Fortune favors the bold (pharmacist)

November 1st, 2023

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Another month, another round of pharmacist walkouts - this time CVS and Walgreens pharmacists team up. But have you heard of walkouts at a pharmacy conference?

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Fortune favors the bold (pharmacist)

TL;DR - Due to a few viral tweets from pharmacists, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) organization withdrew their invitation to a contentious keynote speaker for their upcoming conference.

Long time readers of the newsletter (this is only the 2nd post lol) might remember the inaugural post inspired by the CVS walkouts in Kansas City. Those walkouts inspired three days of walkouts by Walgreens pharmacists across the entire US. Now CVS and Walgreens pharmacists team up and are walking out again on Oct 30th - Nov 1st. I can’t imagine why they would do such as thing, he writes sarcastically (see chart below).

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If you’re not on X (formerly Twitter), you occasionally miss out on some pharmacy drama. This time the barrel was aimed at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) organization. The ACCP chose a contentious keynote speaker (due to opinions on COVID) for their upcoming conference. Shockingly, after a few viral pharmacist tweets threatening conference walkouts and speaker resignations, the ACCP withdrew their invitation to the keynote speaker, Dr. Vinay Prasad. The ACCP also made a public statement aimed to clarify “the board was not involved in the selection Dr. Prasad”.

But wait, there’s more!

You think the author of 2 books, 450+ peer review articles, podcast host, public speaker, and writer with 40,000+ subscribers on Substack was going to stay silent? Think again. Vinay claims “ACCP’s executive director, Michael S. Maddux, approached me to speak at their event”. Folks - looks like we’ve got another classic case of he said, she said.

And one more thing.

America´s favorite ophthalmologist comedian, Dr. Glaucomflecken, takes a moment to comment on the situation saying, “the last thing they [ACCP] want is controversy”. Why would Dr. G get involved? These two have an ongoing internet beef going back to the beginning of COVID. So you already know Vinay would respond back to Dr. G.

In summary, pharmacists are speaking up and taking matters into their own hands. Whether you agree with their opinions or not, it is refreshing to see pharmacists engaged and having their voices heard. Be like them - go and be bold today.

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