Jul 3, 2013
You know my thoughts. If you act like a duck, you are a duck. If you act like a robo-dispenser, that is what you are. If you act like a pharmacist, you are a pharmacist. How can it be more simple?
It is very clear to me that companies such as Wal-Mart are seeing pharmacists as
replaceable/expendable robo-dispensers. The A.C.P.E. seems to have been taken
over by the industry. The new pharmacy schools with curricula that would make us
older guys laugh were approved to put out more pharmacists and for the for-profit
schools to make money.
These schools do not teach compounding. The established schools still do. My Alma Mater (The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy) offers Pharmacognosy to Pharm D candidates as an elective. Listed in the catalog is another offering: Medicinal Plants, 4 credit hours. When I visited the school about 8 years ago for homecoming, my college room mate and I were given a tour of the school. The girl who led us around took us to a compounding laboratory and, very proudly, showed us her work. Suppositories, an emulsion, capsules, powders and more. This is a required course.
I trust that you will find that established schools of pharmacy still expect graduates to have a full and complete pharmacist education when they leave, after 6 years.
It seems that the new for-profit schools are really extended NAPLEX Review Courses.
Get ‘em in, get ‘em out and get them licensed. Too bad if they do not have a clue what it is to be a real pharmacist. I will never criticize the students. The new schools charge a helluva a lot of money.
I just took a look via the Internet at Touro University College of Pharmacy. 2012, the tuition was $43,090.00. An applicant must have earned a Bachelor’s Degree. The study is two years of didactic study (In the classroom) and two years of practical. Rotations.
I don’t think that Touro puts out classical pharmacists. That is too bad because I am a romantic about pharmacy. What they do put out for retail are young, ready-to-go dispensers and that has got to give employers like Wal-Mart wet dreams. Why would CVS want Pharm Ds who know about Pharmacognosy? Why would they want a kid who was able to navigate the compounding station?
So, what do you think? Has the A.C.P.E. given up on what you and I call pharmacy & pharmacists? Have they determined that the providing of drugs no longer needs classical pharmacists?
So, one more, what do you think? Is our culture ready for this?
Most of this is an add on to a reply to an e-mail from a 55+ woman who was fired by Wal-Mart. Ostensibly for cause. Metrics, of course. The Pharmacy Manager was complicit. Earlier comments were made about her age. One included, “Look at yourself in the mirror”.