CellaighGood Grief...............Fri Sep 5, 2008 19:59188.8.131.52 (XFF: 184.108.40.206)www.syracuse.com
>>>State lets druggists vaccinate customers
>by James T. Mulder
>Friday September 05, 2008, 4:16 PM
>New Yorkers will soon be able to get flu and pneumonia vaccine shots from their pharmacists under the terms of a bill >signed into law today by Gov. David Paterson.
>The law, passed by the Legislature in June, makes New York the 49th state allowing pharmacists to administer >immunizations. The measure takes effect in December.
>The state medical society fought for about 10 years to block efforts by pharmacists to get authority to immunize. The >bill passed this year because of strong support from health departments in New York City and Erie County where >immunization rates in some neighborhoods are low.
>See Saturday's Post-Standard for more details<<<
There is so much wrong with this & so much @ risk here.
**Are the pharmacists required to take a full health history? Even if they do, they are certainly not educated enough nor licensed to have any decision-making skills regarding contraindications, risks, etc.
**Are they actually trained to perform surgery?? (By definition, breaking the skin during a "medical procedure" is considered "surgery").
**Who does one file a lawsuit against when a vaccine negligently administered by a pharmacist causes damage or death in a 'patient' who is not ACTUALLY a 'patient' of Rite-Aid or Walgreens or Wal-Mart, etc.....
**What's the record from the other 48 states? Just because we don't read about negligence & damage from pharmacist-administered vaccines in the headlines doesn't mean it's not happening.
Wow. Way to go, Paterson. You're really looking out for our best interests. (Oh, wait - I mean you're really looking out for the drug companies' best interests.... yeah, that's it)....... Brilliance Strikes Again.