Pharmacy Technician Jobs Available in Florida

Pharmacy Technician Staffing and ResponsibilitiesPharmacy technicians provide invaluable support to pharmacists throughout the State of Florida. Since 1989, HCC (Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing) has been placing certified, highly trained, professional pharmacy technicians throughout Florida (including the Tampa, Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville areas). Currently statistics show that there are over 30,000 pharmacy technicians being employed in Florida with an average salary of over  $33,000 as of February 26, 2020 (but the average salary range typically falls between $29,980 and $37,085 annually). For complete information regarding becoming a registered pharmacy technician in Florida and their tasks performed, please click here.

Looking for Qualified Registered Pharmacy Tech(s) in Florida?

Whether they are needed to help expedite prescriptions, count, mix, pour, weigh, retrieve, or measure medications, they offer experience to serve your needs and help with your pharmacy business and patients. As you may already have done business with HCC in helping you meet your needs with part time relief and full time pharmacist staffing, you can count on us for outstanding customer service and to deliver the best technician candidates available to fill your pharmacy technician staffing needs. Please note that we deal exclusively with technician placement only in the State of Florida. Additionally, here at HCC our pharmacist relief and temporary staffing services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. HCC maintains one of the largest active pools of relief and temporary pharmacists in the nation, allowing us to quickly locate available, qualified and reliable temp and relief pharmacists for you in the following states:
– Florida
– Georgia
– Texas
– North Carolina
– South Carolina
– Alabama

Additionally, Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been a national leader in regards to pharmacy recruitment, permanent placement and direct hire of pharmacists throughout the entire USA (in all fifty states) since 1989. Pharmacist recruitment, permanent placement and direct hire have been our specialty for over 31+ years now, as HCC deals with all aspects of matching the correct pharmacist to the job description requirements and to the employer’s needs in every type of situation and setting. Our in-house staffing experts have experience nationally in all 50 states with all pharmacy job types: retail, hospital, clinical, institutional, compounding, mail-order and all types of specialty pharmacies. We also offer a six month pro-rated satisfaction guarantee!

If you are a pharmacy located in Florida and are in need of hiring qualified registered technicians for your pharmacy operation or business, please contact us online now, or simply call us now at 1-800-642-1652. One of our experienced in-house technician placement specialists will get back to you right away to assist you in finding the right technician to best meet your unique pharmacies’ needs and fill your position. As with our pharmacist staffing services, HCC offers the same satisfaction guarantee for technician recruitment that we 0ffer with our pharmacist staffing services!

Looking for a New Job as a Registered Pharmacy Technician in Florida?

If you are a licensed and registered pharmacy technician in Florida looking for a new opportunity or job, we strongly suggest you contact us today. HCC can place you in a variety of pharmacy types throughout Florida (including retail, hospital, institutional, specialty, compounding, mail-order, clinical and other pharmacy settings and operation types). We currently are looking to place certified pharmacy techs in the Tampa, Orlando, Miami and Jacksonville Florida areas. Most of these job opportunities are full-time (40 hours per work) positions for at least the next year. Call us now at 800-642-1652, or click here NOW to apply online and to provide us with your availability. One of our experienced in-house technician placement specialists will get back to you right away with additional information and will assist you in finding the right employment opportunity to best meet your needs and lifestyle.

 


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Coronavirus Could Result In Pharmacy Staffing Shortages

coronavirus and pharmacy prescriptions
There’s been a lot of discussion the past few days regarding the spread of the coronavirus and the possibility of it leading to a shortage of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians on a national level. Everyone knows how inconvenient the shortages of necessary commodities such as toilet paper, paper towels and hand sanitizer are, but a shortage of pharmacists and pharmacy workers would be have disastrous effects. With the coronavirus spreading so rapidly and now reported in all fifty states, pharmacists have demonstrated over the past several weeks that they are truly on “the frontlines” of the pandemic and that all pharmacy workers are playing a vitally important role in attempting to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

Retail community pharmacists and their pharmacy co-workers have all been working long extended hours under stressful conditions and, as everyone knows, they are the most accessible health care workers available to the general public. In most cities, towns and communities across the nation, the pharmacist is the most easily accessible healthcare provider and usually acts as the first “touchpoint” for a patient engaging with the US healthcare system. In fact, over ninety percent of all Americans reportedly live within five miles of a retail community pharmacy. This is especially true in many rural areas of our nation and in communities that experience shortages of doctors and physicians. In those areas in particular, a pharmacist may be the only healthcare provider that is immediately within reach of many patients and their family members. Not only providing medications, prescriptions and medical supplies, pharmacists are being called on to be a source of the latest critical information and to be a support for the general public at large across the country.

The ASHP Says That Pharmacists Should Do More?

Both the ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) and the The California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) called upon the US Federal government and all of the state governments last week to officially recognize pharmacists and their supporting pharmacy staff members as “front-line providers” during the coronavirus pandemic that we are facing. In fact, the ASHP just published their Pharmacy Readiness for Coronavirus Disease
2019 (COVID-19) – Recommendations for State Policymakers. The ASHP stresses that the change must come at the state level, as each state is really autonomous in their actions on this no matter what the US Federal government chooses to do.

Although the ASHP builds a very strong case to allow pharmacists to provide expanded functions, the basis of their recommendations revolve around state lawmakers taking the following five (5) steps to ensure that pharmacists in their areas and communities are empowered to effectively support the prevention and response efforts for outbreaks such as the current coronavirus crises poses (COVID-19):
• That pharmacists are authorized to order and administer immunizations for prevention of infectious diseases.
• That pharmacists are authorized to order point-of-care testing for infectious diseases.
• That pharmacists are authorized to initiate time-sensitive therapies, such as antivirals.
• That pharmacists are reimbursed for direct patient care services related the to prevention and treatment
of infectious diseases.
• Involve pharmacists in emergency response planning and coordination efforts as being designated “front-line providers”.

Doesn’t the Coronavirus Place Pharmacists at Risk?

What the ASHP recommendations really revolve around is that each state’s lawmakers needs to evaluate their state’s laws and emergency plans to make sure that pharmacists practicing in all settings (retail community drugstores, hospitals, clinics, hospice settings, specialty pharmacies, physician offices, and our countries’ uniformed services) are able to effectively support the COVID-19 response and are essentially trained in such practices already. However, many note that while pharmacists and pharmacy workers are doing all of this to ensure that the general public has access to their medications and their necessary medical supplies, they too face the very real dangers of being exposed to COVID-19 infection themselves. Pharmacy employees are designated as “essential workers” and must be protected in order to continue doing their part in this crises!

Now we get the news that a pharmacy technician in the San Diego, California area died several days ago (March 25th of 2020) after contracting the coronavirus. The 25 year old pharmacy tech reportedly had no underlying health conditions or issues. According to the Riverside County health officials, the young man was exposed to COVID-19 and was in self quarantine in La Quinta when he passed away. The 8 deaths reported previously in Riverside County had all been in patients that were older than seventy and who had underlying health conditions or problems before contracting the virus. This shows that the COVID-19 infection can be deadly to anyone, regardless of age and health.

