Amazons Effects On Pharmacist Staffing And Salaries

amazon pharmacy and how it is affecting pharmacist hiring and salariesOnline retail giant Amazon has dominated the recent media and news channels with its opening of an online retail pharmacy. The pharmacy can be found at pharmacy.amazon.com and is basically a self-supporting website that’s actually separated from their primary online website. The website is basically designed for patients to have their prescriptions prescribed by their doctor or physician, then filled and delivered to you by Amazon Pharmacy. This Amazon Pharmacy business model very much is based on the concept of mail order pharmacies: Get the patient or customer to place the initial order initiated by their doctor, then continuously provide the customers with refills shipped to them at certain time intervals such as 30, 60 or 90 days.

What Amazon Pharmacy Offers Patients

Amazon certainly has been planning this move for a long time. Way back in August 2017, the big news of the day centered around their plans to enter the prescription drug arena by developing an online presence. We even discussed how Amazon would affect existing mail-order pharmacy operations and retail community pharmacy businesses by doing it.

So after almost three years of discussion and careful planning, Amazon pulls the trigger and opens their Amazon Pharmacy doors to the public. Rx fulfillment, dispensing and shipping are what they offer. Yet they are able to make the following promises to potential patients (customers):

  1. Providing prescription pharmacy pricing that’s “clear and understandable”
  2. Secure patient medical records
  3. Always having a Pharmacist available for patients (customers) to speak with and receive a personal consultation if necessary
  4. Never again standing in a line at a pharmacy
  5. Never having to worry again about your medications and refills (in other words, peace of mind and no anxiety for their patients)

It is very clear to see that Amazon Pharmacy offers something of “perceived” value to both potential new patients, and to their existing customer base. Ease of use online with a well thought out website, great pricing, no lines to stand in while waiting for your prescriptions, plus the peace of mind that Amazon’s reputation for outstanding customer service inherently leads to decreases of both the stress levels and worrying by the patients or their family members responsible for getting their prescription medications.

What are Amazon’s Potential Effects on Pharmacist Staffing and Salaries?

To answer this as best as we can, we all need to keep in mind several factors that Amazon is basing its decision on to enter the prescription medication market.

Service – According to several recent consumer surveys, customers are more willing today to pay for customer service than ever before. Especially consumers in the senior citizen population segment.

Pricing – Prescription sales comprise roughly 95% of the average independent’s gross revenue. Compare this to the large retail chains that average roughly an estimated 50% and make most of their profit on non-prescription items and front-end merchandise. Amazon is obviously well known for having lower prices on items than their “physically restricted” retail competitors, plus they are able to stock almost all items offered (or obtain them quickly from their partners and other resources).

Wait Time – the wait time in most retail chain stores is usually extremely long and, as consumer surveys have always shown, “very stressful” to many customers. This is even more true for elderly consumers and geriatric patients. Many times a patient is extremely ill and an hour or more wait can seem like an eternity to them.

An Aging Population – People are living longer than ever before and that means more prescription sales. In the US alone, projections estimate that the number of citizens 65 and older will more than double from 46 million today to over 98 million by 2060. Even more significant are the projections that the senior citizen (65 and older) age group’s share of the total population will increase from the current 15% to a staggering 24%.

Additional ReasonsForbes also noted additional reasons that they were predicting Amazon Pharmacy to be a huge success: the ability to track your orders, the ease of setting up your account, choice of choosing your own packaging, online chat functionality, plus analytics to prevent adverse drug events or reactions from occurring.

What this all really means is that if Amazon Pharmacy is successful, many retail community pharmacies and mail-order specialty pharmacy businesses will most likely suffer with a loss of market share. It’s clear to see that Amazon offers something of “perceived’ value to everybody! The online ease of use is very appealing to both the Millennials and Baby Boomers alike these days. Whether a patient lives in a rural area or in the middle of a major metropolitan area or city, many will find utilizing Amazon Services to be extremely beneficial and switch to it. As will most consumers who are price conscious when shopping on a fixed budget, considering that over one-third of all online shopping, “price checks”, and product pricing comparisons now originate on Amazon anyway.

There’s no reason to believe that Amazon’s “experiment” in selling pharmacy prescriptions online will result in anything but tremendous results and success. With a recurring revenue model based on the continuous refilling of patients’ prescriptions, Amazon is ready to “rock and roll” and has had over three years to plan. The final results will obviously take place over the years to come, but the obvious initial results are both the loss in demand for retail pharmacists, and the projected increase in pharmacists out of work and looking for jobs. Lastly, the potential for the lowering of pharmacist salaries across the nation has been postulated by several labor industry experts to take place in a couple of years as a result of a “glut” of available retail candidates for fewer positions available than before Amazon Pharmacy opened their doors.

About Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing

Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been a leader in the Pharmacy staffing industry for over 31+ years now. We specialize in finding pharmacists the right job to meet their needs and skill sets. Known for being a full service pharmacy staffing agency, HCC has helped numerous pharmacists throughout the country find positions when job hunting.

Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing is known as a full service Pharmacy staffing company 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 nation’s most successful and respected national pharmacy staffing firms. If you are a pharmacist who’s worrying about how the opening of Amazon Pharmacy will effect you, we urge you to talk with us. With placement positions immediately available, contact us today online or call us at 800-642-1652 to get started.

If you are a pharmacist who’s worrying about how the opening of Amazon Pharmacy will effect you, reach out to us here at HCC for help! We offer temporary positions and part-time work, as well as temporary to permanent placement opportunities.


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Retail Pharmacist to Hospital Pharmacy Job

hospital pharmacyPharmacists are increasingly switching from retail to hospital pharmacy settings over the past five to ten years according to both the US Department of Labor statistics and numerous industry experts. With the COVID-19 pandemic still currently raging out of control in the United States, a the forecast of “doom and gloom” that’s projecting a very scary winter season this year for the pandemic, many healthcare professionals  are “calling it quits” or switching to less stressful jobs according to a new article released by the New York Times yesterday. 

How are US Healthcare Workers Responding to the COVID Pandemic?

Many healthcare workers are simply calling it quits. As an example, thousands of medical offices and practices have closed during the pandemic, according to a survey released by the non-profit group known as the Physicians Foundation.  In a July survey of approximately thirty-five hundred US physicians, eight percent of the doctors reported closing their offices already. An additional four percent responded to the survey saying that they planned to shut their practices down within the next six to twelve months.

The Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic On Healthcare Professionals

Many healthcare professionals such as doctors, pharmacists and nurses are retiring early, taking leaves of absence, or simply quitting their jobs. A majority of them worry about their own health because of their age or a medical condition that puts them at high risk, but many are afraid of contracting the virus at work and then spreading it to their family, loved ones and neighbors. Some practitioners stopped practicing during the worst of the outbreaks and now state that they simply don’t have the energy required to start practicing again. Many just needed a break from the stress and death toll that the pandemic has taken among their ranks and their patients.
Another revealing study just released by the  non-profit group Primary Care Collaborative (at the Larry A, Green Center), reported similar results and patterns. Nearly twenty percent of US primary care clinicians surveyed in September reported that someone in their practice plans to retire early or has already retired because of Covid-19, and fifteen percent said that someone has left or has plans to leave the practice.
Pharmacists also painted a grim picture of their lives, as the pandemic entered into a new and robust period resulting in record cases in the United States on a daily basis. Already mentally exhausted, many pharmacists are worried that retail settings may not offer the best solution to their  current and/or future job needs.

Switching From Retail to Hospital Pharmacy

Many retail pharmacists have already switched to hospital pharmacy jobs recently. Hospital pharmacists decades ago were paid salaries that were lower compared to salaries for retail, community , independent and chain store pharmacists. Now studies show that the reverse of this is true. Taking into consideration longevity of being in a position, geographical considerations and the nature of the pharmacy position and duties being performed by the pharmacist on staff, hospital pharmacy salaries now surpass those of most retail positions. Additionally, hospital pharmacies offer a wide range of possibilities for advancement that cannot be found in most community retail pharmacy environments.

Are you a retail or community pharmacist thinking about switching to a hospital pharmacy position? Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing can help you! Hospital pharmacy positions comprise between 15 -20% of all available practicing pharmacy jobs these days, but making the switch can be challenging. Transferring from being a retail or community druggist to a position in a hospital setting can be a major challenge even for well qualified pharmacists. Hospital pharmacy has become a very competitive portion of pharmacy staffing positions and transferring from the retail community pharmacy environment to the hospital sector can therefore present numerous challenges for pharmacists. Mary Evans, Chief Pharmacist at Luton and Dunstable Hospital, is involved in the recruitment of senior hospital Pharmacy staff, and has seen the process change over the years. “If you go back ten years or so, most hospitals had some pharmacists in dispensing roles, so community pharmacists could move more easily into a dispensary pharmacist or dispensary manager role,” she says, “but now that route no longer exists because dispensing has become more technician-led.” Keep in mind that as a community pharmacist you do possess skills that many hospital pharmacists lack. These are basically patient centered consultation and customer oriented experience that many hospital pharmacists do not have. Customer service skills and consulting with patients regarding their medications and needs are being valued as important skills in a hospital pharmacy role and most community pharmacists have the experience and skill set required. As noted in The Pharmaceutical Journal, “Hospital pharmacists tend not to be as good at those skills, especially those in junior roles. Hospital pharmacists can get distracted by drug charts, patient notes and so on, and can avoid talking to patients if they are nervous of it, so can lack patient-facing experience, which community pharmacists do have. Confidence is the thing”.

