Experienced and Professional Addiction Rehab Services

If you are looking for personalized addiction and detox services in Nova Scotia that has many residential programs for drugs and alcohol, then do not hesitate to do a Google search for detox center or addiction services. You are sure to find help for the issues you are currently experiencing.

There are many wellness clinics in Nova Scotia that will understand just how you feel. There are many factors that contribute to addictions and the addiction counsellors believe that treatment is not one-size-fits-all approach.

Instead of using one standard form of treatment, many detox centers in Nova Scotia offer personalized treatment plans that individualize the recovery process.

Some specialize in alcohol or drug addictions, as there are is a great need for this right across Canada. Family involvement is most welcome and only encourages patients to be more connected and involved in the rehabilitation program.

Family Participation in Workshops:

  • Education regarding Substance Use and Abuse
  • Support addiction and selfcare
  • Awareness of the signs and steps that typically lead to relapse.
  • Interaction with your loved ones in various activities to boost social connectedness.
  • Training to establish healthy boundaries that fosters independence for your loved one and shifts the onus of responsibility for recovery from the family to your loved one.

Workshop Therapy Sessions Are Important

Many wellness clinics and addiction centers in Canada offer comprehensive workshops for its patients.

In addition to individual addiction counselling, some detox centers offer group therapy sessions facilitated by experienced therapists.

Their will also be an opportunity to learn about drug or alcohol addiction through a series of workshops that have been developed over the last decade bringing together all the essential tools to support you towards a strong recovery.

Addiction Recovery Steps Include The Following:

  • Triggers, Urges and Cravings: How to recognize and overcome.
  • The Psychology of Change.
  • Relapse Prevention Planning.
  • Recovery Capital.
  • Goal Setting.
  • Anxiety explained and methods of coping.
  • Dealing with Trauma and the effects on our current life.
  • Healthy Communication styles.
  • Reconnecting with Family and Friends.
  • Workplace Re-entry Skills.
  • Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence.
  • Emotional Intelligence.
  • Uncovering the Myths around Anger.
  • Childhood Experiences and the impact they have on current life.
  • Codependency.
  • Mindfulness.
  • Rationalizing Irrational Thinking Patterns.
  • Positive Psychology.
  • Strengths-based Planning.
  • Solution-focused Planning.

Medical Treatment and Monitoring

Nova Scotia Addiction Service professionals offer medical assessment, treatment and monitoring provided under the direction of physicians experienced with treating substance use disorders and withdrawal management.

This includes a comprehensive medical and psycho-social assessment – interview, examination, review of pharmacology history and biological evidence. Personalized treatment plans have been developed and driven by results of evidence based diagnostics.

Withdrawal management services under supervised under the direction of a physician with 24-hour monitoring by the healthcare team. The physician and nursing team work in collaboration with the therapeutic team to provide a holistic treatment experience for each recovering addict that include weekly collaborative meetings and team coaching.

Once the patient has recovered from their particular addiction there is a followup discharge assessment, planning and community medical support plan that is put in place.

Healthy Living Is Important To Remaining Sober

Incorporating a health and wellness program into an intensive therapeutic program for substance use / abuse is critical for the overall treatment plan of individuals and to allow them to remain sober long after they have left our wellness detox clinic.

Most addiction rehab professionals understand that paying attention and prioritizing our client’s body, mind and spirit thoroughly has an exceptional affect on long term recovery and is just as important as the therapeutic component. Having the combination of body, mind and spirit create a more comfortable and engaging therapy for clients, where they will acknowledge that overall wellbeing and happiness can come from the simplest things.

Counselling and therapy are key components to an addiction recovery treatment program. Individuals who are in recovery are taught healthy ways to cope with difficult emotions and behaviors. However, it is hard for a malnourished brain and body to fully engage in treatment and learn the necessary tools to heal.

When an individual with addiction problems makes the decision to receive guidance for their drug and or alcohol addiction, he or she will begin a gradual process in order to reach their full recovery potential which includes several steps.