Contact a Pharmacy Staffing Firm and be Prepared

Although step are being undertaken to help ensure the safety of pharmacists and their staffs from exposure to the coronavirus, the fact that numerous pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will come down with the virus is a reality that cannot be overlooked. All pharmacy owners and managers must now rush to have a plan in place if one or more of their pharmacists becomes afflicted with the coronavirus.

Choosing the pharmacy staffing firm that best suits your potential requirements and needs is essential. Choose a firm that’s not too small as to be geographically constrained and has a limited number of available pharmacists that meet your business’s needs. If you own or run a “smaller” pharmacy operation it’s important that the staffing agency you partner with is not too large itself and, therefore, is not service oriented when dealing with a “smaller” client’s immediate needs like yours.

The perfect choice if your pharmacy is located in the Southeast is HCC (Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing). Our pharmacist staffing service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. HCC maintains one of the largest active pools of relief and temporary pharmacists in the nation, allowing us to quickly locate available, qualified and reliable pharmacists during an emergency situation in the following states:
– Florida
– Georgia
– Texas
– North Carolina
– South Carolina
– Alabama
Our proprietary online system allows HCC to match your needs with the most qualified available candidates to work temporary relief during emergency times as these. HCC also ensures that our emergency pharmacists comply with all HIPAA requirements and also have and maintain professional liability insurance.

Please also note that HCC can fill all of your staffing needs regarding pharmacy technicians (in Florida only). HCC has been the leading provider of qualified, registered, licensed and professional pharmacy technicians (CPhTs) in Florida since 1989. As with pharmacists, satisfaction with our pharmacy technician staffing is guaranteed!

We strongly urge you to be proactive regarding establishing a relation with us now (this way all required paperwork is completed before an emergency situation actually occurs or, as is the case of the coronavirus we presently face, escalates). Then, when you do actually require an a relief pharmacist, HCC will be ready to meet your needs so that you can relax and rest easy. Call us now at (800) 642-1652 or take a moment and Contact Us Online and an HCC in-house staffing consultant will contact you as soon as possible to discuss all of your staffing needs.

 

 

 


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Orlando and Central Florida Pharmacist Jobs 

New Pharmacy jobs and pharmacist jobsRegistered Pharmacist jobs and positions (R. Ph.) are currently on the rise throughout the Orlando and Central Florida metropolitan area. Licensed pharmacists are currently in demand due to the immense population explosion that is occurring in the Orlando area. With Orlando being the second fastest growing city in the United States according to Forbes Magazine, job opportunities for all medical professionals are rising exponentially. In addition is the fact that new statistics have shown that in 2016 alone Orlando actually grew faster than any of the thirty largest metropolitan areas in the entire nation. More pharmacies have been started and opened in Orlando and its surrounding communities than ever before, resulting in an a rapidly expanding job market. According to the Forbes article, not only will the population growth in Orlando during 2020 actually exceed the growth seen in any previous years, but the projected job growth is estimated to exceed 3.5%. Additionally, the projected GMP growth in Central Florida will increase to over 6% in 2020 (as compared to slightly less than 4% in 2019). Lastly, with a projected salary and wage increase of an estimated 8.2%, Orlando and the Central Florida metropolitan area will become the #1 fastest growing city in the nation this year.

What Does this Mean for Registered Pharmacist Jobs?

It is estimated that almost 20% or one-fifth of the nearly 4,000 pharmacies in Florida are located in the Central Florida metropolitan and surrounding areas. Central Florida is also known as the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Area and is synonymous with Disney World of course. With a population of over two and a half million people, it is much more than just a tourist attraction. Along with Disney’s Magic Kingdom, International Drive, Universal Studios and SeaWorld are the Central Florida colleges and universities (UCF being the 2nd largest university in the nation with over 64,000 students), the rich cultural environment (the new Dr. Phillips Center being a great example) and the major sport teams (the Orlando Magic and Orlando City Soccer) that make Orlando such a vibrant city to live in.

When referencing employment opportunities and pharmacist jobs in the Orlando and the Central Florida area, included are many notable cities such as Kissimmee, Sanford, Winter Park, Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, Maitland and Lakeland. Yet the Orlando area also includes numerous additional smaller cities like Heathrow, Taft, Apopka, Windermere, Winter Garden, Ocoee, Mount Dora, Oviedo, Longwood, Pine Castle and Eatonville to name just a few. In all of these cities exist opportunities and jobs for qualified licensed Registered Pharmacists (plus Florida Certified Registered Technicians and CPhT’s).

How Many Pharmacist Jobs in the Orlando Area are there?

There are estimated to be a total of over 20,500 jobs for pharmacists in Florida according to the latest available numbers released by the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (in their 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics Report). A search today on the Indeed.com website (considered to be the largest and most often used job listing website) lists 395 open job positions available when a search was performed for “Pharmacist Central Florida”. These pharmacist open job positions exist in all types of pharmacy settings. This includes the traditional independent retail community pharmacies and retail chain pharmacies, as well as institutions, clinics, hospital pharmacies and specialty pharmacies (such as compounding pharmacies, IV infusion pharmacies and mail-order pharmacy businesses).  Although this may perhaps change in years to come due to the projected increase in the number of pharmacy graduates (according to an article in Medscape), currently the reality is that open positions far outdistance the number of potential candidates that are realistically available.

Are you a Pharmacist looking for a new opportunity in the Orlando or Central Florida area?

Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing is a nationally renowned pharmacy staffing company that has been a leader in matching qualified pharmacists and pharmacy technician candidates in Florida to the right job and employer for over 31+ years now. Headquartered in Central Florida, HCC has an in-house team of trained consultants that can help assist registered pharmacists to find a job that matches their skills and experience, plus fits their lifestyle and needs. Call us now at (800) 642-1652 or click here now to let us know your availability and we’ll get right back to you to discuss which job opportunities best match your skills and needs.

Who Can Help You With Finding the RIGHT Pharmacist Job?

If you are seriously considering making a change, HCC can help you to “boost” your chances for success. Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been known nationally as a full service Pharmacy staffing agency since 1989. With all the services that we provide to both pharmacies and pharmacists, it is sometimes easy to overlook the fact the we are one of the most successful and respected pharmacy staffing and placement firms in the country. Pharmacy staffing and job placement are our primary business now for over 31+ years. If you are a pharmacist looking for a new position in the Orlando and Central Florida area (or considering a career change), we urge you to talk with us. With both temporary and permanent placement positions immediately available, contact us today online or call us at 800-642-1652 to explore how we can help you in your choice of a new pharmacy career path in Central Florida.


