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The American Drug Index is good

Posted By: updated every year nm on 2006-02-15
In Reply to: Quick Look Drug Book - NCMT


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Quarterly Drug Index, NM
Good drug book vs. internet drug sites
I need to buy a new drug book.  At a prior job, about a year ago, one of the supervisors told me she used the internet exclusively.  What's the consensus and if you prefer the internet, which site or sites do you like.  Thanks in advance.
Here's a good drug web site for you
Need a good drug book
My friend and I need to buy a new up-to-date brand name and generic drug book.  I need the opinion of some good ones to look at and maybe buy. Thanks
I wonder if the cherry pickers will be out of work when all the good speaking American doctors are
Gee, I will still be working because I'm grasping these ESLs pretty dang good, right along with ops and cardiology reports.
Post drug questions on the drug board
Unions may be good for workers short-term, but look what has happened to American car union workers.
They priced themselves out of the market while making an inferior product. Ford and GM are now junk bonds. I'm driving a Toyota. So if that's un-American just like shopping at a non-union store like Walmart, well you can talk to whoever is in charge of wages and taxes who have created this monster where even middle-class has very little extra money to support a union store where the employees are paid well and you pay the price in the product they sell. I can't afford it.

Okay...sock it to me..when I was even newer than I am now, I wrote "drug alluding stent."  QA sent a correction saying "drug eluding stent."  NOW, I see on Google, "drug eluting stent."  SOoooo, which is it, or are they both correct?  Thanks ahead of time.

Help on the drug board--osteoporosis drug?
Sorry..........thanks in advance, I appreciate it. 
he is not American on what was an American site
What we post, jobs posted, and those who are posting jobs have no way of knowing it is off shore because he is hiding it - what a great way to get more of our jobs - not sure why this does not bother you. But as an American it bothers me

temp+heat index= HOT!
Heat index here Sunday (according to National Weather Service) was 126! 97 temp and 77% humidity = 126. Not sure how they got that figure, but it was during the county fair parade, and some high school kids marching barely made it the 3 mile route. Kids and I escaped to a movie theater!
Considering the heat index is 107 here today....
Shorts and a tank top work for a lot here today. I myself wear shorts and tank tops that I find from DKNY, Liz Claiborne, etc. So they aren't junior clothing and are appropriate. Just because I am 47 doesn't mean that I need to put a sack over my head or this body which is in great shape, considering I've had four children, and a hysterectomy. Still a size 8 and will continue to be a size 8. :)
this is insane.  when you see who is running this - the person whose claim to fame is actually making the medical transcription business what it is today, boasting over 400,000 MTs. 

now she is trying to what, cut that workforce down by maybe more than half. 

this is an extremely aggressive push for mobile healthcare and point-of service care, which from what I see completely eliminates the need for people at all, period. 

does anyone know, please, is there a future for us in this picture.  is there anyone working with these people to help preserve our jobs in some form at least? 

where do we write, who do we talk to?  this person also used to run the AAMT, and now has jumped ship for the opportunity to make probably millions for front-running this technology.  does she even consider the 400,000 MTs (in this country alone) losing their livelihood.  does she care? 

95 with heat index of 100, but hope
is on the way, cool front due tomorrow with lows in the 50s and highs in the 80s.
It's my right index finger-- tightens up - nm
Medical Phrase Index. nm
Anyone have a med phrase index book for sale?
I'm signed up with Andrews and am quite a ways into it but they still haven't sent the Lorenzini Medical Phrase Index, and I'm tired of waiting.  Tired of them not sending back tests, too.  Wish I had gone to M-Tec now.
Medical Phrase Index by Lorenzini...nm
Medical Phrase Index - priceless
PMIC Medical Phrase Index by (sm)

Jean A. Lorenzini & Laura Lorenzini Ley.  The fifth edition is a burgundy hardback.  It used to be navy blue years ago.  See link for a pic.  I have this and love it!!!!! 


