Welcome to The Supermarket Pharmacist’s blog!
I’m a pharmacy manager in a large urban supermarket that is part of a national chain. Over the coming weeks and months, I’ll be taking a look at a variety of departments in this typical supermarket and offering my insight into some of impact it may have on your health, or little known background info, or good pharmacy-related nutrition data, or perhaps just a great big rant about some aggravating thing I spot walking down the aisle.
I’ve been a pharmacist all of my life! Not quite, in truth, but I was the kid down in the basement experimenting with my chemistry set, adding to it, and even blowing up a few things. I only remember one visit from the cops. I was about 12 years old and decided it would be cool to write my name in the street, making letters two feet tall, in cursive gunpowder. It was quite impressive when I touched it off and the sparks flew into the air leaving a charred “CarlLabbe” etched into the blacktop. Master criminal signs his work! Officer friendly came to house and gave me a stern warning about the use of gunpowder on city streets and advised that I move on to less disruptive uses for my experiments. Yes sir! Today, those activities would land me on some kind of domestic terrorist watch list!
That kid evolved into the modern supermarket pharmacist you see here today. I’ve had many adventures in and out of pharmacy and worked in a variety of settings through the years. I’m taking that background and bringing my perspective on the supermarket shopping experience to the web. I think my natural sense of wonder and my interests in various specific pharmacy topics will give the reader some new insights into what they find in the supermarket aisles where they shop for food, beauty supplies, personal hygiene items, drugs, and other products.