Store Displays for Drug Stores and Pharmacies

Half the battle of owning or managing a drug store is the display design and organization of the space. Customers should be able to find what they are looking for while experiencing a pleasant, clean, environment. Store fixtures play a huge role in accomplishing these things. Fixtures for displaying your merchandise can be purchased in a number of places online and in retail stores, and sometimes used from another drug store going out of business. If you are looking to fully supply a new store with fixtures, the average cost for drug stores and pharmacies is around $20k. this may seem like a huge investment, and it is. It will pay for itself over and over again.

There are so many types of store fixtures and displays that come in various materials. Typical, modern fixtures are usually a blend of wood and steel components, but some drug stores feature antique cases while others focus on medicinal distribution fixtures. Some of the most common fixture types are slatwalls, gridwalls, gondolas, merchandisers, literature racks, tables, shelving, hangers, and display cases. Each has a unique purpose and advantage. Slatwalls are perfect for electronic displays, make-up, and can even be used for medicine racks. Shelving units are probably the most substantial units you will need, and they will usually cover the main sales floor. Every item for sale must be considered when purchasing these units, so take the time to pick the right store fixtures.

Flexibility of function is the most important factor when picking out fixtures for these types of stores. Store fixtures can easily adjust for different types of display function are extremely convenient. For this reason, slatwalls are great for these purposes. The same wall can display so many different products. It is also important to account for those products that are heavier than usual or extremely large. They must be kept on fixtures that are supported by the floor, such as large metal shelving units.

Once you have decided how many fixtures to purchase, what types, and where they will go, the job is far from over. Stocking the store with merchandise must be done right the first time. Get organized by creating a written document or computer spreadsheet that includes each item and where it will be located. You can make things simpler by numbering or coding fixtures in different parts of the store. The more organized merchandise is, the more customers will enjoy shopping in your establishment.

Yoga and Children – A Perfect Match

Hurry….! This seems to be a mantra echoed in many homes by Moms everywhere.
We live in a fast paced world, we’re over-worked, over-scheduled and very often, over-stressed. And so are our children. Between competition at school, sports, after-school activities and homework, kids often feel a great deal of pressure. Thankfully, there is a way to counteract that stress…without a trip to the doctor or pharmacy. Just as Yoga is beneficial to adults, so it is to children as well.

As both a yoga instructor and a mom, I can tell you first hand, yoga and children are a perfect match. Children’s natural curiosity and flexibility lends perfectly to practicing yoga. While a class/session should be much shorter in duration than a class that an adult would attend, much of the same poses and principles can be applied. A half hour class is perfect for kids. As they get older, their attention span increases and they become more accustomed to the practice, more time can be added.

The key is to make it fun. Kids love animal poses…when children imitate movements and sounds in nature, they get an opportunity to experience a real connection to their world. In cat pose for example, children are familiar with seeing a cat arch its back and are able to imitate it with ease. With my own children, I often make a game out of our yoga practice; playing “Simon Says” with yoga poses. By keeping it fun, not only does it keep their interest, but it also keeps them coming back for more.

Interspersing breathing techniques and relaxation poses throughout the class gives children the chance to wind down and quiet their minds- skills that also help them in their daily life. Reaping the true rewards of Yoga. Children respond well to guided meditations/visualization and it’s is a perfect way to end the class. Children will walk away from class feeling centered and calm.

Keep in mind, that children learn best by example. If they see you practicing yoga regularly, then chances are they will want to join in. What a wonderful way to spend quality family time together, than participating in something beneficial for body, mind and spirit.

Important Aspects Of A Perfect Vacation Spot

Plan your trip properly
The cool breeze blowing in from the sea, the wafting aroma of freshly steamed lobsters, a great view of the dusk with the thinnest tip of golden sunrays caressing the sand on the beach, the sweetness of chilled mojitos… now that is heaven for any holiday bird. After ten long and tiring months of hectic schedules and office works, people look forward for the summer, when they can finally go on a vacation and relax without any tensions or worries. And whenever the word vacation is brought up, the first image that creeps into our minds is that of an island with a calm beach, an ideal home and lots of greenery. Well, if you are among those people looking for relief from stress, then just pack your bags and go on a trip to any of those beautiful islands… St. Maarten or Hawaii… it’s your choice. But before you plan your trip with one of those travel agents and book a ticket, let us take some time and analyze all those things which an ideal retreat spot should have, so that you don’t end up in the wrong place.

