I have used these lemming metaphors many times. I have been criticized for being stale, but what the fuck, man. If it quacks, what is it? I know, it is tough when you are all alone and the highway is dark and it is starting to rain. You need gas and that station is not well lit and the desert offers few comforts to the solitary traveler. You need a companion. Perhaps, a few companions. As far as the retail steam rollers are concerned, the biggest danger is you and other pharmacists starting to talk. You can be a mindless lemming or you can turn the whole troop around.
Communication. The big retailers have had it made by keeping you isolated. None of us can do this alone. We need partners, collaborators, fellow guerrillas in this battle. Keep reading for a few hints that I redundantly keep on repeating. I will continue until you “Get It”.
Messages like the one below started coming in a couple years ago. My friends Steve and Goose and Peon (reluctantly for Peon) flipped before I did. They told me and you that the job of pharmacist was becoming like the job of a skilled piece-work employee on a factory floor. I said, “No, Goose. That can’t be. This is pharmacy. Pharmacy is a profession. Pharmacists are well-educated medical professionals. They are not interchangeable”. Well, you know what? If all pharmacists do is administer the “Prescription Mill”, they are replaceable. How the fuck can you let them box you into the ridiculous spot you are in without a fight? Pharmacy is governed by thick books a laws and rules and regulations. You break the law every single day, multiple times, just to keep “The Mill” running as fast as they want it to. You gotta stop this. It would be a dream if a supervisor told you that you waste time conforming to the law. You MUST do this. Make it a mission. Document, document, document. Date & who said what. Keep it in a safe place at home.
You might want to order the pamphlet ” ”. There is a link in the pages at the top.
If you can’t manage to do this on your own, get some help. Research your options to unionize. You all know that I favor “The Guild for Professional Pharmacists”. The Guild has been very successful on the coast. If you can’t manage to make that call or send that inquiring e-mail, go to your local “Food Service Union”. They, and outfits like them, love having a pharmacist division. It makes them look good. But all they would do is support you just like they support the guy in the produce department. If you want true, professional representation, it is The Guild.
Do something! The following is a letter I received this morning. Jay Pee
“Jim, Monday I was informed that the man wanted new fresh faces for his new remodel in XXXXXX.
I was informed that I would be floating or they might have another store for me down the line. we have talked before and have been following you on Facebook.
I am 63 years old with 20 years of service in August for the same company. 10 years in that location. I have developed many good relationships with my patients. 3 weeks ago a store manager came up and took a picture of me as a —— success story. I have had many favorable comments sent by my people. Just another example of discrimination. Don’t stop your Facebook posts.”