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Emergency Pharmacist Positions and the Coronavirus

coronavirus and pharmacy prescriptionsThe coronavirus has dominated the news recently and is the singular topic of discussion for the vast majority of people across the country for obvious reasons. Yet, until recently, the pharmacy profession had received very little public attention as it relates to the rapid spread of the virus in the United States and the precautions that are being taken publicly in our nation’s efforts to slow the coronavirus down. Now, however, several steps taken recently by numerous retail community pharmacies nationwide are placing the danger that many retail pharmacists are facing into the media “spotlight” when it comes to pharmacists and other ancillary pharmacy personnel being “front-line providers” for the public during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Is Curbside Only Prescription Service In The Near Future?

Many community pharmacies are now offering only curbside prescription pickup and dropoff as a means of protecting pharmacists and pharmacy personnel from exposure to the virus. Pharmacists have always been what’s been termed “easy access health professionals”, being physically accessible to the public at large in a business that is essentially location based and welcomes customers into their retail stores and locations to get their prescriptions filled and shop for various items like over-the-counter medications and remedies.
Here are just a few examples of the new curbside only prescription pickup and dropoff service that were featured in the news in just the past few days:
– In Omaha, Nebraska, customers of a local community pharmacy are no longer allowed inside the store to pick up or drop off their prescriptions. Stopping their customers at the door, no public traffic at all is allowed to enter Kubat’s Pharmacy. They offer patients the additional options of delivery service or mailing the Rx’s out, but if the patient insists on coming to the pharmacy, they simply won’t let them come inside. Instead, in an effort at keeping the staff safe from the threat of coronavirus exposure, the transaction is made right in the doorway of the pharmacy.
– In Colorado, the Good Day Pharmacies located in both Longmont and Loveland now offer customers only curbside prescription pickup and dropoff, along with the additional option of delivery service. Good Day management said that their retail operations want to do their part to help prevent the virus from spreading and they’re hoping that their “customer free stores” will help in doing just that.
– Just yesterday this curbside prescription pickup and delivery spread to a Health Center in Florence, South Carolina. McLeod Choice Pharmacy is the outpatient pharmacy at McLeod Health and began curbside pickup and delivery of prescriptions to patients. With designated parking spaces right outside the pharmacy, runners are stationed out in front of the pharmacy, taking prescriptions from patients and dropping off the prescriptions to the customer’s car when ready. In addition to filling just prescriptions, the employees and patients can give the runner a list of over-the-counter medications and they will do the shopping for them and take it all back to the car as well. Starting yesterday at about noon, the pharmacy serviced an estimated 120 customers by the time they closed their doors at 7 PM EST.

This curbside service is how customers are now goding to be “forced” to drop-off and pick up their prescriptions, OTC medicines and other items at community pharmacies all across the United States according to numerous industry experts. This change comes about in an effort to both slow down the rapid advance of the coronavirus, plus help protect the pharmacists and pharmacy personnel as “front-line providers” from getting the virus during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Relief Pharmacists in Emergencies Like the Coronavirus

The need for temporary and relief pharmacists during emergency situations like the one that our nation is currently facing is nothing new. Numerous potential lethal scenarios and emergency situations can and do occur – those times when an emergency relief pharmacist can be of such critical importance to a community. Potentially saving the lives of one’s own family, friends and neighbors, plus perhaps even helping to save the lives of complete strangers in dangerous times such as these, makes being an emergency relief pharmacist such a gratifying and rewarding job opportunity. In smaller rural areas with no pharmacists to rely on for “back-up” support, emergencies such as the one we now face dealing with the coronavirus can quickly turn into an escalating crisis for an entire community .

Choose an Emergency Pharmacy Staffing Firm

As these new and somewhat drastic precautions are being undertaken to help ensure the safety of retail pharmacists and ancillary personnel such as pharmacy technicians from being exposed to the coronavirus, the fact that numerous pharmacists will come down with the virus is a reality that cannot be overlooked. All pharmacy owners and managers must now rush to get an emergency relief plan in place if one or more of their pharmacists becomes afflicted with the coronavirus.

As with all other vendors, choosing the right pharmacy staffing agency is critical. You want one that is not too small as to be geographically constrained and that has a limited number of viable pharmacists that meet your specific needs. If you own or run a “smaller” pharmacy operation or business, then it’s important that the staffing firm you select to partner with is not too large and, therefore, is not service oriented when dealing with a “smaller” client’s immediate needs like yourself.

The perfect choice if your pharmacy is located in the Southeastern part of the US is Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing. Our emergency pharmacist staffing service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. HCC maintains one of the largest active pools of emergency pharmacists in the nation, thus allowing us to quickly locate available, qualified and reliable pharmacists during an emergency situation in the following states: Florida, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. Our proprietary online system allows us to match your needs with the most qualified available candidates to work temporary relief during your emergency. HCC also ensures that all of our emergency pharmacists comply with all HIPAA requirements and also maintain professional liability insurance.

Please also note that HCC can fill all of your emergency relief staffing needs regarding pharmacy technicians (in Florida only). HCC has been the leading provider of qualified, registered, licensed and professional pharmacy technicians (CPhTs) in Florida since 1989. As with emergency pharmacists, satisfaction with our emergency pharmacy technician staffing is guaranteed!

We strongly urge you to be proactive regarding establishing a relation with us now (this way all required paperwork is completed before an emergency situation actually occurs or, as is the case of the coronavirus we presently face, escalates). Then, when you do actually require an emergency relief pharmacist, HCC will be ready to meet your needs so that you can relax and rest easy. Call us now at (800) 642-1652 or take a moment and Contact Us Online and an HCC in-house staffing consultant will contact you as soon as possible to discuss all of your emergency and staffing needs.

 

 

 


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Relief Pharmacist Jobs

Emergency Relief Pharmacist StaffingYears ago the term “relief pharmacy jobs” was a term that one never really heard very frequently. In the not too distant past, if a pharmacist was ill, went on a vacation, or simply needed time off for an unscheduled absence (such as a death in their family), his or her co-workers simply worked overtime to cover their shifts. This scenario has definitely changed in the last decade. Now many times it can be a major challenge for a pharmacy owner to get a temporary pharmacist to work relief in certain instances to staff their store. This is even more critical for pharmacy owners in smaller towns and rural areas where there are far fewer pharmacists. With very few pharmacists to rely on for relief, a pharmacy can be faced with a situation where it can not even up its doors for business. To deal with potential crisis situations that can occur, a pharmacy owner must learn to be pro-active versus reactive, plus avoid the temptation of hoping that it simply will never happen to them!

