Dear Editor

The point-of-care-testing Sonia Collins described in her innovations article is NOT a ‘promise’ by any means.  It is a cluster-fuck.  Furthermore, our “huge responsibility as pharmacists and as a profession” is to dispense medications written by medically trained doctors.  I do not, and will never feel, the need “to demonstrate that (we) have this skill set“.  If I wanted to perform Strep tests on walk-in pharmacy customers complaining of a sore throat, I WOULD’VE GONE TO MEDICAL SCHOOL.

Such innovations require increased staff AND training – none of which any retailer will adequately commit to.  Instead, we pharmacists would be cattle-called to the District Office, given a Power Point presentation on proper technique, and swab the gross saliva of the person to our left.  Then we would be instructed on how to work such innovations into our budgeted hours.  That, Ms. Collins, is NOT proper patient care.  That is a cluster-fuck.

A concerned retail pharmacist

No, that letter  was never sent to the editor.  Actually, the damn professional journal I found that article in didn’t even have a designated section for such responses.  I wonder why?

As a rule, I rarely write letters/comments about articles I’ve read.  And, testimonials… .  Well, everyone knows how much I love testimonials.

However, I do look forward to reading the Letters to the Editor section of every magazine I receive on a scheduled basis.  It’s just fun.  Some letters are quite eloquent, definitely following the ‘How to write a … ‘ link below.  Others, like the ficticious offering above, can be a heated, rambling mess; foul language often included.  Regardless of the content, Letters to the Editor are a hoot to read.

How to write a Letter to the Edtor

Vanity Fair often focuses on  influential individuals and tackles controversial, yet interesting subject matter. Since the reader base is quite affluent, the letters responding to the articles are similar in nature.  Added bonus, Editor Graydon Carter writes his own ‘forward‘ in every issue.  Wonderfully done.

In a recent issue of SKIING, several comments to a recently published article were included.  The readers did NOT click that link before penning their letter.  Heated.  Very heated.  But, the editor of the magazine AND the author of the article apologized if the content of said article was ‘taken in the wrong way’.   That was a fun little read.

Lastly, Entertainment Weekly is always good for highlighting the views of their readers.  This is actually the exception to my ‘rule’.  On numerous occasions, I have sent a quick e-mail to EW, praising their great strides to recognize both Indie and main stream authors.  In the past, the Books section of the weekly magazine has been minimal.  That has changed.  Kudos! And, thanks.  Though I’m still waiting for the cover of my book to be the center of  The Bullseye!


Adam Thomas

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