Pharmacist – Scuba Dive Talks http://scubadivetalks.com/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 21:29:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://scubadivetalks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/scuba.png Pharmacist – Scuba Dive Talks http://scubadivetalks.com/ 32 32 Irricana pharmacist suspended and faces $40,000 fine due to ‘unprofessional’ record keeping practices https://scubadivetalks.com/irricana-pharmacist-suspended-and-faces-40000-fine-due-to-unprofessional-record-keeping-practices/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 21:29:00 +0000 https://scubadivetalks.com/irricana-pharmacist-suspended-and-faces-40000-fine-due-to-unprofessional-record-keeping-practices/ Irricana Remedy’s RX pharmacist, Anamaria Muresan, has been suspended for four months and forced to pay $40,000 in fines, after an Alberta College of Pharmacy (ACP) court hearing found her guilty of unprofessional conduct related to unethical behavior. Irricana pharmacist Anamaria Muresan has been suspended for four months and forced to pay more than $40,000 […]]]>

Irricana Remedy’s RX pharmacist, Anamaria Muresan, has been suspended for four months and forced to pay $40,000 in fines, after an Alberta College of Pharmacy (ACP) court hearing found her guilty of unprofessional conduct related to unethical behavior.

Irricana pharmacist Anamaria Muresan has been suspended for four months and forced to pay more than $40,000 in fines, after an Alberta College of Pharmacy (ACP) court hearing found her guilty of unprofessional conduct related to its record keeping practices.

According to a January 13 CPA press release, Muresan was accused of record-keeping deficiencies, after complaints were issued by a third-party insurer about missing supplier bills from her business, Remedy’s RX Pharmacy. in Irricana.

A quasi-judicial hearing tribunal found in October 2021 that Muresan “failed to ensure that its pharmacy had an effective record-keeping system” and also failed to maintain required pharmacy records and exact. The Hearing Tribunal’s verdict – delivered November 30, 2021 – and an Agreed Statement of Facts are described in a 20-page report published on the ACP website.

“The regulatory framework that governs pharmacists makes it clear that record keeping is central to the role of pharmacists and licensees,” reads the rationale for the CPA’s decision.

“Pharmacists are responsible for informing themselves of regulatory requirements. Failure to comply with record-keeping requirements is of serious concern, as it can negatively impact public confidence in pharmacists’ ability to provide services in a professional manner.

Following the verdict of the court hearing, the CPA ordered a series of sanctions against Muresan, including a four-month suspension, with one month to be served in April and the remaining three suspended for three years.

She also faces fines of $40,000 and must provide a copy of the written decision to the employer or licensee of any company where she works as a pharmacist for three years.

The pharmacist will also have to pay 80% of the total costs of the investigation against her, according to the CPA press release, which amounts to approximately $22,000.

As for what led to the penalties, the 20-page report says Muresan submitted nearly $34,000 for the protein drinks Ensure, Ensure Plus, Glucerna and Ensure High Protein to Alberta Blue Cross, but did not was able to provide the supporting vendor invoices required for the claims.

She would also have submitted claims for more than one pharmacy service per patient per day, absent the exclusion – a violation of her agreement with Alberta Blue Cross and Alberta Health Minister’s Order. , according to the CPA.

The CPA report also says Muresan failed to take appropriate steps to provide required records to Alberta Blue Cross when the pharmacy underwent a compliance audit review in 2019.

CPA Registrar Greg Eberhart said the level of allegations against Muresan was serious enough to warrant an investigation by the regulator’s complaints director, leading to the need for a court hearing in the fall. last.

“It is certainly part of our role as regulators to respond to complaints that may come from the public or from organisations,” he said. “We take responsibility very seriously. In this case, due to its importance, it resulted in a suspension as well as fines, so we have shared this with the public so that they are aware of our commitment to the public and working in their best interest.

Reached for comment on Jan. 14, Muresan said the sanctions provided a learning opportunity. She added that the lesson will adjust the way she does her job, but stressed that her focus has always been and will continue to be her customers.

“It’s really hard for me to say that, because I’m not a lawyer, and obviously it was the first time it had happened,” she said.

Despite the negative outcome of her court hearing, Muresan said she was touched by the uplifting messages she received from some of her clients since the news of her punishment broke.

“It was amazing to see the support from all of my clients,” she said. “I have been overwhelmed with the care, love and prayers of clients who I may have done one thing for over the past five years.”

Eberhart noted that Muresan cooperated with the investigation throughout the investigation and expressed remorse about his alleged misconduct.