Medical Phrase Index is a necessity. sm
It is the easiest to use, covers many many words from many specialities, and I use mine every day.
As far as specialties, Stedman's makes reference books for pretty much every speciality.
Also, I use my Stedman's Medical&Surgical words a lot even though I'm not doing surgery charts; you'd be amazed how much you need to know just for a patient's past history!
I prefer the Drake&Drake Pharmaceutical Word Book, but everybody has their own preferences for drug references.
Get some index card to write acct specifics on,


I second the Medical Phrase Index, best reference I had when I started out, NM
My number 1 recommendation is the Medical Phrase Index by Lorenzini sm
and would also recommend Stedman's Abbreviations and Labs - these are all more generic since you are doing a variety. It would be best if you could eventually get Stedman's Cardio and other specialities...but I highly recommend Medical Phrase Index for newer transcriptionists - it helped me tremendously in the beginning
The site tells me to change an index.html code to access. Dunno what that is??? nm
Not to change the subject.. but in Medical Phrase Index, debride doesn't have an accent mark. nm
Stedman's phrase book vs. Medical Phrase Index? sm
I'm debating between the newest edition of the MPI versus the Stedman's phrase book. Have had experience with the MPI, but not the Stedman's one. Is Stedman's worth it?
the american way
it's always someone else's fault. forget she was drunk, forget she was trusting her life to a complete stranger, forget there is no evidence to hold other suspects, it couldn't possibly have anything to do with natalee and her mother's bad decisions. or could it?
Might as well, they certainly are not the AMERICAN
They not only sold us out to the highest bidder, now they are courting the very people they gave our jobs away to.  I can't wait until this organization just self-destructs.  They have done NOTHING for us except take our money.  They are useless. 
are you an American???
you're kind of making a bit of a generalization here, the implication would be that all American workers are the same. I think you're getting a little carried away with the generalization and if you are American you have to lump yourself right in there
Yes I am an American
Yes, I probably would lump myself in there with the Americans that are lazy, as my expectations are very high, but I must mention that I am also a hard worker that does not come on this board to say "I can't make any money because the Indians are taking my jobs".  You say what you want, but that is just another excuse for us to be lazy.  Give up?  NEVER!  I am lucky in that my resume is packed to the limit.  Every job I have applied to, I get a response, which is pretty darn good considering these jobs are up for grabs to anyone in the U.S.  So, yes I guess I am lazy, because I will no longer test or take 6 cpl.  I will however accept 8-9 cpl because I do not have to leave my house, and the work is easy (for me anyway).  I already have two accounts that I do solely for myself (18 years of experience here), and I have to be responsible for all of the inquiries (which are not QA issues, they are archiving issues or STAT reports needed), keep my own records, make invoices, and also go and pick-up/drop-off the work.  Both of these accounts pay very, very well (I've cut out the middleman/the MTSO).  I am the MTSO.  So, yes, I speak from a lot of experience.  And, yes, I am American 100%, and yes I still think that sitting around complaining is not going to get us anywhere!  JMHO!    I have to hand it to India to be smart enough to get in on a good thing!  I guess they can't be lacking too much! 
Since I am American
My first concern is and will be USA jobs - If the India MT is getting screwed over - as you put it, then they can begin their own little MT riot over there. I for one will not worry about over seas workers - seems like our government does enough of that for me. I will continue to put my energy here on US soil. Sorry if that offends you - but I have kids that will need jobs at some point in the future, and if they go over seas I would like it to be for pleasure not work or war.
This one is American
born and bred and thoroughly grossed me out. I was lucky enough to get several of his reports today - sucking snot up his nose every 2 seconds. Say a few words, suck some snot -- gross!!!
They took American out of the name...
I assume because they offer international membership now, although I think they always did.
Well, there is no way American MTs can
compete with the rates in India. It will not be too many years before we are out of MT work in America.
Absolutely not - I am just an American MT. sm

Personally, I have no complaints with them.  I am paid on time all the time by direct deposit and no one bothers me. I work as an IC, do my job, and get paid.  I work on 2 accounts and contracted only for certain worktypes, and that was fine with them. 

I know all about the "India thing" and to be honest, I don't care.  They have taken our jobs, the hospitals don't care they want cheaper rates, so why fight it.  If you can't beat them, join them.  That is what I decided to do, and so far they are not so bad. 

Everyone has different experiences for different reasons. I am just giving mine so far.  If it changes or if things get bad or someone is out of line and arrogant, or whatever, I will be sure to let you all know ASAP.

I am not saying this company is for everyone, but it is fine for me as an IC part-time backup job.


Yep, there is definitely that American "attitude" you

Getting anything done, that goes with cashiers, phone reps, you name it.  Indians have a different way about them, theyre tone is completely different, no airs about them, just want to serve you. 