A significant step that sometimes goes unnoticed is the status of the client’s nutritional health. The main priority of the Recreational Therapy Program is to improve and/or maintain physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual functioning in our clients.

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TV Addiction – As Serious As Drug Addiction

Over-attachment to anything is a serious problem. People are addicted to different things – drugs, cigarette, alcohol, cartoons, and computer games are just a few things that people fall addicted to.

No one really thought seriously about TV addiction until recently, when a research found the characteristic behavior of persons addicted to drugs and to TV is the same. That is, persons addicted to TV shows the same behavioral patterns like someone who is addicted to drugs.

Definition of addiction: inability to overcome the dependence on anything, in spite of serious efforts from one’s part is an addiction. Serious withdrawal symptoms are another characteristic of addiction.

For example – someone who is addicted to drugs know he/she must break away from drugs, tries in that direction, but is unable to free oneself from the influence of drugs.

Different studies conducted by universities from different parts of the world suggest the strong parallels between TV addiction and drug addiction.

Researchers studied the brain waves of people, who were serious about withdrawing from TV.

The persons experience maximum pleasure while preparing for watching TV – he/she feels happy while taking the remote control and while switching on the TV. Once the TV program is over, he or she returns to the previous state of tension and mental stress. He/she wants to reach before TV to once again feel peaceful.

This experience has strong parallels to that of drug addiction, where drug addicts feel disturbed when the drug stops working in their body and they inject more drugs into their blood.

This is not true for all TV viewers. People who watch TV for more than four hours a day exhibit these behavior patterns and one tenth of total TV viewers are haplessly addicted to TV.

The Serious Problems Associated with TV Addiction

o Anxiety

o Lethargy

o Prefers solitude

o Turns away from social situations

o Difficulty getting along with others

o Risk of obesity

TV Addiction in Children

Children below 12 years of age are especially vulnerable to the dangers of TV addiction. They can forget everything about their studies and spend so much time before TV.

When parents try to minimize time spent before time, the children protest and in an unhealthy way. Self harm and destruction are common.

Studies have also found that children enslaved to TV mature early and feel helpless before difficulties.

Some Things You Can Do to Prevent TV Addiction

@ – Spend time engaging in physical activities, sports, hiking, rock climbing, mountaineering, swimming, tree climbing, etc according to one’s physical capacity.

@ – Read books including novels, short stories, poetry, science fiction stories, science magazines, etc.

@ – Engage in indoor games like chess, caroms, scrabble, board games, etc.

@ – Be active at a social service club (so far the best antidote for all stress related problems).

All the above activities are helpful in overcoming addiction to TV. While you feel energy sapped, lethargic and tensed after prolonged TV viewing, these activities make you feel refreshed.

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Well Known for Addiction Relief, The Hitt Wellness Center in Tijuana

“The future of medicine will be boosting the body’s own healing powers. We are already there.” Jane Hitt

The clinic is the outgrowth of a World Health Organization grant given to its founder, the late researcher Dr. William Hitt and renowned Mexican Psychiatrist Dr. Velazquez Suarez. The grant allowed Dr. Hitt to continue his pioneering and innovative work into the development of an all natural treatment to detoxify, cleanse and stop cravings in the brain of those persons addicted to drugs and alcohol.

The clinic has garnered much acclaim and has been featured on numerous television and radio shows in Mexico, the USA, and around the world. News of its successes has aired on every continent. As a result of this reputation the clinic receives patients from all over the world.

The clinic has helped people with all kinds of addictions from alcohol and cigarettes, to the more serious such as heroin and crystal meth. I asked Mrs. Hitt about recidivism and she told me they have almost none.

The process for detoxing takes from five to ten days and there are no cravings after completion. She mentioned two young men who came in together with severe addictions to drugs. One of them, named Barnaby, did a YouTube video extolling the virtues of the clinic which he credits with saving his life. He had tried many other methods to detoxify and get off drugs, was down to ninety eight pounds and looking for a solution. The video can be accessed below. Besides his testimony, there are clear descriptions of problems with solutions.

