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    Report: Supply of pharmacists outnumbers jobs


    The nationwide supply of pharmacists has exceeded the number of available jobs, according to a monthly analysis by the Pharmacy Workforce Center (PWC).

    PWC’s analysis found an Aggregate Demand Index (ADI) of 2.96 for November 2015, which was down from October 2015 (3.43) and down from November 2014 (3.40).

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    An ADI below 3 indicates more pharmacists than available jobs, while an ADI above 3 indicates more jobs than available pharmacists. The report revealed that more than half of the United States had a surplus of pharmacists in November 2015.

    Lynette R. Bradley-Baker, PWC’s vice president, said the ADI can vary from month to month based on the number of panelists across the country reporting data. She cautioned against drawing conclusions based on one month’s report.

    “You really need two or three data points to establish a trend,” Bradley-Baker told Drug Topics. “What we can say is that the number was below three and that does indicate more pharmacists than available jobs.”

    Oversupply and a possible solution

    Ronald G. Cameron, CEO, Cameron and Co. Inc. (The Pharmacists Registry), the Las Vegas-based firm that fills temporary pharmacist placements, attributed the oversupply to too many pharmacy schools graduating too many new pharmacists.

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


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    • Mr. SLefkow
      Indie pharmacies are closing like clams at low tide and new pharmacy schools are coming up like mushrooms after a rain. The nitwits in Florida have just OK'd another of these diploma mills which will soon be grinding out its quota of RPhs.....excuse me.....PharmDs. These newbies will join the ranks of the un- or under-employed. Meanwhile, chains are convincing pharmacy boards to increase the pharmacist-tech ratio, which now stands at 1:3. Rotten working conditions and draconian rules are tolerated by RPhs who know that there are a dozen waiting for his/her job. Time was, when the customer and the pharmacist knew each other's name and how old their kids were. Time was, when the pharmacist was at the top of the "Most Respected Profession" list. I'm waiting, here in Florida, for the day that a Walgreen's opens inside of a CVS.
    • Anonymous
      I recently contacted AACP (American Association of colleges of Pharmacy) regarding their job outlook page that is citing a study done in 2000 "A shortfall of as many as 157,000 pharmacists is predicted by 2020 according to the findings of a conference sponsored by the Pharmacy Manpower Project, Inc. Complete findings are detailed in the final report, "Professionally Determined Need for Pharmacy Services in 2020."" I asked them to answer to why they are citing such outdated information and told them that they above any other entity should be aware that an explosion in pharmacy schools has drastically changed that forecast to a surplus instead of a shortage. Not surprisingly they did not respond. I ask others to contact them to pose the same question. They are being very dishonest with pharmacy students, encouraging them to take on life changing debt with the severely outdated promise of job security and high earnings. This is beyond low in my opinion. Greed has come to rule our great profession, at the expense of all of us that have put our hearts and souls into it's past, present and future.
    • johnhouston
      as a hospital /consulting pharmacist I have worked in the profession for over 40 years and never have I seen such a growing over supply of pharmacists.The educational system smells expansion /profits and has overbuilt the number of pharmacy schools and resultant manpower to the point that a new graduate faces a very uncertain employment future as well as deminishing finacial rewards.I advise any potential pharmacy student to seek another medical profession that will remunerate them for the years of study involved.