The location
The location is one of the most important factors which you should consider, before planning a trip. An island with a calm beach would be the ideal holiday destination, due to the serene, cool atmosphere such a locale can provide. Ensure that there is lots of greenery in the island. Being in the midst of soothing greenery and blue waters can have a great relaxing effect on your mind. If you are on an adventure trip or safari, you could consider a desert, jungle or even some historical place. But since you are looking for a quiet and calm break, an island with cool breeze would be the perfect choice.

The food
The food should be cheap as well as soothing (well, expensive food cannot do much in brightening up your mood). Ensure that fresh seafood is available round the clock (seafood is a mood enhancer and goes well with the backdrop of an island) along with a variety of local cuisines (ethnic cuisine plays an important role in getting you into the mood of being a part of the place). But in case you get bored with the same every day delicacies, a backup of your homely cuisine should also be available. A good supply of fresh coconut water and cocktails are other inevitable elements of a perfect retreat.

The stay
A spacious villa, condo or inn (which can be rented) facing the sea is preferred. The windows should be large and open enough for the light breeze to sweep in and lift up your mood. The rooms should be well furnished and replete with all the necessary amenities like TV, refrigerator, dryer, water heater, AC, bedding, cutlery etc along with a large swimming pool. The room service must also be good, with regular cleaning and maintenance. And yes, beautiful flowing curtains on the windows are must, if you value visual beauty. Apart from the aspect of beauty, the place should also be safe enough and well equipped (with hurricane shutters, emergency exits etc) to counter any natural hazards like hurricanes and storms.

The locals
Cannibal tribes and unfriendly locals infesting beautiful islands are things of the past, and can be found only in fiction these days. Most of the islands designated for tourists are small towns with civilized modern population, and maintained by professional organizations and corporate companies. But even still, ensure that you will be able to build a good rapport with the natives. Learn at least few words in the native language, and also read and study a lot about the local culture and customs. Having a local travel guide with you will help a lot. If you manage to build up a friendly relation with the natives, your stay would become more enjoyable, as you will be get lots of opportunities to socialize.

Entertainment and nightlife
Entertainment is an important part of a good holiday. A perfect spot would be full of opportunities for entertainment and nightlife like casinos, discos and pubs, where you can down few mugs of beers and cocktails and have a great time. But if you are looking for something simpler, then a bonfire party with barbeques would do the trick.

Other amenities
Holiday spots should also have all necessary amenities at accessible distances. Police station, airport, local transport stand, post office, bank, pharmacy, ATM, internet cafes, hospitals, stationery stores and grocery stores etc should be nearby to your place and always accessible in case of emergency.

Some places to visit
Some cool places to spend your summer days in absolute peace would be St. Maarten islands, Hawaii island, Palm islands(Dubai), Goa(India) etc which are full of luxurious villas, condos and inns set in the midst of scenic beauty to give you the best time of your life.

Tips To Get The Perfect Tenant Mix for Your Retail Property

The ultimate goal for any landlord is to achieve maximum income from their retail property. However, that does not imply that they must lose focus on the bigger picture and let their space to any retailer who is interested in the property. Maintaining the perfect tenant mix in the property leads to increased foot traffic, greater spend, delighted tenants and ultimately more demand and better rates for the property.

Read on to find out the five ways to create the ultimate blend of tenants for a retail center.

Study the demographics of the environment

The demographics of the nearby locations play a vital role in determining what kind of retailers will best tick among the shoppers. Conduct surveys and collect information pertaining to what your target customers would like to see in the area around them. For instance, pharmacy stores may be a valuable addition for an aging population.

Talk to your existing tenants

Existing retail tenants may be a good source of providing insight into what brands and products can add more value to their own store and ultimately to the landlord. Analyze the performance of the stores and take a deeper look into their strengths and weakness and build ways to overcome or enhance them.

Mix brands and categories

A retail center that draws a balance between the big and the small brands and has a wider collection of product categories than simply focusing on part of the demographics enjoy better foot traffic. Choose tenants from various product categories and be sure to include local retailers who always have something new and fresh to offer. Look beyond the retail line up and set up service facilities like ATMs to optimize the time and effort spent on creating the perfect tenant mix.