Over the years the clinic has treated many well known celebrities for a wide variety of health and wellness issues. Bestselling authors, film producers, actors, comedians, musicians, and award winning film composers have all found their way to the Hitt Wellness Center. Interestingly many US physicians and pioneers in the Health Food Revolution are themselves ongoing patients at the clinic.

The addiction program helps to rebalance the neurotransmitters in the brain which have been damaged by drug use. People come from all over the world, but especially California, to take this treatment. Patients can stay within the Grand Hotel complex where the clinic is located. The Hitt Center is a well balanced, scientific, breakthrough alternative medical facility. They have been featured on Extra, a program in England for the BBC. It was at former patient urgings that this center and their programs were discovered by the media.

Chelation therapy is also available to remove heavy metals from the blood. Another popular treatment helps people with allergies, some with severe allergies that is an antigen receptor vaccine. Ozone therapy assists people with killing nucleic cells to help prevent secondary cancers. Lyme disease is also treated here.

From the wellness center website:

“How is ozone oxidation useful for ill people? Your cells have antioxidants to protect you from the natural oxidation that occurs when you burn the oxygen you breathe, so they are not harmed by the oxidation of properly prepared ozone. On the other hand, viruses do not have antioxidants because they do not use oxygen to live as our cells do. So when the ozone comes in contact with viruses, they are easily killed. This works for all viruses, from the common cold to shingles, hepatitis C and HIV. And because ozone breaks down into normal O2, it is very safe for patients of any age or condition.”

Everyone is screened with a six page questionnaire before coming to the clinic for an interview. People who cannot be helped are turned away, rather than having their money taken needlessly. Work is done in symbiosis with the medical community, and doctors perform the treatments. For instance, if a patient has had a tumor removed that was cancerous in the states and comes to the clinic, this would be a good candidate for ozone therapy which is widely used in Europe.

To contact the center for more information visit their website at:


Or contact by phone at 800-825-2961

From Mexico: 664-683-1788

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Conservative Radio Host’s Prescription Drug Addiction Story

In recent years, the prescription drug addictions of many public figures have come to light. One of the most tragic personal prescription drug addiction stories in recent years is that of radio commentator Rush Limbaugh. He achieved a level of fame, wealth, and influence that most people would envy, but he dealt with a privately devastating prescription drug addiction.

Rush Limbaugh is a prominent conservative talk show host and author. Around 20 million listeners tune into his radio show Monday through Friday. He wrote several books that have become bestsellers and have sold millions of copies. His conservative opinions (including calls for personal responsibility and clean living) and quick wit made him a national superstar; many people were shocked when it developed that he was addicted to drugs, himself.

In October of 2003, Palm Beach County Police linked Rush Limbaugh to the illegal black market of prescription drugs. Limbaugh admitted that he had become addicted to prescription pain medication several years earlier, when he underwent a spinal surgery. The surgery was unsuccessful and the radio commentator continued to experience excruciating pain in his lower back and neck. He claimed that he checked himself into treatment centers on two previous occasions to try to quit using the pain pills.

Though Limbaugh spoke out against drug use many times on his radio broadcast, he came clean about his own problems soon after the story broke in other news outlets. He made no excuses for his addiction and entered a treatment center for a third and final time.

Rush Limbaugh has since returned to his radio show and claims that he is now drug free, but the ordeal lost him the respect of some of his former listeners and provided those who disagree with his views evidence that he is a hypocrite.

While Rush Limbaugh recovered relatively quickly from his addiction, he went through many hard times before being able to cure his addiction, and the severe hearing loss he suffered was likely a result of the drugs he was taking. The hearing loss seems to have been adequately resolved with the use of a cochlear implant. However, many personal prescription drug stories do not end as well as Limbaugh’s; some end in death.

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Addiction and the Role of Exercise in Managing It

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), less than half of world population (38.3%) actually drinks alcohol. Those who do drink consume on average 17 liters of pure alcohol annually. Moreover, the harmful use of alcohol results in 3.3 million deaths each year. Beside, at least 15.3 million persons have drug use disorders.