“To be fair to the registrant, prior to appearing in court, she was very cooperative and worked with college legal counsel and her own legal counsel to agree to an agreed statement of facts,” said he declared. “I would say that she observed and admitted that the allegations were considered unethical, unprofessional and therefore inappropriate.”

That being said, Eberhart added that negligence or ignorance does not excuse misconduct.

“There were certain issues in the allegations of which she indicated she was unaware, although she had a professional responsibility in her role as owner, proprietor, licensee and pharmacist of this pharmacy to be aware of its responsibilities, with regard to the contracts it enters into,” he said.

“She recognized them, and they were certainly discussed contextually on the panel, and taken as serious.”

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Philippine Society of Hospital Pharmacists and Sandoz Host First Pharmacist Antimicrobial Stewardship Summit https://scubadivetalks.com/philippine-society-of-hospital-pharmacists-and-sandoz-host-first-pharmacist-antimicrobial-stewardship-summit/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 07:10:00 +0000 https://scubadivetalks.com/philippine-society-of-hospital-pharmacists-and-sandoz-host-first-pharmacist-antimicrobial-stewardship-summit/ Infections caused by bacteria can be treated with antibiotics. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns of a global threat called antimicrobial resistance (AMR). (1) Bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites (germs) that have not responded to antibiotics are now more difficult to treat, increasing the risk of disease spread, serious illness and even death. To […]]]>

Infections caused by bacteria can be treated with antibiotics. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns of a global threat called antimicrobial resistance (AMR). (1) Bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites (germs) that have not responded to antibiotics are now more difficult to treat, increasing the risk of disease spread, serious illness and even death. To highlight the important role of pharmacists in the fight against this threat, the Philippine Society of Hospital Pharmacists in partnership with Sandoz, through its Medix platform, organized the 1st Pharmacist Antimicrobial Stewardship Summit on December 5, 2021. The goal of antimicrobial stewardship is to increase the effectiveness of antimicrobial drugs (including antibiotics), improve patient outcomes, and reduce the level of microbial resistance.

In 2015, the WHO declared that antimicrobial resistance is a global threat and a threat to development and is one of the top 10 global public health threats facing humanity. This requires urgent multisectoral action in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

By 2050, up to 10 million people could die each year from AMR if no immediate and effective action is taken, according to The pharmaceutical industry and global health: facts and figures 2021. (2)

In her opening address, Ms. Christina Liza Sta. Maria, President of the Philippine Society of Hospital Pharmacists, said, “As pharmacists, we are an integral part of this stewardship program. We have a vital role to play in preserving the weaponry used in antimicrobial therapy and, therefore, improving patient outcomes. We support antimicrobial resistance advocacy. In our quest for better health systems, may this summit strengthen our resolve to be at the forefront of the appropriate use of antimicrobials.

For his part, Mr. Anthony Aldrin Santiago, Head of PRC Pharmacy Board, applauded the initiative to hold the first AMS Summit and encouraged pharmacists to be proactive in the fight against antimicrobial resistance. “Raise everything in awareness. Pero hindi lang dapat can alam; dapat can pakialam. Can address the RAM problem with the same solution – antimicrobial management. Sa ating mga pharmacists, maging steward of medicaments. (It all starts with awareness. But it doesn’t stop there. We need to be aware. We need to act. There is great hope for solving the problem of antimicrobial resistance and we know the solution: responsible antimicrobial stewardship. To all our pharmacists, become the medication steward.)

Initiatives to support AMS

According to Dr. Regina Berba, Chair of the DOH AMS Steering Committee, AMS is the commitment to always use antibiotics appropriately and safely, to choose the right antibiotics, and to administer them in the right way in all cases.

WHO and DOH have launched initiatives to support the fight against AMR. Ms. Carmela Barcelona, ​​WHO Technical Assistant in the Philippines, shared three WHO-led initiatives.

The WHO AWaRe 2019 classification database was developed on the recommendation of the WHO Expert Committee on Selection and Use of Essential Medicines. It includes details of 180 antibiotics categorized as access, surveillance or reserve, their pharmacological classes, anatomical therapeutic chemical (ATC) codes and WHO Essential Medicines List status. It is intended to be used as an interactive tool for countries to better support surveillance and optimal use of antibiotics.

WHO has launched the Global Antimicrobial Resistance and Use Surveillance System (GLASS), the first global collaborative effort to standardize antimicrobial resistance surveillance. GLASS was created to support the second goal of the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance initiative to “strengthen knowledge through surveillance and research” and continue to fill knowledge gaps, in the purpose of informing strategies at all levels.

