I never anticipated I would be unemployed. Unable to get a job with 30 years experience, a BSP, a Pharm.D, coupled with a history in a variety of practice settings.
The reason the chains want young pharmacists? They will implement any MBA corporate program, no matter how demeaning. They won’t expect a decent wage. They will die at their station because they are desperate to pay off loans. They will depend on the computer to make clinical decisions instead of reviewing each patient’s file. They will tolerate nonsense because they are desperate to keep their jobs.
The real remedy to this problem is a HUGE contraction in the pharmacist work force. In other words, another shortage. That will occur after my time, When the reality of current pharmacy practice is well known. Only fools will pay money for a worthless degree and a chance at an abusive, short term, job.
The Boards of Pharmacy have abdicated their job. The current situation is dangerous to patients. If you are unable to review the patients Hx, mistakes of omission will occur. It’s not just filling the RX as written. It’s making sure there isn’t something missing. Look up errors of Omission and Commission.
I stopped a Fentanyl TTS fatal OD, because I reviewed the chart. Pt. had stopped the drug months before. She wanted to restart the 100mcg patch. She lied to the MD about current use.
Under the current system, patients will die. Lawsuits will go up, because we are unable to do our job (Patient presentation meshed with Hx and current Rx data.) Reforms based on patient safety (deaths)will be made.
Stay away from Pharmacy. If you are in school now, consider switching to a Physician’s Assistant or MD program. I assume they are still in demand.College used to be the answer. It’s not any more.