Why Pharmacists Should Not Inject Personal Beliefs Into Their Jobs

There is one simple reason why a pharmacist’s personal beliefs should not factor into the dispensing of medication that, to me, takes precedence over all others.
Medications rarely, if ever, have one use. A single medication can be prescribed for a variety of reasons. This causes a problem: a pharmacist might refuse to dispense birth control pills on the religious grounds that the pill prevents conception and therefore prevents life. But what if the pill was not prescribed for prevention of pregnancy?

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I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a Vicodin today

Just a couple comments on Tara’s situation. Firstly, check that the pharmacist doesn’t have a little Vicodin habit of his or her own. Probably not, but I’ve lost all faith in humanity.
Secondly, this situation is deplorable. If a veterinarian at an academic research facility intentionally withheld post-op painkillers from animal subjects larger than a rat– especially a dog, cat, or monkey– without a justifiable experimental purpose**, I have little doubt that said veterinarian just set in motion a series of events that would result in termination of his or her employment. I find it shameful that her relative had to go through this.
If you’re ticked off too, read Terra Sigillata’s excellent post on the responsibilities of a pharmacist.
**specifically, violating the experimental protocol of the principal investigator, and the animal welfare guidelines established and implemented by relevant oversight committees, e.g. IRB and ACUC.

Anniversary Trip, or How Not to Treat a Monkey

Mrs. Evil Monkey and I went to visit Fallingwater for our 8th anniversary, and got some interesting surprises along the way. Lots of photos involved.

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Radio Blowhard Revisited

So wait a minute… what was Rush doing with a bottle of Viagra in the DR? Was his wife with him at the airport? No mention is made of her in the article, it appears that he could have been traveling alone. He is married, right? Hmmm.
Hat tip to Rev. BigDumbChimp for stating the obvious.

Reminder: Donor Challenge

I’m not doing too hot on raising money for low income school districts and kids that need books because theirs were destroyed in hurricanes. Please visit my Donor Challenge by clicking on the icon below my profile and, well…. donate!!!

PDE-5 Inhibitor Sildenafil Improves Cognition, or Viagra’s Good for the Big Head Too

Inspired by Rush Limbaugh’s apparent erectile dysfunction, I decided that today’s Evil Journal Club should address the “other” potential uses of PDE-5 inhibitors, the most (in)famous of which is Viagra.

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Radio Blowhard False Alarm

Turns out Rush’s Viagra was purposefully mislabeled as being prescribed to his physician for protection of Rush’s privacy, which is what tipped off the Customs guys.
Darn. There goes my first SchadenFriday material on the SEED blogs… although I do wish Rushie could take a cue from me and correct his mistakes in a timely fashion. Or at all.