In 2020, Ms. Barcelona led the AMS Program Rapid Assessment pilot test for Tier 1-3 hospitals nationwide. The study identified the strengths and gaps of AMS programs implemented in Philippine hospitals from 2015 to 2019.

“The fight against AMR is a shared responsibility. Everyone has a role to play. We pharmacists have a very important role in the fight against antimicrobial resistance and in particular through antimicrobial stewardship. I urge everyone to be stewards of the future. Please stop the misuse and overuse of antibiotics. Join the AMR movement,” noted Ms. Barcelona.

Following the launch of the WHO Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance, the DOH rolled out the program locally. Dr. Berba shared the programs initiated by the DOH – the National Antibiotic Guidelines, the Philippine Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance, the AMS Procedures Manual in Hospitals and the Procedures Manual for AMS in primary health care.

With the threat of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Berba also noted that the DOH AMS Steering Committee has calibrated the AMS program to adapt to new challenges and maximize opportunities to engage and mobilize people. pharmacists and AMS partners across the country.

“AMR is an urgent and serious global problem. AMS is the only health solution. We all need to be part of the fight against antimicrobial resistance. Together we must succeed and we will succeed. Together we must succeed and we will succeed even with COVID.19,” said Dr Berba.

Sandoz Pharmacist Antimicrobial Stewardship Summit

AMS on the ground

As stewards of antimicrobials, pharmacists have a critical role in monitoring, optimizing drug therapy, tracking and adhering to common pathways guidance, and training through public engagement. To fulfill their roles as AMS in the field, they use two intervention strategies: restrictive and persuasive. Through these strategies, they aim to preserve and ensure the optimal use of antimicrobials and to optimize patient clinical outcomes.

Ms. Sheryll Ann Limson, Executive Vice President of the Philippine Society of Hospital Pharmacist, explained that restrictive strategies aim to control the use of antimicrobials by creating “barriers” to the prescription of certain antimicrobials, the administration of certain antimicrobials or after some time. Within the framework of restrictive strategies, pharmacists implement the restriction and prior authorization of the form and 7and automatic day off for antimicrobial use.

“We need to participate in our AMS program in our hospitals, especially if we are a hospital pharmacist. If not, we can still be involved in AMS programs while doing our part to prevent AMR,” Limson encouraged fellow pharmacists.

Meanwhile, Ms. Maria Katrina Rayos, Pharmacist The Medical City AMS pointed out that

persuasive strategies aim to persuade healthcare professionals to prescribe appropriately by addressing underlying gaps in knowledge, attitudes and/or behavior through active interaction and discussion. As part of persuasive strategies, pharmacists use audit and feedback, as well as point-of-care intervention.

“Take small steps. Constant communication is important to help our patients understand us and we understand them,” Rayos noted.

There is no one way to troubleshoot RAM. In her closing remarks, Dr. Mary Ann Evangelista, Head of Medical Affairs, Patient Access and Public Affairs, Sandoz Philippines, noted: “As a leading global provider of generic antibiotics, Sandoz Philippines is committed to improving global access to medicines and we are also committed to ensuring the responsible use of medicines. Managing AMR and supporting AMS is a collaborative effort between all of us, healthcare workers, patients and the community at large. We are all on deck in the face of this global threat. There is no quick fix for this. All our efforts count.

The Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (AMS) is a concerted effort to improve the appropriate use of antimicrobials in public and private hospitals in the Philippines, across a wide range of disciplines.

Visit the Interagency Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance (https://icamr.doh.gov.ph/) to learn more about the AMS program in the Philippines.

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Pharmacies overwhelmed after new medical marijuana law https://scubadivetalks.com/pharmacies-overwhelmed-after-new-medical-marijuana-law/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 04:32:00 +0000 https://scubadivetalks.com/pharmacies-overwhelmed-after-new-medical-marijuana-law/ Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) – The new law legalizing medical marijuana for smoking in Louisiana is receiving a lot of attention. Last week we spoke to law enforcement about their concerns, but now we’re hearing from vendors saying there are more customers than there are products. “People are excited. We’re trying to get through the […]]]>

Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) – The new law legalizing medical marijuana for smoking in Louisiana is receiving a lot of attention. Last week we spoke to law enforcement about their concerns, but now we’re hearing from vendors saying there are more customers than there are products.

“People are excited. We’re trying to get through the rush right now. It’s a good change for the whole program, ”said James Thibodeaux, pharmacist / director of Medicis.

The flower or ‘smoking’ form of medical marijuana became legal in the state on January 1, and Medicis staff said they were so overwhelmed with orders in the first week that they were temporarily suspended. new orders.

