No rph's=no growth . There are no RPh's around; Wag needs to hire about 50% of all graduates to keep the growth going.This is very very very important! Wag wants to build 5000 more stores. you need about 15,000 more rphs to keep the ship afloat. CVS wants to build 3000 more stores , they will need about 9000 rphs. Albertson's will need 4000 more rphs. Hospitals and clinics will need aprox.6000 more rphs. Here is the problem: about 5000 rphs graduate per year, 1000 retire per year. Do the math. If WAG does not pay premium pay then CVS will ! In Michigan the shortage is so severe that stores alternate days when the store is open. One day the store is closed while the RPh works at another store, then comes back the next day. No RPh on staff, no store open..That is the LAW. At this point, yes we do feel like we can walk on water unforunately. But I am busting my behind ( I'm filling Rxs at a dangerous capacity because of lack of pharmacists , yes I do bitch about it. Wait til the state boards come in dictate how many RPhs should be on staff--growth will be slowed down and stock growth will not be there )
For everyone's information, there is already a shortage of about 500 pharmacists in our company alone. This is one of the reasons why Tech's do as much as they do. This trend will only get worse as less and less people decide go to pharmacy school. The current idea is that tech's will even be verifying scripts within the next ten years. It is also predicted within the next 10 years due to RPH shortages the average salary could be in excess of $200,000. I think it's because of this shortage that walgreens bows down to kiss there asses everytime they get miffed. If any other employee pulled some of the tantrums I've seen pharmacists pull, they would have been fired.
Would you trust your child's Rx to be verified ( check for interactions: metabolic, pharmacological and physiological ) by someone with no schooling. The computer only helps the RPh to stay focused but the decision is ultimately by the RPh. When a RPh calls the Dr because the RPh judges the Dr's order to be inept, the Dr ALWAYS changes to what the RPh suggests. Drs have learned this, we save their butts. We don't tell the patient--we do not want to have the patient lose respect of their dr. That is why people think that all we do is count tablets. Last week I saved a man's life and he did not know it. Dr prescribed oral nizoral for him. I found out by looking at his profile and talking to him that he had hep c . I was in a quandry, should I tell him that what the dr ordered would kill him ( 3 tablets within 4days would do it) but what relationship would he have with the Dr( yes, the DR just forgot about the patient's hep c). So I told him that we did not have nizoral in stock and that I would talk to the Dr for a better formulation.He said ok and left. The dr's office sent us a pizza