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Re: the death of the independent pharmacy

Posted by Abby on December 22, 1999, at 21:45:43

In reply to Re: How well informed do you think your pharmacist is?, posted by S. Suggs on December 22, 1999, at 5:22:38

> The good old days are passing by. On average, most pharmacist work in chain drug stores, ie wal-mart, CVS. They have a quota of rx's to fill daily, odd since they cannot stand on the street and wave in the traffic. The independent pharmacist are becomming a thing of the past. They (and some chain pharmacist still do) provided more time with the customer, not only with the meds, but asking how the family is doing etc... The chains are so aggressive (pricing,usually) that it has forced many independents out of business. For ex. a CVS will pop up across the street from a very successful independent store for 30-40 years and shortly thereafter with much success, buy the store (customer list) out. Sad situ. Sorry to ramble, Blessings,
> S. Suggs

How funny that you say this, because I've generally found most
independents cheaper. I'm not sure what pharmacist training requires,
but you do need to be liocensed in something.

I've had prescriptions filled in the UK, and they're pretty careful over
there. Boots particularly has a tendency to behave as though it were a
a quasi-governmental organization. Sometimes I find this annoying,
because I usually know more about the drug than the pharmacist does.
There everything, including advil and tylenol, somes in little sealed
packets like cold medicine. So, all the pharmacist does is print a
label w the Dr.'s name and dosage etc.

I said something to my father once about how in the U.S. they have to
transfer pills from a large bottle; he said that they don't, because for
one medication he had specifically requested the original packaging.
Basically they come in bottles, like the ones for samples, already
prepackaged. The pharmacist then switches it to those orange bottles
with the pharmacist's cap. It's just busy-work. It shouldn't ever take
them longer than 10 minutes.





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