“Everyone expected to receive their products on day one, but we got through that rush. We also learn as we go because everything is so new, from producers to pharmacies – the whole process is new, so we have to do a lot of things behind the scenes just to get there, ”Thibodeaux said.

Now they are back in control, after a while to catch up.

This can be done through their website with a doctor’s recommendation or through state telemedicine sites like Teleleaf. Gary Hess, the CEO of Teleleaf, says he acts as a “gatekeeper” and patients can then go to a pharmacist to get the actual product.

“Then they’re going to meet with a licensed pharmacist at the nine pharmacies in Louisiana, and then they sit down and take their first intake, and then we’ll find the products that work best for them. “

Patients can also choose to go directly to the pharmacy for a referral and prescription.

“If you are not comfortable with this, this is what it takes to have a pharmacist and pharmacy technicians in the building to explain your medication, exactly how to adjust your dosage to your specific needs,” said declared Thibodeaux.

The pharmacist of Medicis, James Thibodeaux, assures that it will not be a long delay.

“It’s just about getting through the growing difficulties of a new program and all the restrictions and testing, which is good for making sure you get a good product tested. But once we get over that, I think it will be a lot easier for patients, ”Thibodeaux said.

Medicis owner John Condos agrees security will be worth the wait.

“It is not safe to buy drugs on the street. So when you come to Medicis, you get something that’s medical marijuana, you know what you’re buying, ”Condos said.

Thibodeaux says they are trying to keep the limit lower than the state’s requirement, to make sure there is enough for those who need it.

He adds that in the coming months, new varieties of the flower will also be available. He also says that as they get more produce, they will be able to lower the price of the flower.

At this point, Lake Charles has the lowest flower price in the state.

They will also offer deliveries of the flower in the coming months, to those in the state who do not live near a pharmacy.

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Pharmacists are also facing pandemic burnout https://scubadivetalks.com/pharmacists-are-also-facing-pandemic-burnout/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 00:33:52 +0000 https://scubadivetalks.com/pharmacists-are-also-facing-pandemic-burnout/ Everyone knows doctors and nurses are exhausted by COVID-19, facing staff shortages, full emergency rooms and COVID exposures – but a group of healthcare workers have been overlooked and faces its own set of challenges related to COVID: pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. “Most pharmacists who have been in the business for a while tell students […]]]>

Everyone knows doctors and nurses are exhausted by COVID-19, facing staff shortages, full emergency rooms and COVID exposures – but a group of healthcare workers have been overlooked and faces its own set of challenges related to COVID: pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

“Most pharmacists who have been in the business for a while tell students ‘quit, don’t go to pharmacy school, do something else, anything else,'” a clinical pharmacist said. in Boston. “I hope people who go to pharmacy school do it because they really have a passion for it and will fight for it and don’t want to do anything else with their life.”

The pharmacist, who asked to remain anonymous for job security, said she faced challenges unique to the COVID era, including staff shortages due to COVID outages and people leaving the hospital. ‘industry. She was even asked to come to work while caring for her HIV-positive child, she said.

Mike Reppucci, owner of Cambridge’s Inman Pharmacy since 1984, had three of seven pharmacists absent last week due to COVID and one on parental leave. He had to accumulate 30 hours of overtime to fill in the gaps, and other staff worked 10-20 hours of overtime. He even enlisted his son – an EMT who is certified to do so – to administer the COVID vaccines.

“It tires everyone,” he said.

Another pharmacist, a recent graduate who works at a specialty pharmacy west of Boston, said she was so tired at the end of the workday that she “could barely walk” after her shift. . “I feel overworked and exhausted,” she said. “I’m in the call center, I’m in the lab. I float wherever I can, doing work that was previously done by three different people.

She added that the rapidly evolving news around the pandemic has affected demand for some drugs, especially ivermectin, an antiparasitic drug that has been shown to be ineffective in treating COVID-19, but misinformation has circulated there. last year, touting its benefits in the fight against COVID-19.

The owner of the pharmacy she works in “loved to sell ivermectin” when demand hit “dozens of lots a day” last summer, much to the chagrin of her staff. “It was kind of a point of contention,” she said.

When state regulators cracked down on the distribution of the drug for COVID-19, as its dose indicates, customers who previously filled prescriptions for ivermectin there were “pissed off” at it, she said. She added that the doctors even called and invented parasitic infections to get the medicine from the patients.

Doctors and patients are also frustrated with pharmacists when supply chain issues prevent them from filling prescriptions, sometimes for a month or more.

