May 30, 2013
So I’ve been reading your blog. I am wife to a pharmacist, daughter to a pharmacist, daughter-in-law to a pharmacist….and my husband, Pharm.D, twenty plus years just got canned from CVS-“It’s been wonderful working with you. Thank you for your years of service but we won’t be needing you anymore.” Shadowed him into the pharmacy to collect his personal items and sent him on his way-his final paycheck including accrued vacay hours came two days later….they replaced him with the intern he trained the year before. The girls in the pharmacy have been instructed to tell customers that he is on vacation. Balls.
We have little savings, a young son (started later in life), a $2,000 a month COBRA bill and a mortgage…..and no paycheck. He’s been working relief hours for an independent for basically tech wages while he applies and interviews. This is a guy who learned the trade from his Dad and Uncles who owned their own very successful shops-back in the day when the Pharmacist was revered as the most respected profession-his customers love him because he cares about their needs-he treats them with dignity almost like they are actually PEOPLE….so counter to the attitude that the corporate oafs at CVS espouse.
He says he felt it coming-a couple years ago he got a $17,000.00 bonus-completely unexpected-but reward for increase in scripts-he’s a pharmacist with a following-I’m telling you, his customers love him. His DM told him that was a fluke and it will never happen again-his script numbers continue to increase yet no merit increases for 3 years, no more bonus…well, $4,000 this year and in spite of that $4,000 bonus they told him he wasn’t working hard enoough. A new district manager came into the picture and continually taunted my Rph with the threat of ‘new graduates right around the corner that would love your job’. He ignored the weight/glucose screening notices, opted to pay the $600 a year rather than let the corporates control his body too…and they needled him, broke him, picked and prodded until this man almost broke. I can’t tell you how many days he left the house saying he wasn’t going to the store he was going to drive off a bridge instead….so here we are , poor as church mice with a kid in private school and a tuition we can’t afford, in an economy that sucks in a city where independent pharmacies are being gobbled up like lays potato chips…and I have my husband back and he has his dignity and CVS can kiss my lilly white ass….and I still think that Pharmacists like my husband, like my dad and like my father-in-law are members of the most respected profession around….these new kids who don’t give a shit-they don’t get it and I don’t think they ever will if CVS is where they get their feet wet.
Thanks for your blog. For a couple of hours I was able to stop wringing the worry sponge so much. You made me feel good today. And tomorrow we start all over again!
I just checked the first three comments. Great advice. I am very proud of my blog, the forum we have here and the quality of the comments. Attitudes have changed dramatically over the years. You can look at the Archives and see when I started this. You may want to click and read some of the comments from 8 years ago. I do not see many whiners anymore. That is all we got in the beginning, and for a few years after. If I could pick a seminal time, it would be when we found out that CVS had fired the RPh with triplet boys. That was really when “The Tribe” was becoming a reality. Pharmacists dared to come away from the desert and to sneak into the thick forest where the predators were killing off our colleagues one by one. 20 years ago, CVS & Rite-Aid and Kroger could get away with this because it was practically in secret. Don’t they know about the Internet? We know what Big Evil and Big Stupid have done overnight if not sooner. I do honestly believe that instant communication is Big Evil’s Achilles heel. Because of the youngish pharmacist with triplets, a great deal of research was done. We have names of attorneys. There is a class-action lawsuit. We have journalists who have written damning stories about CVS. They are waiting for that big error, that big law-breaking-money-grabbing evidence so that can write a series that will get picked up by wire services. It is far from over. It is just beginning. Stick together. You are my tribe. Do not disappoint me.