Several week s ago I saw an article on the Drug Topics web-site about consumers in North Dakota wanting to change a state law that requires that pharmacies to be owned (at least 51 percent) by pharmacists. The big box stores and the North Dakota Healthcare Association are pushing to have that law revoked.
I encourage* Mike Schwab and the other members of the North Dakota Pharmacists Association to keep up the fight. Decisions about the business of pharmacy should be made by pharmacists (with the input of business advisors), not by business guys with no pharmacist input.
For far too long, the pharmacy associations have sat on their collective butts while the profession has been totally screwed by corporations. The profession has been hijacked from the professionals who practice it.
In my opinion, more states should follow North Dakota ’s lead and put the professionals back in charge of the profession.
This, my friends, is what a pharmacist’s association should do for its members. North Dakota Pharmacist’s Association….. you’ve got balls. Keep up the good fight.
*- I also applaud and commend the NDPA for their actions (does that sound like something the APhA would put on its web-site?)