Make market assessment a part of the responsibility

Tenants come and may go at the end of the lease. This may interrupt the existing interconnections within the retail space. For instance, men visiting your retail center to buy baby diapers in one outlet tend to grab a few drinks at the next one. Retail centers must continually invest time and effort to assess the market and ensure that their tenant mix is optimizing the overall performance.

Hire a good commercial real estate property company

Commercial real estate property management services have mastered the art of using several proven techniques in finding the right mix for any kind of retail property. They study the area around the property, analyze the geographical pros and cons of the place and have seasoned real estate experts to work on the tenant mix. They perform competitor analysis to check what products and services are missing in the area and also work towards acquiring high quality tenants for the property.

The Personal Health Record – Perfect Companion to Wellness and Disease Management Programs

People are recognizing the importance of “wellness” (getting and staying well) and being active, informed participants in their health management decisions. Patients have a unique central perspective. Personal Health Records help patients and doctors to communicate and interact successfully. As new technology provides increasing opportunities for self-assessment and self-care, participants require convenient ways to keep track of what works and what doesn’t. PHRs provide capabilities to record relevant information and keep medical professionals informed. For those seeking high quality, accurate, affordable, efficient and cost-effective healthcare, Personal Health Records are likely to become more and more indispensable.

Not so long ago, I thought that Personal Health Records were a waste of time. I have changed. Personal experiences have gradually turned me into an advocate for everyone to have one. In large part, the need for PHRs has been driven by changes in medical and healthcare technology and practices. With increasing specialization, coordination can become an issue. PHRs provide data to patients and their proxies that enables them to communicate more effectively with physicians and other providers. This leads to better decisions. PHRs are memory joggers. They provide important links between past and future generations, helping to spot trends and enable inherited conditions to be addressed before they become serious and chronic. PHRs can be indispensable ingredients in increasingly popular Wellness and Disease Management Programs. I regularly find new benefits and value from my PHR. Here are things to help you learn and put Personal Health Records in perspective.

First impressions are not always the right ones.

My first experience with health records was to create a list of medical expenses for an income tax return. It proved a disappointing waste of time. After listing all my expenses, I found that I was not eligible to claim a tax deduction. Since that experience, I was ready to dismiss the idea when PHRs were mentioned. Besides my experience, I could not see why anyone would ever need one. I thought doctors kept records for their patients and shared them with those who requested them.

PHRs are important in times of emergency.

When I watched victims of Hurricane Katrina and other disasters talk about losing their health records when paper files were destroyed along with their homes, doctor’s offices and hospitals, I started to see value from PHRs. People had lost many different types of personal papers, but loss of health records was the most serious. Without records, it took doctors providing emergency treatment extra time to get up to speed and prepared to treat a patient. Any delay could mean the difference between life and death. If only there were some way for patients to inform their doctors and keep them that way. At the same time, disasters seemed relatively infrequent. I thought of priorities and realized the relatively low probability of needing a PHR to get better emergency care. There must be more reasons to have one. Furthermore, I was not sure what a PHR should contain to make it useful.

Their Value Proposition keeps growing.

As I thought more and more about PHRs, their value proposition grew. I found many ways to use them, making it especially important to have one. At the same time, I have wondered about the overlap between doctor’s and patient’s records, what each needs to have and how to update each other for the best possible decision-making information. Complicating matters, every doctor has needs, personal perspectives and preferences that differ from those of patients. Doctor’s records are highly likely to vary from one doctor to another, and no one is likely to consolidate records unless doctors are part of a group that shares common data services. Nevertheless, I have realized more and more the importance and usefulness of PHRs. They can be essential to promoting and managing Wellness proactively rather than simply making assessments, determining problems, deciding what to do, and reporting and recording results. Their net benefit provides a high potential to gain considerable added efficiency and savings.

A personal experience gave me more reasons to have a PHR and ideas for making one.