I actually had THE RUDEST grocery cashier help me out last week, so bad I almost didnt want to go back there after going there two years.  First of all, his tone, very sarcastic, and like he was speaking through his nose at me.  So I of course take on the same tone.  Then at the end of our cold encounter, he asks me, dripping with sarcasm "Is there anything else I can do for you ma'am?"  I know this sounds innocent when typed here, but the tone could have made your ears bleed.  So I figure just to keep up this horrible exchange, yes, there was something more.  So I asked for a pack of cigarettes, which he would have to walk across the store to get because they keep them under lock and key.  He sighs dramatically, looks at me and goes "Huh?" ...i repeated, using the same exact tone.  Just the whole thing felt like someone was trying drag my self esteem over gravel, it really ruins your day when you have people like this serving you with bad attitudes.  If youre not good with people, get the heck out of customer service. 

And what would that amount to American?
American as apple pie
Many years ago I heard someone quote a prophetic statement - "The East shall look to the West and the West shall look to the East."   I just never thought I would live to see such a rapid switch in my time.  Let's see, we have Bush who sports an all American personna.  I can't begin to count how many times he uses the word(s)  "American way of life,"  yet never in the history of this country are we seeing hundreds of thousands of jobs in America in all fields given away to the far East and China.  Even our military, the Navy, is considering having their fleets built in China!  We fight a war with much of it under private contractors, we send our private information to third world countries but our leaders are touting the Privacy Information Act, huh?   How can I support my president in his "all American as-apple-pie" agenda when he has demonstrated no regard for the American worker, our healthcare mess, or our jobs?   The front door looks good, but the back door is something else.   We work for big corrupt unethical corporations who require us, in our case,  the lowly transcriptionist, to declare our integrity, and almost every day we hear scandal after scandal from these mega corporations who only get a slap on the hand for their unethical practices.   I don't know about you, but it does bother me to work for or with a company that has no integrity.   I'm not saying I work for one now, but it bothers me that so many people have to do so to keep food on the table. 
American-based here!
I have nothing to hide from anyone, American or otherwise.
It has been on the news that our own government is offshoring IRS returns. I guess my point is what difference does it make from a "secrecy" point. There are gossips and big mouths in every country and if they want to harm you then can. I just don't see where this is an issue.

Now the issue of offshoring, taking jobs away from Americans by our politicians via NAFTA is a whole different subject. That matters a great deal and I wish I could personally offshore every politician's job. Could Ravar Singh in India be any worse than these crooked politicians? And we know he works cheaper some we can count on our taxes going down we pay to support these lying theiving politicians.
you are not seeing the big picture here for american MT's
Anyone can start a board, site.

What kept me here was their true dedication to US the American medical transcriptionists. Everyone is selling is out left and right.

If we dont stand up for ourselves we will be working for 4 cents a line.

All of the insulting offshoring companies in the GLOBAL NETWORKING COMMUNITY are now LAUGHING at us.

Do you think that is funny?

I don't think it is funny.

I think we've been sold out.

We are cheap labor. Nothing to bargain for.

All of your years of knowledge now count for NOTHING.

Good luck to you in the new global network.
Ok, you said the *American* Hospital ...
in France, hence run by Americans? Or is that just the name...sounds kinda contradictory to the point you were trying to make. 
American Idol
I missed the first 6 minutes.  What did I miss???
American Idol

I think, BY FAR, the guys are better this year. Of course, I thought that last year too...Bo was robbed!

Anyway, I just love Taylor...there's just something about him that is genuine and warm, I don't know, I hope he wins! 

What are your thoughts? Who's outta there tonight? I think either Kevin or Will...sorry to say, cause they're both cuties!

As for the girls,  eehh...who cares? They just aren't...as Randy says...bringing it this year...nuff about them.

Ace is hot , Chris is just plain good ...but Taylor's still my pick!

American Idol
Taylor is something else - but so is Chris - he sang "Broken" like he really felt it last night. I am for either of them winning - as for the girls - Mandisa has it handsdown.
American Idol...sm

Ok, last night's show...

First, I can't believe that Kevin dodged the bullet and got into the top 12...but I'm glad, he seems like such a sweet kid.  Kinda figured Will would go, but I liked Gedeon too.

I'm glad Ayla (sp?) got the boot, didn't like her.  She was snotty!   Kinnik was nothing special either, so guess she had to go too.

As for Bo's performance, I don't know...he seemed kinda off or something.

Now it gets good...the top 12...who's your pick to win?  Mine's Taylor...or maybe Chris!

Average age of American MT's
This article says age 48 is the average, and I have to agree.