These and some other statistics are quite unnerving to the friends and family members of people, who have some kind addiction.

Addiction is a chronic disorder, for which many biological, psychological, social and environmental factors are accountable. About half the risk for addiction is genetic. Genes affect the quantity of reward that an individual experiences when initially using a substance e.g., drugs, alcohol or engaging in certain behaviors e.g., gambling. A heightened desire to re-experience use of the substance or behavior, potentially influenced by psychological (e.g., stress, history of trauma), social (e.g., family or friends’ use of a substance), and environmental factors (e.g., accessibility of a substance, low cost) can lead to regular use, leading to brain changes.

The brain changes include alterations in pre-frontal cortex and sub-cortical limbic system regions involving the neuro-circuitry of reward, motivation, memory, impulse control and judgment. This leads to an increase of cravings for addiction and an impairment of the ability to control the impulse, regardless of the knowledge and experience of its consequences.

Role of exercise in managing addiction –

Most treatments for addictions involve some kind of counseling that focuses on helping the person to figure out why he or she engages in the addictive behavior.

Some studies have provided convincing evidence to support the development of exercise-based interventions to reduce compulsive patterns of drug intake in at-risk populations.

Exercise helps in the following ways:

It releases endorphins – On recovering from an addiction, one’s the body and mind misses a high feeling caused by it, resulting in depression during the withdrawal phase. Since exercise causes the release of endorphins, which acts as a natural high, especially after a good sweat session, it’s possible that working out can help an individual cope with the recovery process.

It alleviates stress – Moreover, regular exercise is a great stress buster, resulting in diminishing stress-related cravings. Therefore, sticking with exercise long-term might even diminish drug seeking behavior.

It acts as a distraction – For some, exercise might just serve as a distraction. While exercise alleviates some of the symptoms of withdrawal, it may not improve long-term abstinence.

It acts as meditation – Exercise can be described as meditation in motion. This concept underlies the ancient tradition of Hatha Yoga exercises. By concentrating on physical movements of exercise, we can experience the psychological and emotional benefits of meditation. A good workout leaves one feeling more rejuvenated and optimistic, which can make recovery much more manageable.

It improves outlook on life – Those, who exercise regularly, have increased feelings of self-confidence and reduced feelings of depression and anxiety. In addition, regular exercise provides improved sleep, greater energy, and enhanced feelings of well being, thereby changing positively the outlook on life.

The Crux –

Addiction is a problem of global dimension, influenced by many factors e.g. biological, psychological, social and environmental. About half of the risk for addiction is genetic. Though counseling and treatment form the mainstay of management, regular exercise also positively influences it making its management more effective. The people, who engage regularly in exercise, are less likely to give in to the temptations of addictions even though they may be genetically prone to them.

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Why Use an Online Pharmacy?

Why buy from an online pharmacy when there are many local places to purchase medication? Are online pharmacies unethical? This article will attempt to discuss these questions and hopefully provide some conclusive answers. Since the beginning of online pharmacies there has been ongoing discussion and some action as to banning the use of online pharmacies altogether in the United States from both people using them and also for the online pharmacies, by implementing harsh fines and punishments.

Unfortunately for the online pharmacy industry there are some online pharmacies that are complete frauds which sells who knows what as medications to make steep profits for themselves. For the most part though there are many legitimate online pharmacies that sell the highest quality FDA approved medications, a careful online search done on the pharmacy you are considering buying from is an excellent idea so you don’t get ripped off. There is a particular usefulness of an online pharmacy that should be considered and examined before a wholesale banning of online pharmacies, either governmentally or personally. Before making an uneducated decision a person should critically examine both sides of the arguments of both the pros and cons of an online pharmacy.