Why It’s Harder to Fill Relief Pharmacy Jobs

There are several reasons that finding a temporary relief pharmacist has become difficult. Plus why this trend will continue to escalate. Let’s take a quick look at just a few:

– The tremendous increase in RPh salaries:
The average pharmacist in the United States makes approximately $120,000 a year according to statistics from the US Department of Labor. Many of us older pharmacists can still remember when salaries were roughly a third of this. In 1980 for example, $20 per hour was the norm, as compared to the $60+ per hour rates that are seen now. What this means is that the average pharmacist makes a pretty substantial living and simply isn’t as interested in working overtime for more money than in the past. Plus if the projections regarding salaries continuing to steadily increase for the next five or more years, the problem of finding relief and temporary pharmacists will obviously also continue to increase.

– Less pharmacists available for temp work:
The AACP (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) released a study way back in 2014 (named the National Pharmacist Workforce Study) that showed that as few as eight percent (8%) of pharmacists worked a second job as a relief pharmacist. Compare that to 1990, when approximately fifteen percent (15%) of all pharmacists worked second jobs. The study also revealed that pharmacists now average only 6 hours per week working as relief, as compared to the 10 – 12 hours extra per week seen back in 1990. The study also noted that a significant decrease has been seen every year since 2009 in the number of available pharmacists who were even willing to work temp or relief jobs. This trend can only continue and results in a decreased number of pharmacists to choose from should a relief situation arise in your business operation.

Advantages of Using a Pharmacy Staffing Agency

The use of a pharmacy staffing agency is the best solution available today for a pharmacy owner when it comes to filling relief pharmacist jobs that they have open. Staffing agencies offer qualified and dependable temporary and relief pharmacists to work in many areas and locales. This also includes registered pharmacy technician staffing and CPhT relief staffing. The right agency equates to having a pool of qualified pharmacists or pharmacy techs available and ready to work when needed.

When objectively considering using a pharmacy staffing agency, the following advantages are worth noting:
– Most agencies will perform the necessary license and reference verifications, plus do a criminal background check on the pharmacists and technicians that they employ. The right agency can also provide drug screening and competency testing, along with all the other pre-employment documentation.
– The agency takes care of all the hiring expenses. They do the advertising and recruiting for every pharmacist and tech. Not only is job advertising money saved, but valuable time is saved by not having to review resumes and then interview potential job candidates.
– The agency takes care of processing all payroll and tax reporting, resulting in lowered accounting expenses for the pharmacy.
– Insurance and Workman’s Comp are taken care of by the staffing agency.
– Payroll taxes are not applicable using an agency.
– No overtime expenses to existing staff are incurred.

Choosing a Pharmacy Staffing Agency

When choosing a pharmacy staffing agency, finding one that you can consider a “partner” is crucially important. You want one that is not too small as to be geographically restricted and thus have a limited number of viable candidates that can meet your specific needs. You also want one that is not too large and is not service oriented when it comes to servicing the immediate needs that you may have.

The perfect choice in the Southeastern region of the USA is HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing. Our staffing service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and maintains one of the largest active pools of temp pharmacists in the nation. This allows us to quickly locate available, qualified and reliable pharmacists in the following states: Florida, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. Our proprietary online system allows us to match your needs with the most qualified candidate to work relief and ensures that all of our pharmacists comply with all HIPAA requirements and maintain professional liability insurance. As always, with HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing, your satisfaction is guaranteed!

Please also note that HCC can fill all of your relief staffing needs for pharmacy technicians (in Florida only). HCC has been the leading provider of qualified, registered, licensed and professional pharmacy technicians (CPhTs) in Florida since 1989. As with our pharmacists, satisfaction with our pharmacy technician staffing is guaranteed!

We strongly urge you to be proactive regarding establishing a relationship with us now (this way all required paperwork is completed before an emergency situation actually occurs). Then, when you have need of a relief pharmacist, HCC will be ready to meet your needs so that you can relax and rest easy. Call us now at (800) 642-1652 or take a moment and Contact Us Online and an in-house HCC staffing consultant will contact you as soon as possible to discuss all of your staffing needs.

About Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing

At Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing we have been helping pharmacies throughout the Southeastern United States with temp and relief pharmacists for over 31+ years now. HCC centers its focus primarily on the following six states:
– Florida
– Georgia
– Texas
– South Carolina
– North Carolina
– Alabama

We encourage you to be pro-active in regards to the issue of getting dependable and qualified pharmacists for relief when the need arises for you. Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been a national leader in regards to temporary Pharmacist staffing and is known as a “full service” Pharmacy staffing company since 1989. With all the services that we provide to pharmacies, it is sometimes easy to overlook the fact the we are one of the most successful and respected pharmacy staffing firms in the nation. Our pool of qualified and dependable pharmacists available covers all aspects of job types: retail, hospital, clinical and specialty pharmacies.

Call us today at 800.642.1652, or contact us online to talk with our experienced staff to start a discussion on how we may be able to help you. That way when you do need a temporary or relief pharmacist, help is only a phone call away!

 

 

 

 

 


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Pharmacist Recruitment Firm

pharmacy jobsPharmacy owners and managers are all faced with the same dilemma – “How do we hire the right Pharmacist for the job?”. As everyone already knows, it is more than simply finding a “warm body” to fill the position. It requires that the candidate posses the right skill sets, qualifications, licensing requirements and experience to fill the pharmacist position and job description perfectly. The firs time around!

From the pharmacist’s perspective, one has to include salary, benefits, geography, shift hours and company culture into their decision making process. Most employers find the process tedious and painful, even those with full time HR departments. For most pharmacy owners and managers the hiring of a pharmacist to fill an opening is a reactive process that must take precedence over their daily job tasks. This leads to hiring mistakes that costs their business both time and money. So how is this to be avoided and the process of recruiting the right pharmacist made efficient and Painless?

What’s the Problem in Recruiting the Right Pharmacist?

The problem in recruiting and then hiring pharmacists is actually twofold. The first centers on skill and timing. The majority of pharmacy owners, directors and managers admit that hiring is not their strong point. Their success is in running and managing the pharmacy as a business operation. Maximizing the businesses efficiency, profitability and cash flow are their primary concern & should be. Finding, interviewing and hiring a new pharmacist is a time consuming endeavor that requires the skill and time that most employers simply don’t have.

The second challenge is the competitive nature of the pharmacist job market. Currently there are simply more jobs than pharmacists. A search on the largest job site Indeed shows 5,817 positions available today throughout the country. Although this will perhaps change by 2020 due to the projected increase in the number of pharmacy graduates (according to an article in Medscape), currently the reality is that open positions far outdistance the number of potential candidates that are realistically available. As we recently just discussed in our last post, perhaps the pharmacy school accreditation issues being seen recently will only lead to a future problem of a shortage of qualified pharmacists that can fit your individual pharmacy’s needs and skill set requirements for the position that you need filled.

What’s the Solution to Recruiting the Right Pharmacist?

