The Corporate PharmD Origin Story

As soon as the pharmacy gates opened up, a line had already formed at Pick Up. My heart starts to beat faster, and my anxiety slowly builds up.

My technicians are both up front helping patients, and I can overhear conversations escalating.

I’m trying to focus on my pharmacist duties, but the volume of voices increases up front. I can’t concentrate knowing there’s a crisis impending.

We’ve only been open for a total of 5 minutes. Help. Continue reading “The Corporate PharmD Origin Story”

Nine Most Common Diseases Of Retail Pharmacy

If you ever go to visit the nearest big box, chain pharmacy, you’ll see a dozen patients in line, but only 2-4 people behind the counter.

Mind you, the pharmacy team isn’t just counting pills and putting labels on bottles.

We have up to 6 phone lines and a drive-through line, all of which are usually ringing.

We have a hundred prescriptions that are being called in, faxed, and e-prescribed, all within the last hour.

Insurance rejections delaying therapy for a sick, elderly patient.

Threat of regulatory bodies coming in at any moment to fine and/or suspend licenses.

Risk of litigation due to negligence or dispensing errors.

One look at the pharmacy personnel’s faces will show you that we are stressed out of our minds and unhappy to be caught in the middle of everyone’s problems. Continue reading “Nine Most Common Diseases Of Retail Pharmacy”

State of Retail Pharmacy and What You Can Do About It

This is the hardest year we’ve ever experienced.

Frozen wages and pay cuts. Massive lay-offs and restructuring.

Pharmacist overlap eliminated and corporate targets increasing simultaneously.

Job saturation plagues us, and pharmacy schools remain unsympathetic to the job market.

PBM’s claw back every penny and reduce reimbursements.

Independents and big corporations alike closing shop.

Automation, digital enhancements, verification sharing, numeric waiting bin, and updated phone IVR systems roll out.

All supposed to make our jobs easier, but why does it feel 100 times harder?

What in the world is going on with Retail Pharmacy?
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