Some pros of an online pharmacy are the following:

– A person suffering from embarrassing ailments such as erectile dysfunction for example, can receive proper drug treatments without the embarrassment of a local doctor and pharmacy visit

– In our extremely busy lifestyles the ease of buying from an online pharmacy is a huge benefit in saving time, effort and money, the relative speed and ease of ordering needed medications online are second to none

– Along with the above point purchasing medication online is able to be accomplished at anytime during the day or night, 365 days a year, you can buy your medications when you have time to do so

– If carefully planned, buying medications online are the most cost effective ways to purchase medications

– A shut in or disabled person requiring medications is able to order their needed drugs online when it is far too much effort or far too costly to make a personal visit to a doctor for a prescription

Some cons of an online pharmacy are the following:

– Government authorities like the FDA have a very difficult time regulating and checking up on the amounts of certain restricted medications being sold to individuals

– Government authorities like the FDA have a very difficult time discovering where an online pharmacy is receiving its source of medications from and whether or not these sources are pure

– If the proper research is not done an online pharmacy could be selling impure medications or even sawdust packaged as a certain approved medication and thus ripping off its customers

– An online pharmacy if left unchecked and unrestricted could be shipping out medications that are possibly restricted or dangerous without a proper prescription

A person deciding to purchase medication from an online pharmacy can take several precautions to help to insure a safe, honest and positive experience using an online pharmacy and minimize the risks of ordering from an online pharmacy.

Some precautions to take are the following:

– Search online forums and consumer review sites discussing the particular online pharmacies that you are considering making a purchase from

– One idea in safety is obtaining a prescription from your doctor before ordering from an online pharmacy, and then you have some assurance that you are receiving the correct medication for your ailment

– Always examine carefully the privacy policy and the legal terms and conditions of the online store that is selling the medication before ordering

– Be positive that online pharmacy’s credit card transactions are SSL secured (the lock on the bottom of the screen is there when ordering) before ordering

– If the site you are visiting seems to have lots of missing web pages, errors, etc. this could be a sign that this site is not the most reputable for ordering medications from

– If you have a funny unsafe feeling when going through the ordering process from a particular website perhaps decide on another and/or perform some of the above tests on the site

Now it is up to you, the consumer as to whether or not you will purchase your medications from an online pharmacy or purchase your medications from a local drug store. Considering all the pros and cons a person can easily make up their minds as to which route is the best to choose. Remember precautions always minimize the risks.

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How to Approach Math Word Problems on the Pharmacy Tech Exams

The Big Secret: Don’t think about the problem until you write down all of the factors.

Sounds too easy, right? But it’s where everyone gets stuck. Start by carefully reading over the entire question from start to finish and decode the important factors. Then, go back and slowly read it again, writing down only the necessary factors. Factors aren’t just numbers, but also things like days, percent signs, p.m., or whatever will help keep things straight for you. Also, neatly write numbers below or above numbers that will be added or subtracted and set-up any fractions.

Write an Equal sign where it belongs

This is critical; the equal sign is like a trigger to our brains that we’ve been taught since 3rd grade. Now that the problem is written in terms with an equal sign in place, the light will generally go on and you’ll start working the problem. From here, the only hang-ups you may encounter are things like not knowing conversions or needing to convert to all like factors. Even if you write down the factors wrong the first time, you’ll likely see how to re-arrange them and get started.

Sloppy writing is not allowed in math:

Your success at math is contingent on writing all of the factors neatly and organized. When you come across a math word problem, the first thought that should come into your head is to grab for a piece of paper to write it out. As you jot it down, write neatly and leave yourself some space between lines.Beware: Exam writers prey on your bad habits.

When I create practice math word problems for the free practice exams, I have to think up three dummy answers. How do I do it? It may sound sadistic, but I try to consider what answers would come up if someone was sloppy. I think about things like if a factor was left out, or if someone did the equation in a rush, or their head. Exam writers who write for official exams do the same thing. After all, the exams are used to weed out unqualified applicants. If you want to pass the exam, get in the practice of writing things down completely, neatly and organized.

When you get to a question that’s a math word problem.

First, relax and know that all of the facts are in there for you to solve it. Then take a deep breath and follow these steps: Don’t try to rush or use a short-cut

Read it at least twice

Write down the only necessary factors

Put an equal sign where it belongs

Do the Math

Need some more Pharmacy Tech math practice?

