It’s coming to my fourth year in blogging. In 2019, I don’t feel I have written any post that is exceptionally well. But I continue to blog, usually at least once a week. Sometimes, it’s from a need to summarize clinical information. In many occasions, the idea came from my day-to-day practice.
Here are the 3 posts (that I wrote in 2019) and got to most traffics in 2019:
- OHIP Plus Changes Coming… April 2019
- The End of Hydrochlorothiazide
- Here’s why you can’t use DOAC in patients with Mechanical Heart Valves
But here are 3 of my favourites posts in 2019, even though they did not get the most traffic:
- Reflecting my 20 years of Pharmacy Career
- Giving Liquid Medications to Kids – My Three Tips
- 10 Things to know about Hypothyroidism
The traffic to my blog has been steady and I have over 1000 followers now. Unlike my previous years, I didn’t really get to collaborate with other media outlets or entrepreneurs as much. I also wrote on ThriveGlobal or Medium but for the most part, I only had time this year to blog in this space. I got to write a book review for Alex Barker’s new book, Indispensable and I also got to share many of my posts on the Canadian Healthcare Network. I am grateful for these opportunities.
My Predictions & Goals for 2020:
I have been thinking about my goals for 2020. I don’t think I could think of any hard goals yet but my general vision is to follow more from my heart and my right brain more than from my logical brain. Pharmacists are trained to utilize the logical brain. Historically we have not been well nurtured on the creative sides. That is why we tend to struggle in times of unpredictability. In this difficult time for pharmacists, we need to think outside the box of how we can evolve our career before we get consumed by Amazon and other corporate industries. We need to take risks. We need to learn from other fields. But one thing that will not change is that we are the experts in medication knowledge. We need to keep this up well so that we continue to provide value within the health care team.
In terms of my predictions, I think we will continue to be haunted by the NDMA mess that we will eventually discover in many medications that are manufactured off shore. Health Canada will continue to follow the leads from FDA and make very conservative decisions that will impact on patient access to important medications.
My passion to follow the journey in National Pharmacare will continue. I am not naive that this will not be easy for Canadians but there is something fundamentally right that we should all stand up for. But instead of focusing on negotiating the cheapest prices, we should focus on optimal prescribing. There is so much room we can do to make prescribing safer, more efficient and cost effective. Everyone has a part to play in responsible prescribing of medications.
Anyways, this will be my last post for 2019 and I look forward to what 2020 will bring. Happy New Year and thank you for all the loyal supporters and readers of my blog. I will continue to share my drugopinions in 2020.