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  1. Hi everyone! I have a bachelors degree in Chemistry and more than three years experience as a pharmacy technician. I was originally going to apply to pharmacy school (hence why I started working at a retail pharmacy) but I realized that it wasn't the right profession for me. I got licensed, state certified and nationally certified. Now I'm working at a mental health facility in the pharmacy department and I like it much better. I get to communicate with the nurses and doctors over at the facility directly and we help each other with the patients (with records, insurance, getting their drugs, etc.) I know pharmacy is not direct health experience but it's helping pay the bills and my major student loans. I've been trying to find work with direct HCE but haven't had much luck trying to find something. On the side though I have shadowed doctors as well as PAs. I also did some medical assisting (although technically that wasn't the title of the position and I am not certified) at a radiation oncology office. I know everyone keeps saying EMT is a great profession and I've tried to find accelerated programs and such (just been having a hard time with money). I really wanna go back to school. I'm almost done with the pre-reqs (I have one more to go next fall) and taking the GREs this summer. I also know many doctors who can give me a good reference. Is there any advice one can give me? The PAs I've talked to graduated 5-10 years ago so I don't really know anyone who is currently at school or graduated that can share their experiences. Greatly appreciated!
  2. Is there such a thing as a Pharmacy Physician Assistant? Sounds kind of odd but I' m just wondering if there is something similar. I have worked at a hospital since I was in high school as well as working as a Pharmacy Tech. I would love to work as a Clinical Pharmacist or something similar. I am currently working towards my BSPS (Bachelors of Science in Pharmaceutical Science). I have been looking at a lot of Pharmacy Schools as well as PA schools. I come from a family with strong beliefs to not take out student loans and therefore Pharmacy School may not be a great option for me additionally I would have to dorm because the campus is far from where I live. I do not want to move away from my family. This is my personal decision, but I do want to further my education and I have been looking into a PA school nearby to me and more affordable. My plans are to graduate within a year with my BSPS and then continue as a hospital pharmacy tech, shadow PA's, and get more experience as maybe a nursing assistant then apply to PA school. What possible career options would be out there after PA school for someone with Pharmaceutical background? Also, I found this article on PPAs (Pharmacy Physician Assistants). Has anyone heard of this potentially happening? http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/content/tags/pharmacy-physician-assistant/pharmacy-physician-assistant?page=full Thanks.
  3. All - Been receiving a bunch of requests from patients for help "concentrating" or "focusing" or "remembering" stuff. They all think they have ADD/ADHD. They all think they need Adderall, Vyvanse, or Strattera. I'm not an expert in this area, so these requests are really driving me nuts. Most of these issues come from a lack of self-discipline and structure, not a chemical issue. There is no quick fix. What resources are you all using to get good at managing these people with as few meds as possible? Andrew
  4. Here is a dumb question- Has anyone had difficulty with patients filling Benzo's early?? Of course you have. Do you ever wonder why? I have been scratching my head about this for months now. Here comes the bullet- This is part of a draft of letter I want to send to the state board of Medicine about a particular pharmacy's business practices. This is a HUGE retail chain pharmacy. All 3 fills were at the SAME location. This is the text from the top of the letter: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX February 11, 2015 RE: RX# 0XXXX To Whom It May Concern: Original prescription was written on 12/22/2014 for Xanax 1.0 mg. Take 1 tab three times daily #90, DS 30 According to the PMP database, the above referenced prescription was filled on 12/22/2014 for #90, refilled on 12/30/2014 for #90 and again on 1/3/2015 for #90. This spans a 12 day period where the patient was issued #270 Xanax 1.0 mg. tablets. The prescription was filled and subsequently refilled at name of Pharmacy at Address and store # of said pharmacy. How was the pharmacy able to Re-fill a 30 day prescription after 8 days then re-fill again in 4 days? I am concerned that this puts my license at risk. The pharmacy clearly did not follow the 30 day period on this prescription putting the patient in danger of overdose. Thank you for your attention to this matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Sincerely, Me, PA-C XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Before anyone chimes in WRT the ridiculously high amount of Xanax this prescription was written for - Don't bother. This particular patient is a regular at our practice. Almost exclusively seen by 1 particular staff MD. I assure you, when I wrote this prescription I felt the pucker factor but, I was not going to reverse the treatment course that the MD was following. When I learned about the dispensed amount and dates of dispensing this medication I immediately bought it to the MD's attention. I also let the staff know I was not comfortable seeing this patient again and it was my belief that this constituted abuse. Thus violating the practice agreement. I suggested the patient be discharged from the practice. The MD was not willing to discharge this patient and agreed to exclusively see this patient. Thoughts??
  5. So im a senior at Ohio state university with a semester to go and a 2.4 gpa. my gre scores were 140 verbal and 143 quantitative. however, i have been a lead pharmacy technician at a highly recognized hospital for the past four years and was wondering my chances of getting into any pa programs. I no people are tired of answering these types of questions, but im getting panic attacks wondering. Please help! and any information on bettering my chances besides retaking classes would be helpful. im currently at the max credits for college.
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