For more FREE help with Pharmacy Technician Math, visit http://www.pharmacy-tech-study.com. You’ll find a complete review of math including fractions, percentage concentration calculations, algebra and much more.

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How to Get Into a Pharmacy Program: 6 Things to Focus On

The healthcare industry is vast, i.e. there are many fields you can opt for if you want a career in healthcare. One such growing field is related to pharmacy. And there are a number of institutions that provide pharmacy programs.

Here is some important information on how you can enroll in a good pharmacy program.

1. There are colleges that offer courses right after high school. You can find out about these colleges and the courses from the internet and download application forms. If you are interested, you simple fill out the form and sent it by post to the concerned college before their deadline for their next academic term. The admission requirements vary for different colleges, so must ensure understand all the requirements before going ahead with the admission process. Generally, you are required to have a GPA of around or above 2.5. Many colleges will also want applicants to have passed the Pharmacy College Admissions Test before applying.

2. If you decide to enroll into the course directly after high school you must enroll in a pre-pharmacy course. The same college may offer these “pre-professional” programs and if you meet all their requirements it is not difficult to get in.

3. Some students may prefer to complete the pre-professional courses elsewhere and then transfer to a different college for the pharmacy program. The Doctor of Pharmacy program is a four years course. If you are going to be a transfer student you must make sure your GPA score meets the college requirements. The college may also conduct an interview before finally accepting the applicant into the program.

4. On completion of the pharmacy program you will be awarded the Pharm. D or Doctor of Pharmacy degree. If you include the first two years of pre-professional training, the entire course lasts for six years. While the first two years are a pre-pharmacy course the next four years focus on professional pharmaceutical training.

5. Professions with a Pharm. D degree can continue their career in various areas such as pharmacies, drug stores, medical facilities, hospitals, departmental stores, and even general stores. The six years of training will include important topics such as use of medicines, doses and times of administering them, prescription of drugs, over-the counter-drugs, side effects of drugs, and various combinations of medications.

6. Once you successfully complete the course and receive you Pharm. D degree, the next step is to apply for a license. You can schedule a date with the pharmacy licensing board for your examination. You need this license in order to get a job and practice pharmacy. This licensure exam is known as the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination or NAPLEX and is a mandatory requirement for all pharmacists in the U.S.

These are the most essential points for you to know if you are considering pharmacy as a career option. As you have read, it is fairly easy to get into a pharmacy program as long as you meet all the needed requirements. If you are looking for a career in the healthcare industry and are unsure of your options, the pharmaceutical line may be a very good choice for you.

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Prescription for Success: The Role of the Pharmacy Call in Pharmaceutical Sales

After the countless hours of product training and skill development and relationship building, your efforts culminate when a prescription is filled at the pharmacy.

When you consider that pharmacists talk to the same physicians that you talk to, about treating the same patients that you talk about treating, it’s obvious that pharmacists play a vital role in your success.

Why wait any longer to establish or improve your relationships with pharmacists in your territory?

A licensed pharmacist is a pharmaceutical specialist. Although physicians are experts in disease diagnosis and treatment, pharmacists are experts in pharmaceutical disease management.

Many physicians rely on pharmacists to train patients to use metered-dose inhalers, blood pressure monitors and injectable medications. Physicians also assume that pharmacists will monitor potential drug-drug interactions and recommend appropriate drug substitutions.

A pharmacist is a patient care provider. He or she is a link between patients and medical professionals, and can triage routine illnesses like a cough, cold or the flu. Patients count on their pharmacist to tell them how to take their medications, what outcome to expect, and how to react if something goes wrong.

A pharmacist is a pharmaceutical sales partner. Pharmacy support is crucial for successful pull-through programs, patient education, and supplemental physician contact. A pharmacist may be able to provide information about managed care formularies and drug pricing, as well as alert you to patient questions or concerns.

