Skip to main content

The Honest Apothecary

What? Why Was My Prescription Rescheduled?

by Jason Poquette

It has only happened a couple times in the course of my 20+ year pharmacy career.  And now it has happened two times in less than two months.  I am talking about the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) decision to reschedule tramadol as of August 18, 2014 and now hydrocodone combination products (HCP) as of October 6, 2014. 

Many patients have been asking questions about this.  I’m going to try and explain what happened and how it is likely to impact you.

Hobby Lobby and the Politics of Prevention

 

By Jason Poquette, Bpharm, R.Ph

I’ve never been a big fan of heated political debates.  On my blog I much prefer to focus on topics that provide helpful resources to patients and health care professionals alike.  But the recent Supreme Court decision about Hobby Lobby and their right to not cover certain forms of contraception has received so much attention that silence seems impossible.  Since the issue largely revolves around contraceptive products, which are pharmaceuticals, it would seem appropriate that a pharmacist should say something. 

CVS Quits Smoking - Should You?

by Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

In a virtually unprecedented move among the largest retail pharmacy chains in our country, CVS pharmacy recently announced it would discontinue the sale of tobacco products by the end of this year.  The move is predicted to take upwards of 2 billion dollars of revenue out of their stores.  Though that is less than 2% of their total operating budget, a couple billion dollars is a pretty significant figure nonetheless.

Is Marijuana Really Good Medicine for Massachusetts?

by Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

Our current culture seems crazy about cannabis.  Access to this supposed “wonder weed” is spreading throughout the country, with 20 states now legalizing the purchase for medical purposes, two of which allow the sale for recreational use.  Massachusetts voted in November of 2012 to join the fray, and recently gave official approval to 20 not-for-profit businesses to operate dispensaries for marijuana in the Commonwealth.