Jul 25, 2013
I couldn’t find an image of two pharmacists fighting. How can anyone make a living at 25 cents for 25 tablets? But, I’d bet that AJ and Bronco could do okay if Metcalf’s was still an OTC tonic.
It may be fun, you guys, but what are you accomplishing? I know that BEING RIGHT is the most important thing you can do. Being Right and Making the other guy Wrong is fundamental. Ever notice that? Even if you are wrong you want to be right. This is not helpful. You may disagree on the particles, but in the end the particles do not matter. What matters is the context, the entire picture.
For those of you who are asking, “What the hell is Jay Pee talking about?” go back to the “Magnificent Seven” post, click on the “Comments” link (Upper Left Hand Corner beside title) and read the snarky, righteous argument between AJ and Broncofan7. I admire Bronco for his courage and prescience in running and independent pharmacy in the 21st Century. I admire AJ for choosing a safe position with security. I often feel the pangs of regret that I didn’t do either. My situation in the late 1960s and early 1970s was toxic. My marriage was a failure and I couldn’t let go. I was a product of the 1950s. You married and you stayed married. I stuck it out for almost 10 years. The marriage was dead after three weeks. A story I have told before right here. You can find it in the pages up on top. She was an alcoholic, a run around and a brilliant manipulative liar. She was an incest victim of a horrible childhood. He mother was a cold fish. Her father got his rocks off with the teenage daughter who eventually became my wife. She never should have married any man. A beautiful girl, a smart girl. I had no space to run a business even though I was a success running a small drug store for All-Med.
Broncofan7 is doing well. He can tell you why he is successful.
AJ works for a PBM as a phnarmacist. Okay, I hear you. Boo, Hiss, Drag him out and tar and feather him. But wait. AJ gets to be a pharmacist. How many of you can say that when your job really is chasing the numbers in the Prescription Mill? AJ can bring a Vente Dark Roast Starbucks to work and actually have the time to drink it. He eats his lunch sitting down and can read about Milo Weaver in “The Tourist”. Nobody bothers him. He makes the same money you do. I’ll let AJ tell you about what he does at work.
Why are these guys fighting? The problem is not with the pharmacist job at a PBM or a guy running an independent pharmacy in rural Texas. The problem is with the Big Three. There is some hope, but Big Question Mark is so damn careful that you won’t hear about it.
Big Stupid, Big Evil and Big Question Mark have just about ruined our industry. There is hope with Question Mark, but when there is internal struggling more harm can be done than good if it is not handled by the upper executives with a firm hand.
So, what is wrong with what AJ is doing? Why is Bronco being demonized when he is successful being a druggist?
While they are fighting our industry keeps slipping away. I still believe that pharmacists need to organize and act as a group. Hang together or hang separately? If you are in a guild they won’t be firing you because you are 60 years old and spend too much time attending to the needs of your patients/customers. You won’t be working 14 hour shifts for straight time. You will get time and a half for all hours over 8. That comes to being paid for 17 hours straight time. If the store manager wants to write you up for being rude, a union representative will sit in the meeting. Your witness and adviser. You were RUDE, by the way, because you told this customer that she would have to wait. You were on the phone with a doctor. The customer told the manager that all she wanted was to know where the bathroom is and you pointed at her and said in a rude voice, “You will have to wait.”
Get off your ass and call any CVS in Southern California where the pharmacists are members of the Guild. Ask questions. Especially ask how did they get to be Guild stores. Grandfathered or did the pharmacists do it themselves. It is very easy. Once you are officially listed as an employee by the Department of Labor, during negotiations they can’t fire you even if you guys choose to walk out.
Why are AJ and Bronco fighting when the real enemies are not even pharmacists?