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Capitol Hill Pharmacist “Walks Back” Comment October 12, 2017

Posted by geoff in News.
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A Dr. Michael Kim, pharmacist to many members of Congress, caused quite the furor with this comment yesterday:

At first it’s cool, and then you realize, I’m filling some drugs that are for some pretty serious health problems as well. And these are the people that are running the country,” Grubb’s Pharmacy’s Dr. Michael Kim told STAT News, reportedly citing treatments for conditions like diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

After the media released the hounds he had to walk back his statement. A bit.

But Kim underscored that he had “no personal knowledge of any members with Alzheimer’s.”

“But even if I did, I could not tell you or anyone else because of privacy laws,” Kim wrote in the email. “I never said that anyone actually had Alzheimer’s. The comment was taken out of context during a lighthearted conversation and was a broad comment made in a hypothetical nature.”

So what he didn’t say was that he hadn’t prescribed Alzheimer’s meds to anyone from Congress.

Pharmacists aren’t usually privy to the diagnosis, so his walk back is completely meaningless.

Smart guy.

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1. Jimbro - October 12, 2017

1. Pharmacists don’t prescribe any medications. They’re in the dispensing business. That being said, it’s pretty easy for them to put 2 and 2 together and know exactly what conditions their customers have.
2. They are very knowledgeable about the prescriptions they dispense and doctors frequently consult with them to get things right for their patients.
3. Pharmacist Michael Kim is a horse’s ass

2. geoff - October 12, 2017

…it’s pretty easy for them to put 2 and 2 together and know exactly what conditions their customers have.

Especially w/Alzheimer’s, where there are only 5 drugs and they don’t really have any other uses. But since he doesn’t officially know the diagnosis, he has plausible deniability. Which he exploited effectively.

Pharmacist Michael Kim is a horse’s ass

He was pretty careless, though he stopped short of violating confidentiality.

But I think his customer base is going to be severely eroded.


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