after it was done.

Some people claim they get sick after the shot, but these people are crazy and don’t understand how inactivated viruses work. Science is pretty.

Categories: Health Care, Webcomic Wednesday, What The Fuck Wednesday Tags: comic, flu season, flu vaccine, funny, immunization, medical jokes, pharmacy

I just dropped $70 to the state to renew my license so this better be worth it.

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Six Things You Didn’t Know About Your Local Pharmacy

From a board-certified and licensed pharmacy technician, here are tips and tricks to getting the most out of your local retail pharmacy:

Most people know that they can ask if they have quetsions about their prescriptions, but most pharmacists are also happy to answer questions about products sold in the store. Having been to school to four to seven years for a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, they are qualified to answer your questions about common ailments and personal medical needs.

Confused about different types of cold and flu products? Need advice about Advil versus Tylenol? Need help in treating poison ivy or picking out a knee brace? Just stop at the pharmacist counter and ask to speak to the pharmacist.

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3. You Can Get Certain Immunizations Right There

Depending on the state, pharmacies will often offer simple shots for common ailments including Influenza (they reformulate for new strains annually), MMR, Tetanus, and Shingles. The pharmacists receive extra training for immunizations and are certified for sterilization and intravenous techniques by the state. Although often covered by insurance, the flu vaccine, for example, only costs about $30 out-of-pocket.

I also included info on discount programs and how to write prescriptions off as health care expenses on your taxes.  Click the link to read the rest!

Read more at Suite101: Six Things You Didn’t Know About Your Local Pharmacy Suite101.com http://suite101.com/article/six-things-you-didnt-know-about-your-local-pharmacy-a410208#ixzz21YmXZEHW

Share with your mom! Moms and aunts love this sort of article!

Categories: Health Care Tags: CPhT, discount programs, drugs, flu shot, health care expenses, medication, pharmacy, pharmacy technician, prescriptions, rx, save money