The Boston-based clinical pharmacist said she sometimes had to call 20 hospitals to get a vial of a needed drug, which still may not be enough.

“Some doctors are more understanding than others about shortages or what we can and can’t do, others are more like ‘No, I don’t care.’ This is what I need. You have to get it no matter what, ”she said.

As the faces and perceived gatekeepers of drugs, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can often bear the brunt of the anger of patients, nurses and doctors, sometimes even faced with “verbal and sometimes even physical abuse,” said Monica Mahoney, Infectious Disease Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, speaking extensively on the state of the industry.

Pharmacists also have a responsibility to keep abreast of evolving regulations and emergency use authorizations for COVID-related therapies, including vaccines, and, of course, administering vaccines.

“You’re supposed to fill prescriptions, counsel patients, and get all those vaccines delivered in less time with the same manpower or maybe less manpower if you also had attrition, and be also responsible for monitoring new doses for each vaccine. Mahoney said conditions.

Of course, all of this affects not only pharmacists, but patients as well.

“They have much longer wait times and they don’t always get the ideal treatment they would have if we had all the resources at our disposal and we had everything we want,” the Boston pharmacist said. . “They end up getting alternative treatment or like a second or a third line, whatever we can get our hands on. “

All of these additional stressors can lead to more errors – 3% for each additional prescription filled per hour, according to a University of Arizona study – and longer hospital stays.

Although the Boston-based pharmacist said her bosses had tried to alleviate stress by giving employees access to mindful apps and hosting pizzas (the inspiration for the pharmacist-social media hashtag #PizzaIsNotWorking ), she says it doesn’t do the job.

“It hasn’t been anything like ‘Here’s a raise for everyone because you’ve worked so hard. Here’s a bonus,” she said. “What they’re giving us is is not enough.


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Rogersville pharmacist sees increased demand for COVID-19 recalls for children 12 to 15 years old https://scubadivetalks.com/rogersville-pharmacist-sees-increased-demand-for-covid-19-recalls-for-children-12-to-15-years-old/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 02:01:00 +0000 https://scubadivetalks.com/rogersville-pharmacist-sees-increased-demand-for-covid-19-recalls-for-children-12-to-15-years-old/ ROGERSVILLE, Mo. (KY3) – The CDC on Wednesday approved COVID-19 booster shots for children 12 to 15 years old. The Missouri Department of Health and Seniors’ Services then approved the recall on Thursday. This follows a steady increase in cases across the Ozarks and as many schools have removed their mask warrants. Rogersville Pharmacy pharmacist […]]]>

ROGERSVILLE, Mo. (KY3) – The CDC on Wednesday approved COVID-19 booster shots for children 12 to 15 years old.

The Missouri Department of Health and Seniors’ Services then approved the recall on Thursday. This follows a steady increase in cases across the Ozarks and as many schools have removed their mask warrants.

Rogersville Pharmacy pharmacist Jim Coker says there have been a lot of parents who bring their kids in to get their booster shots.

Coker says one of the reasons is that parents are concerned about the Omicron variant which is spreading quickly.

“Especially here and among children,” Coker says. “It looks like the omicron variant, we could have a lot more in schools right now, so a lot of positive cases. “

Coker says they have given more than a dozen recalls to the Rogersville pharmacy since the state gave its approval on Thursday.

“Parents are probably keen to get their children more immunized today as the number of cases increases,” Coker said. “They see their classmates and other people getting sick, so they just want to keep their kids as safe as possible.”

Coker’s 13-year-old daughter Caroline received her recall on Friday.

“I really just want to protect myself and others,” Caroline says. “I don’t want to risk contracting COVID and passing it on to other people. I just want everyone to stay safe.

Although masks are mandatory at his school, there is still an increase in cases of COVID-19.

Caroline says some of her classmates are still unvaccinated, but she hopes that will change.

“Whatever your decision, I mean it’s your own decision, but I would say just make it,” Caroline says.

Caroline says this will allow her and her classmates to have more fun in the future.

“Mostly school activities and after-school sports,” says Caroline. “If we get more people vaccinated earlier then I think it will all go back to normal and we can do more things.” “

The Pfizer booster is available for children aged 12 to 15 only five months after being fully immunized.

Coker says there has also been a general increased interest in people receiving their first dose.

“I’ll only have a few shots in the books,” Coker says. “I think we had five shots on the books for today, and then we ended up doing 35.”

