What is it like working as a Retail Staff Pharmacist?
Retail Staff Pharmacist in Baltimore:
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Pros: Ability to help people manage their own health. Intervening to prevent medical mistakes from prescribers. Helping younger staff members and employees to find goals for employment that match their personalities. Intervening to prevent drug diversion, and keep the public safe by counseling, vaccinations, and other health care activities.
Cons: US Pharmacy is currently dominated by a cartel of large chain companies-- CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens. They are so large that actions by any one company cannot fail to be noticed by each other, and by every other retail pharmacy player. In this way, the three are functionally a monopoly. They increase expense of pharmacy by special pricing deals with manufacturers. Competition has largely been eliminated for this reason. This also means that they depress salaries and make working conditions miserable. Pharmacists do not get meal or bathroom breaks. Constant monitoring of production metrics add to the misery and endanger the public, but the large players are large enough to ignore resolutions of their legal governing bodies. If you enter retail, you will be working in a prison-like atmosphere. If you protest it too much, you can be fired and/or blacklisted from employment in 1/2 to 1/3 of all available pharmacy jobs in one step. Tread carefully.