Just when you think that grocery stores (the bottom of the professional ladder) have done their worst, a major drug store company diminishes your professional standing with this.
The perception that pharmacists provide a valuable professional service has been diminished, if not outright killed, by all of these bargain Rxs and give-away Rxs. Now, CVS is attacking another professional service that we provide before we even get out of the gate.
For decades, included in the definition of pharmacist is The Administration of Drugs. That could include putting the tablet in the patients mouth, I guess. Perhaps applying the cream or sticking the suppository. Certainly, administering vaccines applies.
There was a day when giving shots was perceived as a particular talent that nurses had. This was when most doctors were fee-for-service, ran their own businesses and wanted that revenue stream for themselves.
Any idiot can take blood pressure, but I got my ass chewed in 1978 for doing it. I worked in a slow Rx volume mall drug store and put a sign on the counter. A doctor jumped me with a question like,
“Don’t you think that you should leave that to people who are skilled?”
“What skill is that?” I kept on doing it and found two men in the most dangerous group.. young, black, male .. to have dangerous numbers. I advised both of them to take the day off and get to a doctor. Both returned with prescriptions. Both thanked me profusely. Taking blood pressures was a valuable professional service and I did it for free.
You and I know that any idiot can be trained to stick a needle in the arm and press the plunger. That idiot may not know what to do if that 59 year old gasps, grabs his swelling throat, starts wheezing with his eyes bugging out.
We know enough to start popping him with Epi-Pen, one after the other if he stays in distress, until the EMTs get there.
We now have a valuable professional service that we can sell and, trust me, we will eventually be paid for it. (just as we will be paid for MTM)
So, what does CVS do, as CVS seems so eager to do…. they lay another turd in the punchbowl. CVS is not a big box store. CVS is not a grocery store. CVS is a drug store company. How does CVS think they will get the best pharmacists if they do this kind of shit?
This is all about CVS. The company is huge. Second only to WAG in number of stores. CVS is the rap star playah of the industry. CVS looks good on the outside, but they treat their professional staff like they are not competent to make the appropriate choices. CVS times everything, including the drive-through. CVS is the control freak of our industry. Pharmacists can get in trouble if they don’t swipe the patient’s discount card. The word from Cape Cod is that drive through customers in the vacation area are invited to ask for out front items items that they need. Can you smell a technician going out front for beer, chips and sandwiches with your eyes closed?
Now, they take our newest, highly respected professional service and give it away if you buy enough Charmin, Dawn, Tide and Cruisers Diapers.
I’m sick of it. If a grocery store did this, I would be pissed off, but not surprised. To have a drug store company engage in this bull shit is treachery. It is deceit.
One of these days, there won’t be enough H1B Visa holders to keep CVS pharmacies open.