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The flamethrower anti-vaccine leader who said pharmacists should be ‘executed’ for trespassing https://scubadivetalks.com/the-flamethrower-anti-vaccine-leader-who-said-pharmacists-should-be-executed-for-trespassing/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 09:19:58 +0000 https://scubadivetalks.com/the-flamethrower-anti-vaccine-leader-who-said-pharmacists-should-be-executed-for-trespassing/ A leader of an anti-vaccine organization, who recently traveled across the country to make citizen arrests of Democratic governors, found himself behind bars and held without bail, a prison official confirmed on Tuesday. from Jefferson County. Police arrested self-proclaimed “Vaccine Police” anti-vaccine chief Christopher Paul Key on Tuesday for felony intrusion into the third-degree charge. […]]]>

A leader of an anti-vaccine organization, who recently traveled across the country to make citizen arrests of Democratic governors, found himself behind bars and held without bail, a prison official confirmed on Tuesday. from Jefferson County.

Police arrested self-proclaimed “Vaccine Police” anti-vaccine chief Christopher Paul Key on Tuesday for felony intrusion into the third-degree charge. He has since been held in the Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham, Alabama, the Daily Beast reported.

The suspect appeared in court earlier Tuesday for a separate arrest at Whole Foods in April, in which he was cited for trespassing.

“I have court today at 1:30 am downtown,” Key wrote to the media ahead of his hearing, “It will be interesting.”

Meanwhile, in a series of five videos uploaded to Telegram on Tuesday afternoon, Key recorded himself appearing in court but was barred from entry because he had to mask himself.

“I was arrested because I wouldn’t wear a mask,” he said at one point, “And that’s what it is! “

Key would then refuse to wear a face covering, citing a “medical and religious exemption”. He further argued that he was allowed to “record” in the courtroom for his “protection”.

“I am completely sane. I don’t need a lawyer, ”he told News7h at one point. “I am a free man.”

On Wednesday morning, a spokesperson for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said Key was arrested by “the bailiff” after “he was placed in jail by the judge.”

The anti-vaccine itself has claimed it is “serving” state officials a series of documents to show that COVID-19 vaccines, which are deemed safe and effective by health authorities around the world, are supposed to be a “biological weapon”.

In late December, Key organized a road trip with governors of Democratic states, including Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, about their vaccine mandates.

“And yes, if the other governors are trying to do what Louisiana did,” he said in the video. “Yes, we will also arrest all of these governors. “

Key would also document the trip in a series of Telegram messages, where he showed an arsenal of weapons, including a flamethrower and high capacity firearms, in his possession.

It first gained national attention in August after threatening to ‘execute’ pharmacists for administering COVID-19 injections in Springfield, Missouri, and called it a ‘crime against humanity “, According to the WHNT.

Police arrested self-proclaimed “Vaccine Police” anti-vaccine chief Christopher Paul Key on Tuesday for felony intrusion into the third-degree charge. He has since been incarcerated in the Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham, Alabama. Jefferson County Jail


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Testing kits are scarce and expensive in SF, while testing sites are overwhelmed https://scubadivetalks.com/testing-kits-are-scarce-and-expensive-in-sf-while-testing-sites-are-overwhelmed/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://scubadivetalks.com/testing-kits-are-scarce-and-expensive-in-sf-while-testing-sites-are-overwhelmed/ These are empty shelves and living on a prayer for community pharmacies and their customers who need Covid-19 rapid test kits for travel, work and school. At the start of the week, local stores had either a limited supply or empty shelves as officials waited for new orders to arrive. Meanwhile, the queues at the […]]]>

These are empty shelves and living on a prayer for community pharmacies and their customers who need Covid-19 rapid test kits for travel, work and school.

At the start of the week, local stores had either a limited supply or empty shelves as officials waited for new orders to arrive. Meanwhile, the queues at the mission’s test sites were long and regular. Over the weekend at the Unidos en Salud / United in Health testing, vaccination and booster site in Capp and 24th Street, people had to be turned away because even after extended hours the weather was account.

In pharmacies, supply was the problem.

“Two weeks ago we got eight cases of BinaxNOW but we sold in two hours,” said a shift manager at Castro and 18th Street Walgreens. By Monday morning the shelves were empty and she was hoping an order would arrive later this week. Ditto at the Walgreens on the 24th and Potrero.

At a Monday morning meeting of the Latino Task Force, Dr Diane Havlir, a professor at UCSF and principal investigator on the Unidos en Salud test and the research campaign now at Capp and 24th Street, reported that the rates of test positivity had never been higher. More than 900 people were tested over the weekend and 175 tested positive for a 19.4% positivity rate – the highest during the pandemic, she said.

