Directly Speaking

Directly Speaking - What Lies Ahead in 2017?

Well, 2016 is over, thank goodness! Things got pretty crazy last year, and while our hope is for a better, safer, quieter 2017, my guess it that’s just an optimistic hope that could be shattered early and often. We at ICHP have a lot of projec... Read More

Directly Speaking - Does Your Doctor’s Office Have Its Own Pharmacist?

It should! And if they don’t, are you doing anything about it? Most academic medical centers have placed pharmacists in physician clinics to add an important component to the team that already exists. Soon, if they haven’t already, many mor... Read More

Directly Speaking - Attention PTCB Certified Technicians!!!

If the title of this month’s column got your attention, chances are, you’re a PTCB certified tech or someone who works with one or more of them. And that’s great! Because I want to share some important information that should convince... Read More

Directly Speaking - Reflections on 9/11

I’m writing this month’s column a few days in advance of the 15th anniversary of the attack on September 11, 2001. First it’s hard to believe that it has been 15 years already. I heard the other day that this year’s high school ... Read More

Directly Speaking - Support the PTCE!

Many of you already know this, but ICHP is one of the founders and owners of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, Inc. (PTCB). However, because PTCB has been around now for more than 20 years and has certified more than 585,000 pharmacy technic... Read More

Directly Speaking - It’s Time for Legislative Courage

Legislative courage seems to be a substance in shortage in today’s world. To say I’m disappointed, disgusted and disheartened is an understatement. And I don’t blame one party or the other, I blame our elected officials as a whole. ... Read More

Directly Speaking - Give it away, sell it, recycle it or worst case, throw it out!

If you’ve read my columns over the past six issues, you know my father passed away last January at the age of 89. What I haven’t shared is that my 90 year old mother, God bless her, is still with us and within a month of my Dad’s pass... Read More

Directly Speaking - ICHP Opens Its Advocacy Center

Jim Owen, ICHP’s Legislative Consultant in Springfield, and I have preached, pleaded and begged you, ICHP’s members, to get involved legislatively for years. We’ve asked you to contact your State Representative or State Senator or bot... Read More

Directly Speaking - Letters I Hate and Love to Sign!

Every month, I have chosen to personally sign letters that go to members whose memberships have expired. The letter is polite and aimed at coaxing these members back into the fold. And fortunately, that often happens! The letter is a gentle reminder th... Read More

Directly Speaking - License Renewal Time Is Here!

March is a special month for many of us. It hosts St. Patrick’s Day, March Madness, often Easter and Passover, the first signs of spring and license renewal for pharmacy technicians and students annually and pharmacists and pharmacies every other... Read More

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