Pharmacy calls are sales presentations

Successful pharmaceutical sales reps prepare and execute pharmacy calls with the same care as they approach physician calls.

Conduct basic pre-call planning to identify your goal for the call. Do you need authorization to display prescription vouchers or coupons? Do you want to inform the pharmacy staff about a new drug launch? It should only take a few minutes to mentally outline what you hope to accomplish, but those few minutes make a difference.

Begin each call with an introduction and a statement of purpose. Most people recognize you before they remember your name, so until you have developed a relationship, put the pharmacist at ease by re-introducing yourself on each call.

Get right to the point of your visit. A clear statement of purpose will help the pharmacist assess how much time they need to spend with you, and whether or not they can afford that time right now. “May I have two minutes of your time to tell you about a new indication for Hoozlefritz extended release tabs?” is more helpful to a pharmacist than, “Hi! I’m the new Hoozlefritz rep.”

Deliver your information succinctly and factually. Pharmacists do not prescribe medications and do not want to be “sold” on the merits of your product. They do, however, want to know the indication, dosing, mechanism of action (MOA), pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) profile, and occurrence of side effects. This is vital information for their consultations with physicians and patients.

Close your call by asking, “What can I do to be a resource for you and your customers?

Here are specific suggestions from pharmacists in three different settings that you are likely to encounter in your territory: retail chain, independent and hospital pharmacies.

Retail chain pharmacists’ recommendations:

Develop partnerships with pharmacists. Paul, a New York state-licensed pharmacist, points out that he and physicians and pharmaceutical reps all have the same goal: to provide excellent patient care. “We are all interdependent. The cycle starts with the drug companies and links to the physicians and the pharmacists, who link directly with the patients. We’re all in the patient care business.”

Suzanne, a licensed pharmacist in Tennessee, agrees. “My customers are the drug rep’s end customers. For both of us, “success” means making our customers healthier.”

Chain pharmacists across the country agree that pharmaceutical reps can be more effective if they DO:

o Provide the pharmacist with objective clinical information.

o Invite pharmacists to educational programs with physicians, or sponsor separate programs for their local pharmacy organization.

o Follow through on what they say they are going to do.

o Respect the pharmacist’s time.

o Offer your business card every time. Make it easy for pharmacy staff to contact you.

o Inform pharmacists of any prescription voucher, rebate or coupon programs ahead of time. This gives pharmacy staff time to learn the quirks of the program so that they can facilitate patient uptake.

Paul says, “One of the drug reps in the area launched a prior auth product in a crowded therapeutic class. I stocked her vouchers at each of my stores, and she informed her target physicians of this. Physicians appreciated the simplicity, patients were happy about getting a free trial, I benefited from the increase in customer traffic, and this rep led the country in sales.”


o Make pharmacy sales calls on Mondays or early in the morning.

o Ask a pharmacist to stock your product “to be ready for the first prescription”.

o Ask a pharmacist for confidential information, such as, “Which doctors are writing my product?”

Independent pharmacists’ recommendations:

Masood runs a small chain of independent pharmacies in southern California. To him, respect is the most important element of a sales call. “Some reps think that because I am not a big name chain that I am not as important, or maybe they do not need to be polite with me. But that is not the way to think of it. I am very busy here, with many customers every day. The smart reps know that I am a big business for them in this city.”

Consensus of independent pharmacists is that reps will be more successful if they DO:

o Provide NDC #’s.

o Understand that pharmacy customers are the first priority. Be patient.

o Educate the pharmacist about potential side effects.

o Ask for the opportunity to schedule an educational lunch presentation.

o Treat independent pharmacists as well as they treat chain pharmacists.

“I’ve worked in both settings, and I’ve seen a lot of drug reps overlook independent pharmacies”, says Alan, a pharmacist in Wisconsin. “Maybe they think that because we’re small we’re not “real” pharmacists. But we have the same educational background, and we have the same interactions with doctors and patients as any other licensed pharmacist.”


o Ask for confidential information.

o Ask a pharmacist to stock your product without a prescription.

o “Sell” the pharmacist.

