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  • byenhold byenhold Jun 12, 1998 4:49 PM Flag

    Here in Chicagoland

    most pharmacies, including Walgreen, staple a
    printout to the prescription bag listing what the drug is
    generally used for, precautions, adverse side effects --
    usually two to three paragraphs of information. This has
    become commonplace over the last three years or so.
    There is no additional fee and they all provide it
    without asking.

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    • Most of the counseling, PAL's,(patient advisory
      lavels) were the direct result of the federal government
      passing a law requiring the pharmacist to counsel
      Medicaid recipients. What happened after that was the
      state board of pharmacies took it 10 steps further but
      to their advantage since they are pharmacist's and
      they make the rules ! Most states it was a executive
      order without input from other sources. the end result
      was to elevate the standing of RPH's to be closer to
      doctors as a source of knowledge with less manual labor
      for the individuals. But the the problem is managed
      care is bringing the rx margins down so to keep
      expenses in line most RPH's can't have the luxury of just
      checking profiles, medications and correct filling of the
      rx. Most Rx rooms in nat'l chains are probably in the
      24% g/p range if they still have approx 65 3rd party
      35 cash sales range. less G/p if higher 3rd party.

      • 1 Reply to gettingoutnow
      • Whenever they fill a prescription, they make a
        note of whether the patient accepted counseling. Based
        on sneaking peaks at the list, I think the Feds have
        required pharmacies to do something that no one wants in
        the first place.

        I agree with the guy who says
        the profits are in the front of the store. What I
        like about the newer Walgreen's stores I've seen are
        that they are free-standing. Since they sell a lot of
        the same stuff that the grocery does, why have the
        drugstore right next to a supermarket? If you think of the
        last ten times you stepped foot in a drug store, how
        many times did you have a prescription filled?

        I think they should position themselves as a
        between-the-convenience-store-and-the-supermarket alternative.