Let an experienced Pharmacy recruitment and placement expert find the right pharmacist to fill your job opening. HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been a national leader in regards to Pharmacy placement services and direct hire and is known throughout the USA in all fifty states as a “full service” Pharmacy staffing company since 1989. Pharmacist recruitment, permanent placement and direct hire have been our specialty for over 31+ years now. HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing deals with all aspects of matching the correct pharmacist to the job description requirements and to the employer’s needs in every type of situation and setting. Our in-house staffing experts have experience nationally in all 50 states with all pharmacy job types: retail, hospital, clinical and specialty pharmacies. We also offer a six month pro-rated satisfaction guarantee!

Who Can I Talk To At HCC?

The Pharmacy Recruitment Division here at HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing is managed by Linton Creel, our Vice President of Professional Recruitment and Placement. Linton has extensive knowledge in the area of pharmacy recruitment and his duties include overseeing all aspects of permanent placement, direct hire and recruitment.  As a professional pharmacist recruiter, Linton serves as the liaison between the client and the qualified professionals to fill a pharmacy position resulting in the best possible candidate match possible for our clients. As a pharmacist recruiting expert, Linton takes the time necessary to build a solid relationship with you and learn about your business and your individual preferences and needs. This makes him uniquely qualified to help you locate the best possible candidates for your operation and company – now and in the future – and gives you immediate access to a broader, more talented pool of candidates than you would be able to reach on your own.
Click here to “meet” Linton and learn more about him.

In addition to staffing, recruitment, placement and direct hire of pharmacists, HCC additionally offers the finest pharmacy consulting services available throughout the USA. Customized Policy and Procedure Manuals (including 503A&B), audit and inspection preparation, pharmacy business efficiency reviews, and business management services are just a few of the consulting services that we have specialized in over 31+ years of serving our clients and their specific individual needs.

Call us today at 800.642.1652, or contact us online to discuss your needs. We are so confident you will be satisfied that we offer a six month pro-rated satisfaction guarantee!


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Need Relief or Temporary Pharmacist

Emergency Relief and Temporary Pharmacist StaffingThe issue of getting qualified relief or temporary pharmacist staffing when you suddenly need a pharmacist became an even larger one based on the news the past several weeks regarding two pharmacy schools either losing their accreditation or facing the possibility of losing it. Let’s quickly discuss the two cases receiving all of this media attention that’s focused on them and how it could affect your pharmacy operation and business when you require or need a pharmacist in the future.

Hampton University Loses Accreditation

At their Board of Directors meeting in January of 2020, The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), announced that they had revoked the Hampton University School of Pharmacy’s accreditation. Interestly, the school’s Pharm.D.(doctor of pharmacy) program had been placed on probation all the way back in July of 2017. The Board cited that two of its primary educational standards, “progression & educational outcomes”, had not been met by the educational institution.

State laws requires all pharmacists to graduate from an ACPE-accredited school in order to work as a R.Ph. or Pharm.D. The ACPE did allow Hampton University to implement a plan that lets currently enrolled students switch schools and thus graduate from an accredited program. But after the class of 2023, graduates won’t have degrees from an accredited pharmacy college or school. It should be noted that the Hampton University pharmacy program is currently placed on “probationary status” while it appeals the ACPE revocation of their accreditation.

Auburn University Cheating Investigation Underway

The Harrison School of Pharmacy at Auburn University in Alabama is under investigation for alleged widespread cheating by pharmacy students. Auburn University’s pharmacy program was ranked by the most recent U.S. News & World Report to be among the top twenty percent (20%) in the nation, offering students both Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees, as well as graduate degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

In an email last week to the student body at the pharmacy school, Dean Richard A. Hansen PhD stated that: “Last week we learned of potentially widespread cheating among our P1-P3 students. We are still gathering information, but I wanted everyone to be aware of the issue, the actions we are taking, and our anticipated timeline. After gathering some initial data, I addressed each of the P1 – P3 classes and offered leniency for those that voluntarily came forward. Since this time, we have met with a number of students that have revealed their actions and identified others that were involved. This continues to unfold as we uncover new people involved”.
Although some students may have voluntarily come forward and cooperated with the investigators, it’s anticipated that students who did not turn themselves in will face further sanctions or even potential dismissal from the pharmacy school’s program.

Fewer Pharmacist To Choose From?

The two examples cited above can only add to the problem of more relief and temporary pharmacist jobs than pharmacists available to fill them. Being in the pharmacy staffing industry for over 31+ years now, our experience is that there are far fewer pharmacists who choose to work extra jobs as relief. The same is true of those that choose to work only in temporary pharmacy staffing positions.

Based on a survey released by the AACP (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) in 2014 called the National Pharmacist Workforce Study, statistics revealed that only about 8% of all pharmacists nationally worked a second job as a relief pharmacist. Back in the 1990’s this number was estimated to be around 15%. Additionally, the average extra time worked by a pharmacist as relief was an estimated six hours weekly. This represents a significant decrease from the estimated 10 – 12 hours that pharmacists “moon lighted” back in the 1990’s. The study noted that a significant decrease regarding available pharmacists working part-time or as relief was seen every year since 2009. One can only see this trend continuing, leading to a smaller pool of pharmacists to choose from should you need them.

What Are the Issues of Finding Pharmacy Relief Services?

The issues involved that one should think about in the finding a relief pharmacist can be summed up quickly:

– What staffing agency should I call?
Many find that the pharmacy staffing agencies are either very small or very large when needing one. The smaller ones have very limited resources, while the larger ones are harder to do business with as a new client (as they are focused primarily on satisfying their existing regular and mostly larger clients first).

– Do they have experienced and dependable Pharmacists to send for relief services?
Many pharmacy staffing agencies have a very limited pool of candidates to choose from. Being limited geographically may mean that their available resources are already being utilized, or that the pharmacists that they can offer may not be dependable. What could be worse than expecting some peace of mind while dealing with a personal emergency situation and getting a call that the temporary pharmacist was a “no show” that day?

– Quality choices that meet your specific needs are a major concern.
If you are operating any type of specialty pharmacy (compounding, IV infusion, oncology, mail order, etc.) you may realize that not just any relief pharmacist can walk in and function in your environment. This may be true in many retail community pharmacy environments also. Even with experience, is the pharmacist of the quality and possess the required experience and skills that you (and your patients) expect?

– Pricing and costs are always a consideration!
A major factor in choosing a pharmacy staffing agency to meet your relief needs is obviously the cost. In certain instances the pricing may be a secondary issue, but let’s be realistic: Price is always an issue. When it comes to supply and demand, an agency with few available candidates will charge more. Travel charges may also be added on that will inflate the cost of the fill-in pharmacist. Also keep in mind that in the 1990’s the average salary for a pharmacist was about $50,000. Comparing that number to the average pharmacist’s salary of between $112,000 – $119,000 in 2016, one can easily draw the conclusion that perhaps the cost of a relief or temp pharmacist prohibits a pharmacy owner from ever going on a vacation or having an emergency!