In May, 2007, I went to see my doctor about a rash. He prescribed an ointment, but also told me to get a blood test in three months just in case I had Lyme disease. He gave me a form to take to the lab on which he wrote “August 23.” This was supposed to be my reminder. Fortunately, he did not specify the year since that same time a year later, I finally got around to the blood test when my wife got one for her annual physical. After having the test, I scheduled my own physical. There was no Lyme disease, but at the appointment I learned that my doctor was retiring and that was to be his last week in the office. At that point, the two of us decided that I should get the exam from whomever I selected to replace him. I wished him well, and he gave me a couple of parting shots (tetanus and pneumonia) before handing me a brown envelope with a copy of my health record as I went out the door. I had asked for it since I decided to find a Primary Care Physician nearer home rather than stay with the doctors who took over his practice. Friends recommended a large medical group with a broad range of specialists a short distance away. For the most part, they provide “one-stop shopping.” I found a list of their doctors on my insurance company’s website and made a selection. When I went for my first appointment with the new doctor, I found that handing over that brown envelope did not relieve me of any responsibilities that I had to bring him up-to-speed.

Welcome to the New World of Patient Responsibility and Wellness.

Times were different. I knew that my role as a patient had changed when I was handed a clipboard with a very detailed questionnaire to fill out. From it, I realized how much I did not know about my health and that I needed to do something to become more informed. In the meantime, I did the best that I could, starting by answering the easiest questions. There were lots of things that I could not remember and needed to leave blank or provide vague answers. I could tell that the questionnaire was important and asked for a copy so I could try to find better and more complete information before I went back the next time. I also realized that the questionnaire provided insight into what should be in a Personal Health Record. Making a PHR looked like a job for a database. As with a word processor, it would enable me to add information little by little and print out an updated report whenever I went to an appointment.

Fortunately, databases are a specialty of mine.

I have created and maintained many of them for employers and consulting customers. However, there were things on the questionnaire that I needed to know that I had never been asked before. Questions were detailed and specific about my family history, all kinds of things related to my past healthcare, what I had done on my own, including diet, exercise, over-the-counter medications and types, reasons, outcomes and dates of encounters that I had with medical providers over the years. This soon became the tip of a very large iceberg that continually changes. As medicine continues to evolve and has gotten more and more specialized, healthcare has evolved from treating problems to refocusing its emphasis on Wellness. It attempts to anticipate problems and prevent them.

Promoting Wellness implies proactive care and necessitates greater patient involvement.

With the exception of the relatively few inoculations that I have received, most of my care has been reactive, a few broken bones, an almost fatal childhood disease, bee stings, spider bites and the like. First, I usually try to fix things myself. I also realize that collecting and analyzing data can uncover diseases that are inherited and trends in vital signs can warn of impending problems. Having data all neatly organized and consolidated into a Personal Health Record makes it easier for healthcare professionals to see at a glance what is going on. It serves as a checklist to inform and remind them of things that are most important to the wellness of me, the patient. As a patient I try to play a central and active role in collecting and organizing information that will enable others to make informed decisions on my behalf. It helps me to use a convenient, easy-to-use database tool, i.e., Personal Health Record software, to create reports that enable doctors to do their work successfully. Fortunately for me I had the skills to make my own database. Ultimately, I helped to start a new company that developed and markets an improved version. It is a team effort for doctors and patients to use a PHR effectively.

Start PHRs as early in life as possible.

PHRs are perfect for parents with babies. Over the years I have had illnesses and injuries that ideally should have been recorded in a PHR. I have forgotten important details. Some or all past experiences can have a bearing on health, and the care that is needed, years later. When I can, I play catch-up, adding more and more to my PHR as I remember and research the details. The same is true for inoculations. Many childhood diseases have become a thing of the past, but occasionally there are a few cases and people worry that they not have been protected. There are also many more inoculations to keep track of. Some require boosters. For example, at any age, people get boosters for tetanus and annual flu shots. Schools provide questionnaires for parents to fill out for new students and to enable participation in athletics. Although doctors may be asked to sign off on them, parents usually help with the answers. Later as children become adults, they have their own questions and questionnaires to answer. People may ultimately get too old and infirm to manage their own affairs. A PHR can be a helpful reminder at any stage of life although information needs will likely change over time.

Record-keeping focuses on the individual.

Record-keeping must be flexible and able to adapt to a person’s changing needs. There is a significant downside to not being prepared for many of life’s eventualities. A Personal Health Record, while probably the most important type of information to have, only represents one piece of the personal information we should have to manage our affairs. Records must be “personal” to be effective, focusing on what the user expects to gain from having them and is willing to contribute to the effort. It is easier to think of things that make a record more complete if it is done a little bit at a time over an extended period.

