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    Pharmacists respond: Is job satisfaction too much to ask?

    In his recent, two-part series, Dennis Miller opined that large, enviable paychecks are still plentiful, but job satisfaction remains elusive for many pharmacists working for retail chains.

    See also: Is job satisfaction too much to ask and Is job satisfaction too much to ask? Part 2

    According to Miller, a retired chain-store pharmacist, the drive to fill more scripts in less time has robbed pharmacists of creative opportunities to use their skills and education, and often denies them workplace courtesies common to other healthcare professionals.

    Add in the pharmaceutical industry’s perceived desire to see medications prescribed before healthy lifestyle changes, and many pharmacists are left questioning whether they’d make the same career choice if they had known in pharmacy school what they know now.

    There was no shortage of pharmacists weighing in on the struggle to balance a good paycheck against job satisfaction.

    Lack of proper accommodations

    Pharmacist #1: Walmart pharmacy does not even allow stools to be present in the pharmacy. In other words, if a worker is tired and wants to sit down, the only place to sit is on one of the spring-loaded footstools.

    I recall working with a Walmart pharmacy manager who was either tired or not feeling well. He sat down on one of the footstools and looked like a small boy who was being punished for doing something bad. Pathetic.

    Mark Lowery, Editor
    Mark Lowery an Editor for Drug Topics magazine.

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    • Mr. POcanas
      Amen..amen... I have heard it all ie.fellow pharmacist, state board of pharmacy, do good regulators, you name it. We need more guts to change the "profession". We are a complacent lot satisfy with the status quo..It has always been like that since I graduated for Pharmacy School. As a retired pharmacy owner and pharmacist I have overall found my practice satisfactory but I was able to control it somewhat and I found myself helping people every day and that was very gratifying.
    • [email protected]
      Mr. Pocanas, I agree with you. Pharmacists are complacent and the most ass kissing professionals I have ever met and been with. We allow every mistreatment to go on. Patients talk to us and our staff any how and expecially retail management don't take us for a jack. I have had numerous altercations with management on their overt disrespect for pharmacists. It's about time we step up to this folks because without pharmacists they do not have pharmacies. Also do not allow patients come to the pharmacy and act disrespectful and walk away. Setting patients in pharmacy straight teach them to respect your practice.
    • Anonymous
      I registered at Drug Topics in May of 2014 and this is the first time I have felt compelled to comment. My concern is Pharmacist #10's comparison of the practice of Pharmacy to that of the practice of Dentistry. I graduated from Pharmacy school in 1976 and went on to Dental school in 1979 and on again to graduate school (Endodontics) in 1983. I can tell you without question that both professions are a lot of hard work and just having a receptionist may not solve problems to the extent that you think that it may. Sitting down? Almost never. Professional? Yes. Happy? Most of the time. Relaxed? NEVER. Valued? Yes. The grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence, but this is not always true.