– Seasonality is sometimes a major concern when getting pharmacy relief for your business.
In many cases seasonality will affect both the availability and the price. High demand during certain times of the year are a normal factor on both pharmacist selection and cost. Holidays are a great example. How many qualified pharmacists want to actually spend the major holidays working? Recent statistics show that fewer and fewer pharmacists will give up their precious “free time” than ever before.

Being Prepared Versus Reactive

To avoid future problems when looking for a relief pharmacist and for available qualified pharmacists to meet any temporary needs you may have that arise, one must embrace the following adage that most major companies have learned over time: Hiring is an ongoing process not event. Another way of saying it is be prepared. Here at HCC Pharmacy Staffing we have been actively “preaching” to both clients and potential clients to be pro-active when it comes to the issue of getting a dependable and qualified relief pharmacist in place for when the need arises. Yet the reality is that the majority of pharmacy owners are reactive and not prepared when the time comes. The old cliche that has become HCC’s tagline over the past 30+ years is that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”! This certainly applies to getting an experienced and dependable temporary pharmacist quickly when the situation requires one.

About Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing

At Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing we have been helping pharmacies throughout the Southeastern United States with temp and relief pharmacists for over 31+ years now. HCC centers its focus primarily on the following six states:
– Florida
– Georgia
– Texas
– South Carolina
– North Carolina
– Alabama

We encourage you to be pro-active in regards to the issue of getting dependable and qualified pharmacists for relief when the need arises for you. Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been a national leader in regards to temporary Pharmacist staffing and is known as a “full service” Pharmacy staffing company since 1989. With all the services that we provide to pharmacies, it is sometimes easy to overlook the fact the we are one of the most successful and respected pharmacy staffing firms in the nation. Our pool of qualified and dependable pharmacists available covers all aspects of job types: retail, hospital, clinical and specialty pharmacies.

Call us today at 800.642.1652, or contact us online to talk with our experienced staff to start a discussion on how we may be able to help you. That way when you do need a temporary or relief pharmacist, help is only a phone call away!


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Pharmacy Drug Shortages in 2020

drug shortagesDrug shortages are always a frustrating situation for everyone involved in patient medical healthcare: the physicians, the nurses, the pharmacists and obviously the patient. The pharmacist certainly cannot fill the prescription for a medication that is unavailable, the nurse in clinical settings cannot administer to their patients what the pharmacy can’t supply to them, the patients cannot get the medicine that they need for their specific individual medical condition, and the doctor or physician can’t utilize the chosen and preferred method for helping to treat his or her patient in receiving the highest possible level of acceptable and preferred medication to ensure that the his/her patient receives the very best treatment that there is. Many times the pharmacist, doctor and, worst of all, the patient is forced to settle for the “next best” treatment that’s available. Then add into the “equation” the lost and wasted time that both the patient and druggist will usually spend on trying to locate the medication elsewhere. Additionally, the stress and anxiety this causes to everyone is something that you cannot even associate a monetary price to. Lastly, keeping in mind that the patient is already ill and suffering from a treatable condition that now cannot be therapeutically alleviated with the best possible medication (if at all without it!), and one can clearly see the dramatic and almost “domino like” negative effects that a drug shortage may potentially result in.

In attempt to put this in its proper perspective, according to one recent survey by Vizient, Inc. , hospitals alone in the U.S. lose over $350 million a year due to drug shortages, plus that more than an additional 8.5 million hours of people’s time are wasted annually.

What Statistics are there on Drug Shortages?

Drug shortages in the USA are documented and monitored by the ASHP (The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists), a professional organization of over forty-five thousand members that’s primarily comprised of pharmacists, pharmacy interns and students. Their most recent update on drug shortages in the United States was released just a week ago on January 24th of 2020. Note that this annually updated statistical report even includes the data from last year or 2019.

The January 24, 2020 report released by the ASHP included numerous statistics and data to analyze for those experts that enjoy doing that, but there were five key statistics and takeaways from the recent drug shortage report.

  1. There were 166 new drug shortages in 2019. This is actually lower than the number of shortages that the were documented by the ASHP in 2018 when there was a grand total of 186 for the year. Below are the yearly drug shortage counts that were document by the ASHP in the United States annually over the past two decades (from 2001 to 2019):
    2019: 166
    2018: 186
    2017: 146
    2016: 154
    2015: 142
    2014: 185
    2013: 140
    2012: 204
    2011: 267
    2010: 211
    2009: 166
    2008: 149
    2007: 129
    2006: 70
    2005: 74
    2004: 58
    2003: 73
    2002: 88
    2001: 120
    Although down from last year, and well short of the drug shortage record of 267 that were seen in 2011, there were 166 situations last year where a shortage did occur and resulted in the negative consequences caused by drug shortages that we discussed previously.
  2. Keeping in mind that the drug shortages we are discussing are NEW shortages, perhaps a better number to put this in its proper perspective is the total number of ACTIVE shortages. These include, quite obviously, the new ones each year added to the existing ones that are still in play. When we look closely at the total active drug shortages by year, perhaps we can all get a better appreciation of how drastic the drug shortage situation currently is. Plus it is actually growing each year!
    In 2018 the total number of active shortages was 915. At the end of 2019 the total number of active shortages was 1,087. Perhaps there was a drop in new ones, but the real point is that the total active and ongoing number has steadily been increasing every year! In fact, even though the number of new shortages decreased in 2019 when compared to 2018, the number of active shortages increased by almost 20%. Perhaps that helps explain why the NCBI (The US National Institutes of Health) has called the drug shortages a Crisis in the United States!
  3. Greater than half of the drug shortages (approximately 60%) were for non-injectable medications.
  4. Central nervous system drugs (included are drug treatments in patients with anxiety, insomnia, stress, etc.) comprised the therapeutic class of drugs that accounted for the most drug shortages in 2019. These were followed by:
    – Antibiotics
    – Electrolyte replacements (including IV electrolyte replacement treatments)
    – Cardiovascular medications (including blood pressure and heart disease drugs)
    – Chemotherapy medications
    – Gastro-intestinal, Hormonal, and EENT medications were all relatively about even and comprised the rest of the therapeutic classes of the 2019 drug shortages list.
  5. For the 2019 list regarding the causes of the new drug shortages, the majority were classified as “unknown cause” (over 80%). However, this inflated number was repudiated by by FDA Drug Shortage Task Force report that documented that greater than 60% of all the new shortages in 2019 were attributed to quality and/or manufacturing issues by the manufacturers, suppliers, and/or distributors. The FDA’s report also stated that the ASHP report’s number was askew and incorrect due to the fact that a “significant number of manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of the drugs” simply refused to provide a reason for the shortage on the ASHP report.

What Do Drug Shortages Mean to a Pharmacy Manager or Owner?

