I work as a staff pharmacist for CVS in Ohio. I graduated pharmacy school in May 2014 and subsequently signed on for CVS. I don't mind working 13 or 14 hour days, but at this point the amount of work we have to do on top of verifying prescriptions is absolutely absurd and causes for an extremely unsafe work environment. I've worked days were I stood in the same spot for 10 hours and verified 600+ prescriptions with breaks to run to the bathroom. At my current home store we do about 500 on a Monday and 425 on other work days.
According to the NABP, safe dispensing is 10-20 prescriptions an hour...in a 13 hour day pushing 500, I'm looking at close to 40 prescriptions an hour. In North Carolina, the threshold for safe dispensing is 150 prescriptions per pharmacist per day. Ha! Meaning I generally do the work of 4-5 pharmacists at CVS in Ohio.
I'm not on here writing about how I hate my job because of the hours or because of the stress, I am sincerely concerned with the safety of the patients I serve and the harm that can be caused by my errors. Something has to be done at CVS. Constantly cutting tech hours and pushing for better numbers has ruined pharmacy. I am no longer a pharmacist. I am a manufacturer. I hate counseling patients now because that means I am going to be behind on verifying. I get annoyed with questions because that means I will be even more behind.
At CVS, our job is to pump out as many prescriptions as possible with the fewest amount of help to limit our costs. Meanwhile Larry Merlo makes millions of dollars in bonuses and gets to sit with President Obama at the State of the Union address.
Some Canadian pharmacists are saying they are under intense pressure to meet business quotas, which causes an assembly-line mentality that increases the likelihood of making mistakes.
Several pharmacists are speaking out as part of a months-long investigation by CBC News and Marketplace looking at pharmacy errors across the country.
EarIier this week, Marketplace revealed that many pharmacists may not be conducting important screening required to keep Canadians safe from dangerous drug interactions.
Some pharmacists say the pressure to meet profit targets can compromise the quality of the care and attention they’re able to dispense.
CBC agreed to protect the identity of the pharmacists who spoke out and fear industry reprisal.
“You know it comes down to metrics and bottom lines, as margins shrink,” one pharmacist told Marketplace co-host Erica Johnson.
“You keep hearing, ‘Doing more with less, doing more with less.’ And it's not sparing the health care profession at all,” he said. “It's every pharmacist’s worst nightmare.”
‘At some point you just reach your limit’
Every year, close to 38,000 pharmacists dispense more than half a billion prescriptions in Canada. There are no statistics on how often errors occur, and little mandatory reporting of mistakes.
The Food and Drug Administration reports that drug errors kill at least one person a day and injure more than a million people a year. But, only two percent of all prescriptions are filled incorrectly. Still, that's an estimated 50 million mistakes a year
The median annual salary for a pharmacist was $119,280, or $57.35 per hour, in 2013. The best-paid 10 percent made $147,350, while the lowest-paid made $89,000. The best-compensated pharmacists are employed by merchandise stores. Some of the highest-paid in the profession work in the metropolitan areas of Gadsden, Alabama; Santa Cruz, California; and Pascagoula, Mississippi.
Pharmacists have one of the highest average salaries of any of our Best Health Care Jobs, earning $116,500 in 2013. They make more, on average, than physical therapists ($82,180) and registered nurses ($68,910). While they work closely with pharmacy technicians, pharmacists rake in about $85K more than they do. Of all the top health care jobs, only dentists ($164,570) and physicians ($187,200) earn more.
When I think of all of the people who stand on their feet all day and work long shifts for minimum wage I have a hard time feeling too sad for pharmacists.
Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median) 75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.97 $11.76 $14.33 $17.60 $21.10
Annual Wage (2) $20,730 $24,470 $29,810 $36,600 $43,900
without adding more pharmacists
I don't recall ever having to have blood work done in order to get birth control.
I think this is great. What do you think?