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Olympic Pharmacy


With the Olympics in full swing and reading the article below, I was recalling my experience in Olympic Pharmacy.

I was fortunate to be one of the pharmacists for the athletes for the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.   We set up clinics and pharmacies at each Olympic village.   It was a memorable experience on a number of levels that has made me a fan of the Olympic movement, despite the commercialization of the games since that time.  Most of the athletes are there to compete out of pure joy of sport.  That dynamic produces a magical atmosphere, I wish could put into words.  Truly wonderful.  I have been to five Olympics since then as a spectator and that magic is palpable at each.  Would love to be in London but perhaps next time.

From a managed care pharmacy perspective, we worked with the Olympic Organizing Committee to establish a single formulary for the world.  That’s right — We were able to come up with a single formulary for the WORLD!  (Que up "We are the world…")  There were no non-formulary requests at all.  If the team physicians wanted to give athletes something other than what was on the formulary, they could not (at least not in the clinics).   The experience was one of the highlights in my career, that I recall fondly every four years.  


Looking forward to more highlights. Cheers.


Olympic Medicine

David S. Jones, M.D., Ph.D.

N Engl J Med 2012; 367:289-292July 26, 2012

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