In what is now known as “The Age of Documentation” in the pharmacy business, updating your Policy and Procedure manual is a must. This manual must contain the required policies and reflect the actual operational procedures of the pharmacy. So how your pharmacy handles these drug recalls requires a customized and detailed policy be a part of your P&P, plus additionally, the documented procedures or steps undertaken to make sure that the policy is properly implemented and carried out by your staff. In addition to what most pharmacy managers and owners would consider the “normal” policies and procedures that are expected, how you deal with these drug shortages must include both Drug Recalls and Drug Shortages now. Also, training for your staff on how to address drug shortages (and documenting that you do have such training and that every employee receives it) is also a must!

Healthcare Consultants is a leading national Pharmacy Consulting company offering expertise in all areas of pharmacy consulting. Known for being one of the nation’s leading pharmacy staffing agencies for over three decades, HCC has been in the business of Pharmacy Consulting for 31+ years now. Known nationally as one of the industry leaders in providing a full range of professional pharmacy consultation services to its vast array of clients, HCC is owned and operated by pharmacists. We can provide proven expertise and experience in all facets of pharmacy operations, including retail, hospital and all specialty pharmacy venues.

Don’t overlook the fact that the mishandling of drug recalls and shortages can result in serious problems and issues to your pharmacy business. As the old cliché goes – “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!” Contact us online now or call us today for a Free Consultation at 800-642-1652 to discuss how we can help you.


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Medication Errors

Medication errors occur in a pharmacy under the best of conditions. However, a previous Missouri court ruling regarding a pharmacy medication dispensing error clearly shows that a lack of proper supervision, documentation and up-to-date policies and procedures will not be tolerated when the public’s safety is placed in jeopardy as a result. In an excellent article released several months ago in the Australian Journal of Pharmacy, an extremely valid point is made: the owner of the pharmacy is always ultimately responsible! The point was well made that although many pharmacies are owned by pharmacists (or non-pharmacists) who do not actually work in them, in the end it is the owner’s responsibility to make certain that current and up to date Policies and Procedures are maintained and followed by all of the pharmacy’s staff. Being an “absentee” owner will not stop the legal ramifications of dispensing errors and other mistakes by employees that could (and should) have been prevented. And that the owner is now held both responsible and accountable for in 2020 and future years!

The Missouri Case and Ruling

The Missouri Court of Appeals (Western District) reversed a lower court’s decision in late October of 2017 that centered around a medication dispensing error by a pharmacist in Missouri. The dispensing error occurred when a pharmacy technician took several prescriptions over the phone from a Registered Nurse on behalf of the physician who was discharging his patient from the hospital. Although several mistakes were actually made by the technician, the most significant medication dispensing error was that the prescription phoned in by the RN for the patient’s metolazone was transcribed incorrectly to read methotrexate. The directions given to the patient for “once daily” administration of the drug inherently led to the patient’s death less than three weeks later (after she followed the directions on the prescription bottle and took a dose every day).

The family then sued after the patient’s death and were awarded $2,000,000 in damages by a jury after a trial. Even though gross negligence was proven and admitted by the defendants in the initial trial, the damages awarded were reduced by a lower Missouri appeals court to $125,000 (based on Missouri statutory caps and limits to damages awarded by a jury). The victim’s family further pursued the ruling, which eventually led to the recent reversal by the higher court. The court upheld the jurors’ decision to award the patient’s family the additional damages that they initially were awarded for the pain and suffering caused by “aggravating factors and circumstances” resulting from the medication dispensing errors by the pharmacy.

The Four (4) Medication Dispensing Errors as Noted By The Missouri Court

What makes this case so noteworthy is that the Missouri Court of Appeals actually broke down the case into four separate incidences of medication errors occurring in the pharmacy’s process of dispensing the prescription.
1. The first error cited by the court was that the technician took the prescription verbally over the telephone. Although currently Missouri is one of the seventeen (17) sates that allows pharmacy technicians to take prescriptions verbally by telephone, the court noted that the pharmacy’s own policies and procedures actually prohibited this practice and state that only RPh’s are allowed to accept prescriptions via verbal phone communication.

2. The second error was that the pharmacist did not question the methotrexate being administered once daily. In conjunction was the fact that the pharmacy’s computer system failed to “flag” the daily methotrexate dose. The court’s opinion stated that the pharmacist failed to properly review the medication and its administration, plus the court noted that there was a lack of a computerized “hard stop” for methotrexate prescriptions prescribed to be administered once a day.

3. The third error cited by the court was the failure by the pharmacy to provide the patient with the necessary education and the required patient counseling when dispensing a new Rx to a patient. Especially when the prescription is for a high risk medication (such as methotrexate).

4. The fourth, and perhaps the most significant error cited by the court, was the fact that the pharmacy “had made no meaningful changes to its procedures as a result of the patient’s death.” The court noted that in the time since the original verdict, the pharmacy had failed to update and document any changes to their policy and procedures manual. This included any documented updates to their procedures regarding a pharmacy technician’s role in the prescription dispensing process.

Minimizing Medication Errors and Pharmacy Dispensing Errors

The FDA defines a medication error as “any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or harm to a patient”. A study released way back in 2006 by The Institute of Medicine (a part of the US National Academy of Sciences) showed that medication errors result in harm to at least 1.5 million patients annually. Another study showed that over 400,000 patient injuries take place in hospitals in the US alone annually due to medication errors. Medication errors occur for a variety of reasons. and everyone agrees that no one is perfect. Yet in today’s society of consumers having more access to drug information than ever before, medication dispensing errors by pharmacists are being reported much more frequently. As a pharmacy owner and/or practitioner, we all need to take a hard look at this and ensure that the best practices of pharmacy are always being followed to the best of our abilities. As the National Institute of Health (NIH) points out: “Errors will always occur in any system, but it is essential to identify their causes and attempt to minimize the risks”.

What Does This Ruling Mean to a Pharmacy Owner?

As a pharmacy owner or manager, ask yourself the following questions:
– Do you ensure that if a mistake is made that you have documentation that will prove that you made changes to your written Policy and Procedures Manual to show that you take every step possible to avoid medication dispensing errors?
– Is your staff properly trained and able to document situations where a mistake is made? Do you have job descriptions for your technicians and support personnel?
– When was the last time that your pharmacy took a good look at how it dispenses prescriptions and medications, plus how you document patient counseling?
– Are you following “best practices” and limiting the chance for potential medication dispensing errors (and therefore reducing your risks of potential lawsuits and bad publicity)?
If your answers are “not lately”, then we strongly advise that you get a qualified pharmacy consultant to take an objective look at your policies and procedures. An objective third party review may mean the difference between a court ruling like the damaging case seen in Missouri and your pharmacy maintaining its good reputation.

Pharmacy consulting is an area that most pharmacy owners don’t take advantage of until it is too late. At HCC we stress that addressing and preventing issues before they occur is the key to avoiding future problems, lawsuits and bad publicity. The old cliché that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” has never been more relevant than it is today.

