5 from QS/1: Highlights in Pharmacy News – October 2019

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Pharmacist salaries, OTC cold remedies for kids, a pharmacy exam cheating scandal, and sharing data on pharmacy techs – check out 4 developments in our field that are worth knowing about, plus one for some Halloween fun.

  • Pharmacist Job Market: Salaries Keep Growing While Retail Employment Drops

A new analysis of 2018 data shows that a pharmacist’s average salary exceeded $123,000, up slightly from the year before. But total pharmacist employment did not grow. The number working in retail decreased, while hospital employment continued to rise.

  • Recommendations Declining for Kids to Take Cough and Cold Meds

While doctors are recommending fewer OTC cough and cold medications, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics, recommendations for antihistamines increased overall and appeared strongest for children under 12.

  • Outrage among New Pharmacists after Cheating Scandal Upends Licensing Exam Results

Taken the California state exam since July? You’ll have to retake it. The Los Angeles Times reports that more than 1,000 pharmacists’ test scores have been tossed out because of the possibility of cheating. It’s not popular news among pharmacists.

  • NABP Partners with PTCB on Technician Profile Data Exchange

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy has partnered with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board on a data exchange (p. 16) between its e-Profile system and a database of technician profiles. The API allows sharing of CE information and is piloting the sharing of disciplinary data.

Just because…
The Haunted Pharmacy Museum

In Halloween fun, here’s a little history on a famed New Orleans attraction, where the ghost of Dr.  Joseph Dupas is rumored to still roam – by the folks selling ghost tour tickets, at least.

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