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US drugstores squeezed by vaccine demand, staff shortages
pharmacists worry another job might soon be added to their to-do list: If regulators approve antiviral pills from drugmakers Merck and Pfizer to treat COVID-19, pharmacists may be able to diagnose infections and then prescribe pills to customers
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On top of that workload and [filling] routine prescriptions, many drugstores also have been asking pharmacists to ["]counsel["] patients more generally on their health Rx dosage and adverse indications or about [medical insurance plan pricing of brand name and generic drugs for] chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.
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[proprietor pharmacist Theresa] Tolle noted that it is not clear yet how pharmacists will be reimbursed for the time they take to diagnose and prescribe. That will have to be clarified, especially if cases surge again and drugstores need to add even more ["]workers["] to help [do WHAT?].
David Brailer's "consumer-patient" complaints
Sherri Brown, a city employee in Omaha, Nebraska, was searching for a vaccine booster dose, but two nearby pharmacies didn't have appointments available and a third didn't have the brand she wanted. She wound up getting a shot at a county-run clinic on Friday.
This is a marketing plan that will not end well, if it even launches this decade, and not only because Mr Murphy hasn't synthesized his own reporting: CVS Health to close hundreds of drugstores over next 3 years
archived Mon Aug 21st, 2006
by Cat on Sun Dec 5th, 2021 at 03:07:50 AM EST
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