January is the cruelest month — for pharmacists

In January the hope of self-betterment shimmers in the air. Fresh off recent New Year’s resolutions, we feel strengthened and empowered — to yell at our local pharmacist.

The rebooting of their insurance plan’s deductible comes as a nasty January surprise for many people. Thwarting aims of 2016 austerity, they translate to higher out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs and at the doctor’s office, at least until the annual limit on deductibles is hit and the insurance company picks up some or all of the cost.

“Nobody likes to be a pharmacist or a patient in January,” said Maria Mantione, a practicing pharmacist and director of the St.

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