About Healthcare Consultants

Healthcare Consultants has been in the business of Pharmacy Consulting for 31+ years now. Known as one of the nation’s leading full service pharmacy staffing companies, HCC is also one of the industry leaders in providing a full range of professional pharmacy consultation services to its vast array of clients. Owned and operated by pharmacists, Healthcare Consultants can provide proven expertise and experience in all facets of pharmacy operations, including retail, hospital and specialty pharmacy venues. With a full-time staff of in-house Pharmacy Consultant specialists, HCC can answer any questions that you may have in all areas of your business. Contact us online now or call us today at (800) 642-1652 for a free consultation to see how we can help you.

 

 

 


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New Pharmacies and Ownership

New Pharmacy ConsultationNew pharmacy startups and the opening of brand-new retail community pharmacies are occurring at a faster rate this year than ever before seen. Just reviewing the first three to four weeks of January this year reveals a staggering number of new retail community pharmacy businesses being opened and successfully established all across the entire fifty states in the US. Considering the 2019 “explosion” of new independent community retail drug stores, plus the recent national economic growth and positive forecasts for 2020, one can only conclude that the number of new pharmacy start-ups will continue and even, probably, accelerate at a rate that’s never been seen previously in all areas of our nation.

Examples of Recent Pharmacy Startups

Just as examples of this pharmacy startup trend, consider the following recently opened or scheduled to open retail community pharmacies that have been in the news in just the past several weeks.

  1. In East Haddam, Connecticut – Nutmeg Pharmacy announced just this week that it intends to hold a grand opening of a new Moodus village location on February 10th of 2020. Many residents of the rural areas of Connecticut have witnessed the closings of their independently owned and operated local community pharmacies and drugstores over the past several years. The town of East Haddam is located in Middlesex County, Connecticut, with a total population of less than 10,000 people (9,126 according to the 2017 US Census Report), and the community has been without without a pharmacy for more than three months now after the Nathan Hale Pharmacy shut down and closed its doors in October of 2019. The drugstore will obviously be focused on filling and dispensing of prescription medicines, but will also be offering their customers and patients specialized packaging, first-aid supplies and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, plus free delivery.
  2. In Nederland, Texas, a new retail community pharmacy opened for business just this past week. The Mid County Pharmacy opened their doors to an enthusiastic community for their the first day of business with a celebratory local crowd gathered and officials from both the Nederland and Greater Port Arthur Chambers of Commerce in attendance. Located in Jefferson County, Texas, Nederland has a population of almost 18,000 people and was actually settled all the way back in the late 1800’s by Dutch immigrants on land that was sold to the immigrants by the Kansas City Southern railroad. It is a part of the area in Texas that many people refer to as “the Golden Triangle”, which comprises Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Orange. The owners of the new pharmacy also operate multiple independent pharmacies in New York and New Jersey, but this is their vary first location in Texas.
  3. In Williamstown, Massachusetts a brand new drugstore has announced that it is scheduled to open their doors this coming March, with local residents hoping that the pharmacy will fill the void left by the closing of a small independent pharmacy several years ago. Williamstown is located in Berkshire County, in the northwest corner of Massachusetts, and shares borders with Vermont to their north and New York to their west. Following the shutdown and closing of the only local retail pharmacy servicing the area’s residents several years ago, both the students attending the local Williams College and the neighborhood townsfolk have often experienced challenges and frustration in getting their prescriptions and medications in this small town that has a population of less than 8,000 residents.

    Buying an Established Pharmacy

    In addition to the rapid pace of new pharmacy practices being recently started and established, there is also an increasing frequency of established pharmacies being sold, bought and reorganized under new ownership and management. Once again, simply scanning the past several weeks reveals numerous examples to consider.

    One such example is a drugstore located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After several months of careful planning and getting the store ready, the Essentia Health-Deer River Pharmacy has opened their doors and serving the needs of their community and Grand Rapids’ local residents. The newly reopened independent community pharmacy was formerly known as Ott Drug, and it remains in the same physical location as its predecessor. Grand Rapids is the largest city in Western Michigan and the second biggest city in the entire state.The drugstore will offer their customers numerous reasons to get their prescriptions filled at the new store. Some of these include:
    – Numerous “no appointment required” immunization services, including flu shots and shingle vaccines
    – Legend Rx prescriptions and medications
    – OTC (over-the-counter) medications
    – Safe medication disposal services
    – Medication management
    – Refill requests online via the Internet
    – Custom medication packaging

    Starting a Drugstore or Buying an Existing Pharmacy

    If you are considering a pharmacy startup or the purchase of an existing drugstore business in 2020, then consider asking yourself several basic questions. Your answers may make the difference between your pharmacy becoming a successful business venture versus it being a disappointing failure and a loss of money.
    1. How much money and funding will I need and where will it come from?
    Your answer should include all of the possible initial startup or acquirement costs, plus take into consideration such ongoing costs as staffing (if necessary) and marketing. If this is your first business venture, are there additional costs that you may not have thought of? How much debt or equity are realistic? How best to obtain funding should you need it?
    2. Do I need a written pharmacy business plan?
    The answer is YES! Whether starting up a pharmacy business or purchasing an existing drugstore, every successful entrepreneur knows that in order to become successful one must write a solid business plan. In addition to being a “road map to success”, a solid business plan can help you get the funding from lenders that may be required.
    2. What experts will I need?
    You may have already considered an accountant and an attorney, BUT the most important expert of all is a seasoned Pharmacy Consultant on your team. HCC is known for being a national leader in helping pharmacy owners plan, purchase, setup and staff their pharmacies nationwide. Having helped open hundreds of new pharmacies and pharmacy startups, HCC ensures that all aspects of the business are covered and done right.

    Pharmacy Startup Experts

    There are many factors to consider in the planning, execution and the long-term success of starting up or purchasing an existing pharmacy business. Planning and execution are the keys to a drugstore being opened and becoming a successful business. Some of the considerations and tasks that Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing can provide include:

    – Creation and review of a business plan
    – Evaluation of proposed business location
    – Design recommendations
    – Obtaining financing
    – Assistance and guidance in the application process
    – Provide a Pharmacy Manger for both the application process and inspection
    – Provide a list of equipment and supplies (both for the Board of Pharmacy inspection and the actual Pharmacy operations)
    – Make arrangements for the final inspection of the facility (including a mock-inspection)
    – Suggestions for vendors
    – Provide legal support
    – Provide staffing

    If you are considering starting up or purchasing a pharmacy in 2020, we strongly urge you to get in touch with us today for a free consultation. We offer you the support of an experienced staff who have been through the process numerous times and know the business inside and out!  With over 31+ years of experience, Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has helped hundreds of business owners (both pharmacists and non-pharmacists alike) establish successful businesses over the years.  Contact us now online or call us today at (800) 642-1652  to discuss how we can help you.


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