Hospital pharmacists’ recommendations:

A hospital pharmacy may serve only inpatients, only outpatients, or a blend of the two. Inpatient pharmacies are usually restricted to stocking products that are on the hospital formulary. Hospital-based outpatient pharmacies operate like any other retail pharmacies. They are not usually restricted to the hospital formulary.

Tim is a hospital pharmacist in Maine who welcomes drug reps. “Reps are a great source of information for me. I know that if I tell a rep that a patient had an unusual reaction to their drug, the rep is going to pass that on to their company to investigate. Drug companies are highly motivated to check it out and follow up, which helps me serve my customers better.”

Recommendations for pharmaceutical reps when calling on hospital pharmacies. DO:

o Ask about scheduling an educational lunch presentation.

o Ask for information about the formulary process; offer yourself as a resource for information.

o Ask about the schedule for the hospital P&T committee.

o Know your drug. Be prepared to clarify and support any information that is included in your product PI.


o Ask for a list of physicians who are on the P&T committee.

o Pressure the pharmacist to stock product without a prescription.

o Make a sales call without a clear reason for the call.

Which brings us back to the bottom line: Pharmacy calls are sales presentations. And just like prescriber calls, pharmacy calls are powerful tools to improve patient care and drive your business.

If you make the effort to develop productive relationships, you will find that every pharmacist in your territory is an extra person on your sales team!

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The Pharmacy School Interview With Actual Interview Questions

The pharmacy school interview is an integral part of the application process as the admission staff, who already knows everything about you on paper, will finally be able to see how you will fit into their program. This is also your time to interview each pharmacy school, so be prepared to ask questions you may have about their program.

Most pharmacy schools do a good job of making the interview session as comfortable and non-stressful as possible. Usually current pharmacy school students will greet you and make conversation with you. Take full advantage of this opportunity to loosen yourself up and practice your speaking skills. By this time you should have already completed your speech requirement, so now is the time to make use of what you have learned in the classroom!

Prepare yourself by familiarizing yourself with what you wrote on your personal statement essay. In addition, it is a good idea to have a general idea on what kind of questions are going to be asked.

As soon as you meet your interviewers, take the initiative to build rapport / spark up a mini conversation (crazy traffic this morning, beautiful day, etc). Smile and split eye contact between all your interviewers as much as possible when you are speaking and keep eye contact on the person asking the questions.

Some General Interview Questions

1. Tell me about yourself

2. What was your favorite/most difficult course in college?

3. Who is your greatest role model?

4. What is a negative aspect about yourself? How have you worked on making it better?

5. Describe a moment you felt proud an accomplishment.

6. Why our pharmacy program?

7. What do you want to do after you graduate?

8. What do you do in your free time?

9. Why pharmacy, why not research or medicine?

10. What got you interested in pharmacy?

11. What are the most important attributes of a pharmacist?

12. What makes you stand out among other applicants?

13. What got you interested in pharmacy?

14. Give us an example of your leadership ability.

15. Is there anything you would change about your undergraduate experience?

16. Describe the importance of understanding diversity as a pharmacist.

17. What is the most positive aspect of pharmacy?

18. Give us an example of when you used your creativity to solve a problem.

19. What makes you unique?

20. Where will you be in 5 / 10 years?

21. Anything else we should know about you? YES, [list other positive aspects about you]

Be familiar with topics in health care and ongoing changes to pharmacy practice as you may be asked to give your opinion or specific questions on some of the major events that are going on now.

Other questions may be hypothetical questions that place you in a ‘difficult’ or ethical situation where you will need to discuss your course of action. There is usually no right or wrong answer, but make sure you are paying close attention to the question being asked so that you don’t miss anything. Take a moment to think over your answer before starting to speak.

I personally bought a book to have the correct mindset and strategy to answer even the toughest interview questions. I think this really helped me to nail my interviews. Check my Pharmacy School Interview Lens for a link to actual interview feedback and questions from each pharmacy school.

Don’t stress out, you’ll be just fine for your interviews!!

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