Submitted by a shitpot full of people, the FDA has gotten this wonderful idea to allow people (read: idiots) to buy Rx prescriptions OTC using a kiosk rather than a Doctor to issue the Rx.
The jist of the article (for those too lazy to read it), is that you would go to a kiosk, and via a handy flow chart be able to obtain an Rx for antibiotics (!!) hypertension medication, cholestrol medicine, etc without seeing a doctor. Your helpful pharmacist would help you from then on out. Yeah, as if that’s going to magically make you become more compliant. I’ll get right on that after my job as the vicodin-police, insurance agent, and your personal fucking nanny are done.
Lets take a journal into sarcastic TAP-land:
I think this is a completely fucking great idea! We all know that Rx medications are completely safe, require no professional monitoring, and can cause no harm to the patient. I mean who in the fuck cares if your potassium goes through the roof when you’re on an ACE-I, or if you get rhabo while on that statin. This whole Rx concept is obviously a cartel plot by the medical industry to milk you out of copay money to line the pockets of BMW driving doctors as they light their cigars with your crisp $100 bills gotten from your copays. Its not like those doctors know any more than the crackhead off the street…..
Shit, this whole idea of people just making shit up at kiosks to get a truckload of antibiotics is such a good idea! We all know that antibiotic resistance is just a big fucking lie made up by the pharmaceutical industry so they can push their ‘newer’ expensive antibiotics to leech the consumer dry. In fact, all of medicine is a big fucking lie meant to milk you out of your hard earned cash. See this MD/PharmD degree? Thats just made up letters that we got from a mail-order school.
Travelling back to real-life common-sense land:
This whole clusterfuck was meant to save the patient money they would have spent seeing a doctor. Because thats SO MUCH FUCKING LESS than say a hospital admit because your potassium shot up to 12, your kidneys stopped working because you have renal issues and had to get that ACE-I, or because MRSA is eating your face off. Not to mention the tons of other issues that come with taking A CONTROLLED FUCKING POISON that externally influences certain enzymes and receptors in your body thereby circumventing your body’s own natural regulation pathways. Oh shit, you didn’t know that most (if not all) drugs did that? Actually I’m sure you probably thought medications were made from unicorn farts that magically made you better.
Here is a fucking great idea, why don’t you use your doctor to DIAGNOSE whats wrong with you, and have the pharmacist PICK OUT THE RIGHT MEDICATION. I mean we all know that 90% of our time is just faxing the doctor for a drug change because its the insurance company, not your doctor who decides what drug you get. Tell us whats wrong with you, any lab values that we might find useful, and let US pick out the most effective and affordable drug. Pharmacists are immune to the drug-rep masturbation, we (for the most part) know our shit, and our ass is on the line with you by default if the shit goes south. The hard cold fact is that MD’s are good at figuring out whats wrong with you, and WE are good at what drugs to use. Same coin? Different side? Sound familiar? Obviously not to the FDA.
If the APhA is all about this, its just more evidence that they are focused at planting new pharmacy trees while the retail pharmacist forest behind them is burning to the ground. Why are they always ignoring what needs to be fixed in lieu of added work for no added money for us?
Oh, and if you are thinking “Well it works in Mexico”, take a second and think about what happens if you take something and die in Mexico. Do you get to sue someone? Do you get compensation from the manufacturers? Nope, you get a dirt-nap and a “Oh thats too bad”.
But really, what the fuck do I know. I just count by 5’s all day while watching Dr Oz and drinking coffee.