On the Unidos en Salud site at 701 Alabama St., 763 people were tested last Thursday and 129 were positive while more than 700 tested in Norton Street and 136 returned positive, according to Valérie Tulier-Laiwa, who is part of the executive committee. of the Latino Working Group.

Unidos en Salud, a collaboration between UCSF and the Latino Task Force, began in April 2020 and has tested, vaccinated and boosted tens of thousands of SF residents by providing low barrier access. Increasingly, the SF Public Health Department has become an active partner.

During Monday’s meeting with the Latino Task Force, Havlir stressed the need for more residents to be boosted and for more testing. “We have to be very careful when we have massive amounts of covid circulating in our community to repeat the tests,” she said.


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Qatar updates pharmacy training as role of pharmacists evolves https://scubadivetalks.com/qatar-updates-pharmacy-training-as-role-of-pharmacists-evolves/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 09:38:32 +0000 https://scubadivetalks.com/qatar-updates-pharmacy-training-as-role-of-pharmacists-evolves/ The education and practice of pharmacy is undergoing change around the world, with more emphasis on clinical outcomes and patient-centeredness. In Qatar, the country’s only faculty of pharmacy is responding to these changes with integrated learning and a new curriculum. “Previously, pharmaceutical education focused on the drug itself and its chemical specifications. Now the focus […]]]>

The education and practice of pharmacy is undergoing change around the world, with more emphasis on clinical outcomes and patient-centeredness.

In Qatar, the country’s only faculty of pharmacy is responding to these changes with integrated learning and a new curriculum.

“Previously, pharmaceutical education focused on the drug itself and its chemical specifications. Now the focus is more on patient care, ”said Feras Alali, Dean of the College of Pharmacy at Qatar University. “This has brought about a fundamental change in pharmaceutical education. “

In 2017, the college began a comprehensive review of its curriculum. The process resulted in the restructuring of the bachelor’s program into a series of integrated modules that cut across traditional subjects. Each module revolves around a certain body system, rather than a specific discipline.

The changes, which take effect this school year, aim to reduce repetition in teaching and make educational experiences cohesive, relevant and more patient-centered.

“A teacher no longer teaches a subject alone. Instead, everyone involved in the integrated unit of the program is working together and planning how to teach holistically, ”Alali said.

The change was not easy for the teachers. This “requires a lot of work, cooperation and openness on the part of faculty members in educational content and assessment methods,” according to Alali.

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Prescriptions dispensed when you need them most https://scubadivetalks.com/prescriptions-dispensed-when-you-need-them-most/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 21:00:15 +0000 https://scubadivetalks.com/prescriptions-dispensed-when-you-need-them-most/ When Danielle woke up after a recent operation at the Mountain View hospital, she was not feeling well. The procedure went well but, like many patients, the anesthesia had left her feeling groggy, confused and even a little nauseous. Needless to say, she wasn’t looking forward to the stop she and her husband should make […]]]>

When Danielle woke up after a recent operation at the Mountain View hospital, she was not feeling well. The procedure went well but, like many patients, the anesthesia had left her feeling groggy, confused and even a little nauseous. Needless to say, she wasn’t looking forward to the stop she and her husband should make at the pharmacy.

“I never like to go for meds after surgery so anyone can see me feeling groggy and in pain,” Danielle said.

Fortunately, the Mountain View Hospital allowed her to skip the pharmacy and go straight home with her bedside medication program.

“We know that patients recover better when they are on a drug regimen and take them the right way,” said Mark Keyes, pharmacist at Mountain View Hospital. “We realized that we had the flexibility to deliver all the medications our patients needed straight to their beds before they left the hospital. It helps us break down barriers for our patients and is the fastest way to get them the medication they need. ”

Immediate relief and convenience is a huge benefit to patients, especially when going out before pharmacies open or after they close.

“The experience I had with the bed medication program when I had surgery was amazing,” Danielle said. “The pharmacist came back just as I was about to get home, took my payment on the spot and went over my new medications with me. ”

Doctors can order medications for their patients when planning their procedures (this is what happened in Danielle’s case) or patients can choose to take advantage of the bed medication program when they come for their surgery. The program is free for patients – they only have to pay for the cost of their medication.

“I love drugs in bed,” said Dr. Casey Huntsman, an orthopedic surgeon who performs hundreds of procedures each year. Before each surgery, Dr. Huntsman makes sure to order the medications his patients will need. “Before the program existed, patients had to stop on their way home to get their prescriptions. Now they receive them before they leave and can go home and focus on their recovery. ”

Each prescription is dispensed by a member of the pharmacy team, so patients can get expert advice on how the drugs work and when to take them for maximum effectiveness. This consultation is usually done when another family member is present to make sure everyone understands the care plan and has their questions answered.

