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Publication type: Journal Article

Business outlook 2000: here we come!
Drug Topics 1999 Dec 6; 143:76-78, 80, 82, 87-88, 90, 93-9


The business outlook for pharmacy was assessed in a survey conducted by postal questionnaire in a random sample of 1981 pharmacy decision makers, including 1000 hospital, 750 independent, and 231 chain headquarter executives, selected from the circulation lists of Drug Topics and Hospital Pharmacist Report. The response rate was 29% for independents, 14% for chains, and 23% for hospitals. Chain and independent respondents indicated that 1999 was a better yr for business than 1998 and that they expected business in 2000 to be similar to that in 1999. Most hospital respondents looked back favorably on 1999, but their outlook for 2000 was not as positive. Most respondents were optimistic about their professional future. Independent and chain executives believed that homeopathic and herbal preparations would be their best selling products in 2000. Two-thirds of chain respondents and 36% of independents indicated that direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs favorably impacted their practices. Most chain respondents, but only 5% of independents and 34% of hospitals, had plans for automated dispensing in the yr 2000. Internet Websites were established by 17% of independents and 81% of chain stores. Most independent and chain stores have embraced pharmacist care.


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Far too large a section of the treatment of disease is to-day controlled by the big manufacturing pharmacists, who have enslaved us in a plausible pseudo-science...
The blind faith which some men have in medicines illustrates too often the greatest of all human capacities - the capacity for self deception...
Some one will say, Is this all your science has to tell us? Is this the outcome of decades of good clinical work, of patient study of the disease, of anxious trial in such good faith of so many drugs? Give us back the childlike trust of the fathers in antimony and in the lancet rather than this cold nihilism. Not at all! Let us accept the truth, however unpleasant it may be, and with the death rate staring us in the face, let us not be deceived with vain fancies...
we need a stern, iconoclastic spirit which leads, not to nihilism, but to an active skepticism - not the passive skepticism, born of despair, but the active skepticism born of a knowledge that recognizes its limitations and knows full well that only in this attitude of mind can true progress be made.
- William Osler 1909