I want to know if you are getting paid for your knowledge, expertise and training for duties that you perform that are well beyond the parameters of the normal job description for a pharmacist. Are you getting paid above your basic salary when they add MTM to your daily contractual obligations? How about all of the specialized monitoring functions that pharmacists provide in a retail setting in the 21st Century? What about giving flu shots? Are you getting a fee for each shot? What about the payment you should get for managing a hepatitis series? This is not just stick them in the arms. You have to know something and manage the treatment over a period of weeks. You have earned MONEY. Why aren’t you getting it?
I gave close to 1,000 flu shots at Longs in 1999. I had this idea of getting maybe 50 cents a shot, but never explored the idea because I loved getting out of the pharmacy, sitting down, having a gab with the patient. I enjoyed serving the frightened patient. I was able to display rarely-used talents. Patience, kindness and compassion.
Needles do not bother me, but there are people who are TERRIFIED. My favorite was this ripped biker guy with multiple earrings, a scraggly beard, shades, denim jacket with HARD ASS on the nameplate. He wore shades so I could not see his eyes, but his mouth gave him away. As I filled the syringe, his lower lip started to tremble. He looked away. His head dropped and I popped him before he knew it.
All I got was his relieved smile. Longs was paid $10.00 for the shot. I wrote the Rx under the protocol of a doctor that authorized for the entire state of Washington. I administered the vaccine. Why is that not worth something? Even if they paid me $1.00, Longs would have made $8.00 profit. Where is it written THE PHARMACIST GETS FUCKED.
My problem is not really about you doing these duties. It is more about your employers advertising your services and not even thinking that you deserve compensation. Until a liability demon surfaced, there were chain retailers who touted the, “Our pharmacists are always available to assist you in choosing your over the counter medications.” Kinney Drug went further, “Our pharmacists are CERTIFIED over-the -counter drug counselors.” Since when did they send out Registered Pharmacists who WERE NOT experts on Claritin-D and Ibuprofen?
Walgreens opened their first Hawaii store on November 1st. One in five native Hawaiians is a diabetic. Walgreens CEO, Jeff Rein, did it again. “Our pharmacists can have a real impact on helping these patients (diabetics) manage their diabetes and live a healthy life.”
When does the pharmacist at Walgreens have time to sit down with a diabetic? If she does, will it overload the rest of her day? How about a $10.00 an hour premium for this?
My question is the one I have screamed about for decades: Did Walgreens ask permission to advertise your services? How are you going to get paid? I’ll give away my knowledge & expertise WHEN I WANT TO. I would not stand still for, “Here’s our boy Jimmy. He can help you with that eczema. And what a good boy he is. We don’t have to pay him and he never complains about it.”
And that is the nitty-gritty, my friends. WE NEVER COMPLAIN ABOUT IT. WE NEVER DEMAND CHANGE.
PS- See Paul Trusten’s Comment # 2 on the reaction of drug chain executives to a state board suggesting that pharmacists get their own, individual NPI numberds. Click Comments.
Regarding the NPI. I got the impression that these chain drug store executives were a little panicky. They did not want their pharmacists to have NPI numbers. This would technically make the individual pharmacists eligible to
receive payments directly to them. Of course, the drug chains don’t want this. One insurance company paying you
the first fee of $19.99 for your services and .. look out.. the dam is done for and the deluge is liable to start at any time.
CVS wants that $19.99. They don’t want you to have it. You are just goddam Galley Slaves