The Meds to Beds program also allows doctors and pharmacists to have better communication. This helps improve patient care and can also keep more money in their pocket. For example, doctors and pharmacists can quickly identify when drugs are not covered by health insurance and find alternatives that are included in a patient’s plan.

“You can see the relief on the faces of families when they realize they have everything they need and no longer have to stop on the way home. The meds to bed program really allows people to put all of their energy into focusing on their recovery, ”Keyes said.

For Danielle, the program allowed her to avoid waiting in the pharmacy parking lot or being left alone at home while her husband ran to the store. It made a difference.

“If I have to have surgery or some other procedure, I will definitely use this service,” Danielle said.

Mountain View Hospital is the only hospital in the area to offer the bedside medication program.


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Oxford pharmacists were left with inconsistent supplies of lateral flow testing https://scubadivetalks.com/oxford-pharmacists-were-left-with-inconsistent-supplies-of-lateral-flow-testing/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 03:00:00 +0000 https://scubadivetalks.com/oxford-pharmacists-were-left-with-inconsistent-supplies-of-lateral-flow-testing/ Oxford pharmacies were left without Covid-19 testing due to inconsistent deliveries as the self-isolation period was cut and Boris Johnson urges revelers to take a test before New Years Eve. Lateral flow tests, which return a quick Covid-19 result, can be picked up from pharmacies, some community centers and ordered for home delivery on Gov.uk. […]]]>

Oxford pharmacies were left without Covid-19 testing due to inconsistent deliveries as the self-isolation period was cut and Boris Johnson urges revelers to take a test before New Years Eve.

Lateral flow tests, which return a quick Covid-19 result, can be picked up from pharmacies, some community centers and ordered for home delivery on Gov.uk.

Staff at some pharmacies in the city told The Oxford Mail they were left without supplies of lateral flow tests for “weeks” as the availability of the tests on the government website changed. hour by hour.

The inconsistency comes from Professor Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford, backed the government’s decision not to impose new Covid restrictions until the New Year and called the public “responsible enough” .

Last week, the government announced that people could stop self-isolating after seven days if they got two negative results on the lateral flow test. On Wednesday, the Press Association reported that Mr Johnson said: “I think everyone should enjoy the New Years, but in a careful and reasonable way.

“Do a test, a ventilation, think of the others – but, most importantly, take a booster.”

Test availability was inconsistent on the Gov.uk website

A Boots staff member in Cornmarket explained that it was “possible” the problems were due to more people ordering tests, adding that the store has been out of stock for two to three weeks.

They said, “We haven’t had any today, our deliveries have been pretty hit and miss.”

A pharmacist at Barton Pharmacy in Headington said he had “no idea” when the tests were due and the store had “none since December 24”.

The two Jhoots on Walton Street, Jericho and The Roundway Pharmacy in Headington blamed the lack of stock on the companies delivering the tests.

A staff member at The Roundway said the tests had been “completely out of stock” for about a week and a half.

Readers also spoke about the inconsistency in testing supplies.

Speaking to Facebook, a number of readers said they had “no problem” ordering tests for home delivery, while others said they couldn’t get them online. or in pharmacies.

Verity Mills-Davies said there was an “out of stock” sign everywhere, while Emma Rowlands described “struggling” to pass a test.

She said: “None available online for delivery and when I received a collection code instead today the pharmacy did not have any in stock!”

Oxford Mail: A lateral flow test used.  Image: AP ImagesA lateral flow test used. Image: AP Images

Dr Leyla Hannbeck, Executive Director of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, the lack of constant supplies puts pharmacists in a difficult position.

Dr Hannbeck said: “On the one hand, the government is asking us to follow the guidelines and on the other hand, there is not enough supply for everyone.”

A spokesperson for Roche, which manufactures Covid-19 tests, said demand for Oxford Mail had “risen sharply” recently, but the company responded “immediately” and “continues to ramp up production so that current demand can be met “.

A Boots spokesperson said: ‘Boots are providing access to the COVID-19 Lateral Flow Device test kits on behalf of the NHS.

“We are able to order more stock from the NHS each day so we are restocking regularly, but due to high demand during the holiday season some stores will be sold out before the end of the day.

“The NHS website shows the nearest pharmacy offering lateral flow testing at your location. ”

The Oxford Mail has contacted the NHS and the UK Health Security Agency for comment.

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