Other Considerations

People look at and do things differently. I thought about my annual tax ritual. Like so many others, I put off reporting until the last possible minute and barely meet deadlines. Because I wait, I invariably have more difficulty remembering and finding all of the information that I need. Consequently, the longer I wait to get something started, the more time-consuming and longer it usually takes. I try to compromise by finding ways that make things not only easier and faster, but also that will not require so much of my time all at once. Not waiting until the deadline means I have less to do at crunch time and am less likely to forget something. The same applies to Personal Health Records except they are always a work in progress. With PHRs, when they are needed, the more complete and accurate they are, the better. Since I realize that mine will never be perfect, I do the best that I can and rationalize that I am much better off than those who do not have one.

Records aren’t necessarily kept forever or for as long as we may need them. This is true when we use an on-line service to make a PHR for ourselves. Even if we enter our own data, we will lose access to our data if we change to a different provider (insurance company, pharmacy, medical group) than the one that sponsored the initial web-based PHR tool. There can also be “Retention Policies” that prevent us from getting records years later. Our data may have been purged after a certain period of time even if we stayed with the same provider. Electronic data can also be lost if it is not backed up properly or if all the copies are lost or destroyed. A home database and backup can be lost the same way. Even if a storm is not on the way, it is a good idea to have redundant records widely dispersed. The master can be kept on a home computer or web-based PHR, and copies can be kept in a pocket on a smartphone or flash drive, and also on a remote data backup service.

Technology is unleashing progress everywhere. PHRs and healthcare will continue to improve. Whether it is car care or healthcare, we must do our part. We don’t always know what to do, but realize that we should not have a car and only put gas into its tank. The parallels to personal health are things such as eating the right foods and getting regular checkups. We go to different auto centers and specialists and do things ourselves. Things can be overlooked and neglected. It is very unlikely that anyone will have a complete picture of what has happened. Deep down we realize that not knowing or neglecting something, no matter how insignificant, makes us susceptible to problems. Taking a risk is always a possibility. When problems occur or we want to schedule preventive maintenance, logs or records help automobile mechanics and doctors to troubleshoot problems and decide what is best for our cars and our bodies. Fortunately for us, automobiles have improved with more built-in reliability. On the other hand, although healthcare improves, we discover that our bodies are more complicated and challenging than we ever could have imagined. It can take a team of specialists to deal with them. As patients, we complicate matters when we withhold information from our doctors. A Personal Health Record has become an important tool enabling better communications and management of our care. It helps doctors and patients alike. It can keep everyone on the same page and aware of what others are contributing that could compromise their own efforts. We must be forthright with our doctors as well as ourselves.

In Summary: My PHR has changed my healthcare a lot. One will change yours, too.

Little did I realize how quickly longtime practices can be overturned and the impact that a PHR can make on getting the care I need. We are experiencing more and more mobility, finding increasing needs to access personal information whenever and wherever we go. We expect universal availability and security of our data. As care improves and I get older, I have found more ways to benefit from healthcare, but also that I have more decisions to make. Making PHRs for myself and helping loved ones with theirs is proving much more important than I expected. Using PHR software is helpful. I find that doctors are happy to provide encouragement and assistance to those like me who share a Personal Health Record with them. It helps them, too. Doing a little at a time gets the job done. It is well worth the effort.

Online Pharmacy Technician Schools

Online Pharmacy Technician Schools are there to help you earn your college degree in as little as just 12 months and can conveniently earn your online degree from within the comfort of your own home. That’s possible because there are several learning institutions on the web offering different type trainings.

Being a Pharmacy technician employee alone will give you a salary estimated to $26,000 and this is more than enough to meet one’s normal daily needs. You can get this position by checking on learning institution that you may find in the web that offers courses and trainings for the said field. Although you will not be called a certified doctor – because you will need to finish six more years in school plus and internship and of course a license and your wage will be more or less around $ 70,000. That is still fine because you can always choose to continue when time and budget permits.

