Pharmacists put out a helluva lot of money to the organization that owns this building. When was the last time you left the store for a real, uninterrupted meal break? How many of you still write a check every year?
The following was written for the website of The Pharmacy Alliance
There have been a number of pharmacists lately criticizing, belittling and demeaning The Pharmacy Alliance.
They attack, claiming that the website is ill-maintained. That is true. I offer any of you who want it, the title of Website Manager for The Pharmacy Alliance. Of course, I doubt that any of you will volunteer. Very few of our members are willing to do anything other than pay the dues… one time. At least the members aren’t rubbing their hands together after they have written an email to me telling that the organization is just a piece of shit because we are not leading the way in anything.
Really? What have you done to bring the pathetic and dangerous working conditions to the light of day? What have you done to make known to the public just how dangerous it is to have an exhausted pharmacist handle prescriptions at hour 13 of a 14 hour day?
It is no secret that TPA is not the A.Ph.A. The A.Ph.A. is huge and it is said nothing that has helped you to get a meal break. The organization with the magic name sort of smiles when called out. David Stanley nailed the A.Ph.A. in one of his first Drug Topics columns. A new pharmacist had written to him, complaining about the lack of help, long hours and errors.
A.Ph.A. CEO Thomas E. Menighan blew all of us in a letter to David.
“I certainly feel for the situation,” he said, “If someone is feeling beaten by the ‘system’, no one can say they are wrong. He then quickly changed the subject to M.T.M. and flu shots. He actually wrote the high sounding stuff about, ‘Improving medication use and advancing patient care’. ( and they have the nerve to put the words American and Pharmacists in their title) He went on, “We have members on all sides of this equation. Our challenge as a membership is to unify”.
What is the equation? Org + RPh = ZERO?
What makes the A.Ph.A. different from The Pharmacy Alliance? TPA does not blow smoke, take in millions of dollars and still does nothing.
We are a tiny, little group of pharmacists who want to make a difference. Our only mission is to return Dignity, Self-Respect and Integrity to the job of working in a pharmacy. What is so wrong with that? How does that make us a piece of shit? Tell me why I have been stupid since November, 2007? That is going on six years of abiding faith that you guys will eventually decide to get on board and get this done. Perhaps I am just a dreamer. I am getting tired with so little help.
Here is what we do with the members money.
We pay expenses and that is not very much.
Every other dollar, as long as it lasts, is to pay for these per diem expenses to any member who will personally attend a meeting (best one on one) with a state legislator, state board member, a journalist or (best of all) an investigative reporter who is likely to blow the top off the charade that is what some companies present as a patient-centric business.
TPA will reimburse.
One night hotel room at a reasonable rate.
That is the best we can do right now. For you who have to try to take down any and all honest efforts, the conditions you work under are on you. Don’t whine to me, or Peon, or Goose and you know the rest of the names.
Jim Plagakis, Founding Member of The Pharmacy Alliance.