Aug 20, 2013
I put “For Sure” on the search line at Bing Images. I couldn’t resist this one. The woman in bed is the pharmacy profession. The man in bed is the Chain Drug Store MBA Masters of the Universe. The guy at the right represents the Pharmacists. I see the pharmacist turns the corner, stops, eyes wide, mouth open. ”Ah.. Uh.. Excuse me. I didn’t mean to interrupt, but I believed falsely that she was my wife.
“She’s mine, asshole, now get the fuck out of here.” MBA sneers. ”Oh, by the way, asshole, your dick is hanging out. Your APhA dues haven’t been paid yet. No you do not get overtime for hours over eight in a day.” He kisses the profession on the neck and dips his left hand under the covers. A quick inhale, a sigh. Pharmacy leans back.
MBA says, “Tell fuckhead to get out of here and I’ll give you some more.”
The profession looks over at the pharmacist wistfully. ”It could be different. It does not have to be this way.” There is a silence, broken when pharmacy says, “You better leave.”
The pharmacist goes outside and pukes. He ends up at the bar, drinking Stingers, eating Sliders and Fries. He cries until his friends, The Dentist and The Attorney take him home.
24 hours and none of you have additions to the list. I thought that someone would have jumped on these.
We know for certain that major drug store companies are marginalizing or downright firing veteran pharmacists and hiring newby robo-dispensers (at a lower wage?). Why are they afraid of people who know their way around the landscape. Why does a 15 year, pleasant woman PIC summarily fired. Wal-Mart is getting this in gear. So, far, I know for sure that you aren’t interested in this. Head in the sand?
When you are serious about making changes, there are some steps to take that are wise. Let’s start with the first three.
One: What do we know for certain.
Two: What do we have that we do NOT want.
Three: What do we NOT have that we want.
It is a good idea to take these in order. These are steps that are not only important when looking at your employment situation or how you practice pharmacy, but in your real life.
If you have a situation with an intransigent neighbor, you can start with: One. For certain my neighbor is too noisy after 10:00 PM and keeps me awake. Two. I DO NOT want to put up with my neighbors unwillingness to turn down the volume after 10:00 PM. Three. I want peace and quiet at bedtime.
Or, my personal case around 1970. Had I asked these questions, my life would have been much easier. For certain, my wife drinks too much and goes out at night with no explanation. I do NOT want to tolerate this behavior. I want a divorce. I got a divorce, but had I followed these steps, I would have been out mush sooner. I would have ended the marriage in much better shape psychologically and physically. I may or may not have quit a terrific job, dropped out and headed for Europe. This was vital to my well-being. I know that I would not have done well had I tried to tough it out.
Let us start with step one today.
For the most part, chain drug store pharmacists are treated like piece-work laborers on the factory floor.
Pharmacists are, generally, not respected by some large drug store companies.
For sure, pharmacists have failed to stand up for themselves. They have not acted like they are highly trained medical professionals and they whine when they are treated badly.
Pharmacists seem to believe that someone else will stand up for them. That is for certain.
Talk about wag the dog. Pharmacists have allowed the chains to wag the dog.
Young pharmacists, heady with a big wage, get themselves into too much debt. The result is that they become prisoners of their own lifestyle. The chains count on this. You can’t quit.
The 14 hour shift, with no regular scheduled meal/rest periods, is untenable if the intention is providing alert, competent pharmacist service. Patients are cheated. Patients are harmed. Patients die.
Chain Drug Store companies consider fines, settlements and judgments as a cost of doing business.
Pharmacists care only about the pay check.
Pharmacists are chickens, with a yellow streak 8 inches wide down their backs.
They complain that the pharmacy organizations are no help, but they do not join the one that is dedicated to their welfare.
All righty, that is a good start. There has to be a start if we want change. My listing is certainly not complete. Please make suggestions in the Comments and I will add them all right here. You can tell your stories in the Comments, but I may not copy and paste them entirely. I will give your screen name credit.