Most online pharmacy technician schools will equip each student with the very same knowledge that you may get from a physical classroom set up and master the following: Medical terminology, and the right measurements, Label & Prescription information, Anatomy, Physiology, and Knowledge about poisoning and how to deal with drug emergency. You will have to learn and understand this by heart because you will work closely and under the directives of a certified doctor so make sure that everything that you have learned from online pharmacy technician schools will be applied perfectly.

During the course, you may also study the field of filing and claiming from insurance companies for as a Doctor’s assistant, you may be asked to handle this task which is part of taking care of the needs of each patient. Some learning facilities that you may find in the web even offers courses for the said field that you can finish in six months plus an externship so students will have hands on training experience and be familiar with potential employers. To make it easier for the student, some learning facilities may also have a program called “Pass or don’t pay” wherein given the student was not able to pass the exam to be certified, the student will not have to pay for the exam fee for it will be waived 100%.

There are several benefits if you choose to learn from a learning facility on the web:

• You have your full freedom to manage your time. You are more likely to receive one module at a time and at the end of each module, you will be given an exam. If you pass the exam, then the next module will be sent to you. You can read and understand the entire module at your own phase and if you feel that you are ready to take the exam, you may do so. In a typical classroom set up, you cannot do that for the professor have to consider the other students.

• And since internet is available almost everywhere, you can learn and access your module wherever you are.

Lastly, online pharmacy technician schools are said to be more cost efficient than attending a physical school. You don’t need any transportation allowance just to learn, you don’t need extra allowance for uniforms, food and other expenses that you may need if you are in a typical classroom set up which is the real reason why more and more people opt to get their college certification from online schools for convenience, affordability and quality is very possible to achieve in this kind of setting.

Having trouble deciding whether a pharmacy technician online school program is for you?

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Common Myths About Marketing Your Compounding Pharmacy – Advertising to Get Your Name Out There

Two years ago, two women opened a compounding pharmacy in a large metropolitan city. They spent tens of thousands of dollars on building the pharmacy, training, and equipment. They painstakingly made sure that every detail was perfect when they opened their doors. But a year after they opened, they were still barely doing 5 compounds per day. One of the partners went back to work at a retail chain to help keep the doors open. They didn’t understand why the business wasn’t doing better. They ran ads in the local paper, had their delivery car wrapped with their logo, they even had a billboard on the highway. Unfortunately, they weren’t bringing in any business and spending a ton of money on marketing that didn’t work. The next year they had to close their doors.

Many new compounders confuse advertising with marketing. Advertising is a part of marketing but it is not the only thing that you should be doing. In fact it may be one of the last things you should be doing in your pharmacy. But many use it first. And when you think about it, it makes sense, it’s the newspaper and journals and print publications that usually show up right after you put down the last coat of paint on the wall. They tell you all about the tens of thousands of people you’ll be in front of if you advertise with them, You commit to a contract and then…NO Sales! And even if you do have sales you are not sure if they came from the ad or referrals. You never the ad go because you are under the belief that you have to get your name out there.

Myth 1- I have to advertise to get my name out there

This is one the most common myths about marketing a compounding pharmacy that I see. Owners are spending thousands of dollars sometimes per month to keep their name out there. They think that having a generic ad about their quality and service is enough to make people come running in with a prescription. Unfortunately it just doesn’t work that way. Now let me say this- there is nothing inherently wrong with advertising. In some cases it can be very effective if it is done correctly. Correctly means:

It has a great attention grabbing headline that meets your target audience’s problem
It promises that you can solve the problem your audience has
There is a direct call to action
You direct them to something like a web page on your site where they can do something and you can collect information about the reader.

Doing this means that you can effectively track how well your ad is doing in the marketplace. Let go of the idea that advertising is about getting your name out there. Advertising is not about getting your name out there. It is about bringing in cash so you can pay your bills, employees and ultimately yourself.

Have you ever run an ad that did well? Share what you did that made it work well for your pharmacy.

Happy Marketing!

Renee Moore, MBA

Much Moore Marketing

CEO and Marketing Maven

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Compounding Pharmacy – What You Need To Know If You Want To Be A Compound Pharmacist

In years gone by it was always the doctor’s need for convenience that dictated how a patient should be treated. These days there is a more patient centered approach and all treatment is tailored specifically to the patients’ unique needs. As such the practice of compounding pharmacy is growing and there is a greater demand for custom made medication. If you want to get involved you can become a compound pharmacist.

