Pharmacist Reveals 5 Trade Secrets You Don't Get 'Over-The-Counter'

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If Stillson says so, it's got to be right!

September 02 2011 at 9:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You've got to be kidding me. Seriously? This article will never "disrupt the status quo" of pharmacists because is is just pure misinformation. The same keywords were used because it is so blatantly wrong. But don't take my word for it. Next time you get an insurance claim denial, ask your pharmacist to "run a prior authorization" and then ask for a that loaner supply of Xanax (of course after you check the bottle's expiration date. They will laugh you out of the store. Pharmacy is a highly regulated profession with constant audits & state inspections. AOL has lost my respect for publishing such a ridiculous article.

August 27 2011 at 8:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is amazing. A rather tame article, but a huge group of pharmacists storm in and protest and takes it down because it contains a couple of errors but more importantly, a few tips for patients on how to better protect themselves, tips that could disrupt the status quo of pharmacists.

They come in, armed with some inside information about the author(license provoked, disgruntled, etc), and you can just imagine them all coming from the same web forums or an emergency meeting of some sort for pharmacists, after being informed of this article's existence and with instructions on what to say.

Not that everything in this article was true and all those pharmacists posting here(roughly 350 comments out of 424 were written by people claiming to be pharmacists, protesting, using pretty much the same keywords) are all wrong, but the way it was done looks very, very suspicious. go check out the copy of this article on google and decide for yourself.

August 23 2011 at 5:03 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

To the people who are up in arms about this article being removed:
EVERYTHING about this article constituted libel. Not a word of what he said was true. It would only serve to cause confusion for many patients who do not know any better and believe anything they read. Then they will come into the pharmacy and argue, yell, and even try to fight with the staff "because they read it on the internet." None of you would want an article about you or your profession that was comprised completely of unflattering lies posted on the internet for the entire world to see and begin to believe if they are so naive. Also the author lied about his credentials. As many people have stated in their posts on here he is a former pharmacy technician who lost his license for diverting controlled substances. He is not, was never, and will never be a pharmacist. For anyone who does not understand what that means that would be like a nurse telling people he is a doctor. Claiming to have credentials you do not have, especially those that require a license, is illegal. Also the entire thing was just plain rude. Remember to stop and think how you would feel if it was you who's chosen career was being falsely bashed. This man was a technician, he used to work in a pharmacy, he knew full well that everything he said was false and it was done intentionally and with malice.
One final note. If you do not work in a pharmacy, chances are you do not know how things actually work in a pharmacy, and you are probably just mad because some mean pharmacy person had to tell you no you can not have your controlled substance early since you were selling/abusing it, so stop posting about how this guy was right and we are all just being mean to him.

August 17 2011 at 10:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Nothing about that article was slanderous or libelous. Sure, it may not be true in all instances; but it's certainly proven to be true in many. Just be picky about the pharmacy you go to. If you're in a rural area, you generally don't have to worry about poor quality . . . but as you move into larger areas, definitely shop around.

August 17 2011 at 6:29 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I am very pleased that Aol removed this article. The contents were very upsetting and untrue. Most pharmacists, including myself, work very hard helping patients all day long without even getting a lunch break. We go above and beyond to give great patient care at all times. I enjoy my job and would do anything for my patients.

Like the previous comment, I would also like to see a retraction from AOL. I believe that it is their responsibility to correct the false information that many people read and now believe to be true.
Hannah. R.Ph.

August 17 2011 at 12:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm so glad to see that slanderous article removed. It was false and misleading information from the very first sentence and got worse as it progressed. I only wonder what Alan Okpechi was trying to accomplish by attempting to present himself as an insider of a profession that he clearly has no real clue about. I guess he gets his 15 minutes of AOL blogger fame while there may be innumerable readers who will be very disappointed to find that even if they held a gun to the head of a pharmacist they won't get a prior authorization from their insurance company in only 10 minutes!
I would like to see a letter of apology from the author and a proper retraction from AOL.

August 16 2011 at 10:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Article reposted here.

August 16 2011 at 11:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Here is my problem I did not get to read article right or wrong I live in america were I thought we had freedom of speech not well its wrong so take it off site. If the article was wrong there are ways to correct the problem with our legal system. For those who cheer the taking off of this article need to step back and think why this is wrong.

August 16 2011 at 12:24 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Yes, AOL should print a retraction and issue an apology for such a misleading article.

August 15 2011 at 11:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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