Those of you who have followed my thoughts here and at Drug Topics, JP at Large, know that I have commented frequently on the highly educated professional Hib Visa holders.
They often have accents that my 1960s rock ‘n roll tone compromised ears do not get. Then (some of them, certainly not even a majority) will talk so fast that I get nothing useful. I have to ask them to slow down. I even have to ask them to spell the names and drugs. I say, “Please”.
Of course, this is when getting transfers. When they call to get a transfer from me, they miraculously speak slowly and distinctly.
Take a look at these figures.
Every one of you have scratched your head in dismay when you get a foreign pharmacist on the line at CVS.
Between 2001 and 2008
CVS applied to sponsor 3,590 H1b pharmacists. 15 were denied.
Rite-Aid 3,448 33 denied
Walgreens 1,477 13 denied
Kroger 295 7 denied
Safeway 359 6 denied
You can visit www.myvisajobs.com and spend a whole evening entertaining yourself. If you are a foreign pharmacist, you can see what is out there. This site has the wages that each company pays an H1b Visa pharmacist. Check out www.h1bvisa.com and www.h1bvisa.org It is absolutely amazing. It is a remarkable subculture.
Look hard and you will find a discussion board where H1b applicants discuss their chances. A girl from the Philippines tells of her excitement about landing a California job with CVS.
Doing this research, I see that the United States of America is screwing the goose educating our kids. There are millions of highly skilled foreigners holding H1b Visas. Dell computers sponsored 2,481 in the 2001-2008 period. Probably all engineers. We must do better. It could be your nephew who can’t do better than the night shift at Circle K because he was more interested in beer, babes and on-line games than doing what it takes to get marketable skills in the global economy. Globalization is systemic. It does not go in a straight line. You have noticed that it is all over the place. Dr. Reddy’s is in Mumbai. The genie is out of the bottle.
One question for any H1b Pharmacist to answer. When CVS sponsors are you essentially an indentured servant? You are not free to quit and go to Wal-Mart if you want. If Rite-Aid puts you in Dry Hut, Desert State where the provincial people don’t like the way you talk and mumble the word “terrorist” while you are picking out spices for the curry you plan for your two new friends (both Technicians) on Saturday night, can you quit if they do not honor your demand to be transferred?
Perhaps, H1b arrangements are in violation of USA labor laws if CVS actually gives preferential hiring treatment to H1b RPhs.
In the end, I believe that we need the H1b pharmacists to fill in the holes. However, if the shortage is over, as some of you have suggested, they go first. Is that unfair of me?
PS: I do not believe that the shortage is over. Far from it, but that is for another time.
look at RxJoe’s comments. Do any of you actually believe that a new Rx can get scanned at your local CVS and then the typing of the Rx is out-sourced to a cheap Pharmacy Technician in Bangalore? If Joe’s $8000.00 per applicant is accurate, these five employers spent
almost $74 million.