What do compound pharmacists do?
Compound pharmacists are the ones responsible for the practice of compounding pharmacy. This means that they create medication using a number of raw ingredients. This is done to specification, to ensure that the right dosages and substances are present to meet each patient’s need. This may involve making an ordinary dry tablet, a capsule or even turning powder into a liquid. So, if you always liked chemistry this will be perfect for you.

How do you train?
Compound pharmacists have the qualification of traditional pharmacists but undergo further training. In most countries, however, what you would consider “ordinary” pharmacists also have the ability to do a limited amount of compounding. After normal pharmaceutical training you will go on to gain some experience in the field and then do a course in compounding pharmacy. Like any other course you will have exams at the end, and at the end of it all you will have the knowledge and skills to be a competent compounding pharmacist.

Where can you train?
Compound pharmacy isn’t the most popular of education paths so you would find it a little more difficult to find than most courses. The easiest way to find an institution to train at would be online. Simply search for schools in your area and have a look at their course structure. You’ll be mixing it up before you know it.

A Little Info on Pharmacy Refrigerators

n a pharmacy, many medications have to be preserved. The only way to maintain and protect them is to store them in very lower temperatures. Many medications require to be kept at temperatures that fall between one and ten degrees Celsius. This is why keeping them stored in pharmacy refrigerators is important. Here is some more information on them.

These refrigerators are very different from the basic ones found in most homes. These can be set to extremely low and freezing temperatures which would not be suitable for basic food preservation. But for medications, they are perfect for preserving them in order to keep them in the necessary condition for when customers pick them up for their prescriptions.

Labs also use them. Instead of medications, people who work in labs use them to preserve specimens, biological materials, and pharmaceutical materials. This is because each one of those three things also have to be kept at lower temperatures.

Some of these refrigerators come with extra features for functionality. For instance, some come with additional drawers installed in them for storing additional materials. Some come with glass doors and lighted displays so each item stored in the refrigerator can easily be seen and picked out. This type is especially good for labs because they use various small sized specimens which at times can be hard to identify.

Some also have an automatic defrost feature that will unfreeze the contents inside to a certain degree. Some even have digital displays and controls that show what the current temperature inside is set at. Also, some have automatic door locking mechanisms to ensure that the items inside will safely be preserved.

That was some information on pharmacy refrigerators. They are an important part of any pharmacy and some labs. They can be set to very low temperatures that will preserve important things like medications and specimens.

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PCAT Strategies – The 7 Tips You Will Need In Order To Ace This Pharmacy Entrance Exam

There is no type of studying system that will guarantee you a perfect mark on the PCAT; however, there are strategies that you can use in order to get a score better on the PCAT. The following strategies are:

1) Do not study from the textbook. Studying from the textbook is an absolute waste of time and the volume that you will need to cover is just too vast. Instead focus on a few selected study guides that I have chosen.

2) The PCAT is not the 100 meter dash. It is a marathon. You must be physically and mentally in shape. How can you do this? Simple. Just get a good night’s rest 1 week prior to the exam. You must establish a rhythmic schedule at least 1 week before taking the exam. Study in chunks instead of the regular cram sessions that most students tend to practice.

3) Make sure to bring a sweater or jacket on the day of the exam. It may be hot and humid outside, however, inside may be cold as the North Pole. Just to be safe, make sure you dress in layers.

4) Do not skip any questions. Unlike the SAT, when you answer a question incorrectly you will not be penalized. So make sure that you answer every single question to the best of your abilities

5) Work out of the test booklet first then bubble in you answer sheet later. You will save time and less likely to commit the “miss a bubble agony” when you go back and bubble your answers by using this method.

6) For the Writing sections, make sure that you outline what you are going to write first. Then write the essay. This will not only save you time but also gives you ample opportunity to plan for the things you are going to write about.

7) The day before the PCAT, make sure that you do not study. There is no use in studying for the PCAT the day before the exam. Just go watch a movie or hang out with family or friends. Enjoy your day!

There you have it. The 7 PCAT Strategies that you can use today in order to increase your score. Print it out and share this information with your pre-pharmacy friend.

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Charlie Thai is a pharmacy student and author of the “How To Get Into Pharmacy School” Ebook. He can be reached by going to [http://www.pre-pharm.info]