Tips for Transitioning to Hospital Pharmacy From Retail

A “quick” list of some tips and things that a pharmacist should consider before making the Retail to Hospital Pharmacist transition include:

  1. Hospital Pharmacy is a “fast paced environment”. It may not be the slow paced environment that many of us remember from the “old days”.
  2. Although you may not have to deal with “difficult” customers, keep in mind that doctors and nurses can also sometimes be difficult to deal with.
  3. Compounding medications is a skill that is taxing on an individual. Many pharmacists do not realize the physical nature of mixing injectables in a Laminar Flow Hood. Pharmacists with back problems may find this a major negative.
  4. The hours can be a negative (especially if you are the “newbie” and hired for the infamous “graveyard shift”). Hospitals never close, even on holidays. That means 24/7/365!
  5. Keeping up on your clinical knowledge is a must! Changes in hospital pharmacy occur more quickly than elsewhere. It is essential that the hospital pharmacist continuously read clinical journals and articles on a regular basis.

Who Can Help You Switch From Retail to Hospital Pharmacy?

If you are seriously considering making the change from retail or community pharmacy to hospital Pharmacy, HCC can help you to “boost” your chances for success. Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been known as a full service Pharmacy staffing company 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 nation’s most successful and respected Pharmacy staffing and placement firms in the pharmacy employment area. Pharmacy staffing and job placement are our primary business now for over 31+ years now. If you are a pharmacist looking for a new position, we urge you to talk with us. With placement positions immediately available, contact us today online or call us at 800-642-1652 to get started.


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Pharmacists Working Second Job

Pharmacists are known for working two jobs. A commonly cited survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that approximately one out of almost every seven registered pharmacists (13%) work a second job in the United States. Although most people think the primary reason that pharmacists take on a second job and “moonlight” is simply for the money, there’s also  several other primary reasons that they do it:
– Insecurity at their present job
– Expanding their skill sets in a different pharmacy setting or specialty
– Getting their “foot in the door” at a better place to work if an opportunity opens up in the future
– Obtaining benefits such as better insurance or discounts
– Alleviate boredom during spare time

Tips for Pharmacists Looking for a Second Job

Whatever the motivation is for looking for a second job, planning is the key to success. Plenty of pharmacists who “moonlight” have successfully figured out how to work both their full time job, plus a part time job without getting exhausted or “burned out” over time. So whether you’re doing it to simply increase your income stream or for some of the other various reasons, consider some of the following tips when getting started.

– Have a Plan:

As with every other aspect of our lives, planning is always the key to our successes. Although the plan sometimes may need fine-tuning and adjusting, plus absolutely requires flexibility on our part at times to get where we want to be, a “road map” is always required to get us to our destination efficiently and as quickly as possible. Would you get into a car and simply start driving aimlessly without a road map or a navigation unit towards where you “believe” your destination to be? Of course not! The same concept applies to working a second job. Knowing where you want to end up is great, but planning on how to get there before “starting your engine” will save you both time and frustration.

– Set Goals:

As we’ve previously discussed numerous times in the past on our blog posts , setting realistic goals is the very best way we can measure our success in life. Goals should always be what are known as SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time oriented. Having goals and checking how you are doing against those goals will give you a way of measuring how working a second job is working out for you.

– Separate Your Full-time and Part-time Jobs:

Never present yourself or your employer with a conflict of interest. Try to always remember that your full-time job takes precedence over working a second job and that your primary fulltime job is what enables you to work a second job in the first place. Additionally, don’t use your full-time job’s resources for your second job. This includes your time, but also items such as office supplies, copiers and phones.

– Consider the Geography:

Travel time is part of the planning. Does your schedule allow for it? Perhaps a second job opportunity pays less, but is closer to your home? Actually physically driving the route between the jobs at the same time of the day you normally would may be a great way to judge how long it would really actually take you to get to a second job.

– Time Management:

Most pharmacists who “juggle” two jobs have excellent time management skills. This may be something that you will need to practice in order to be able to perform at your very best. Try to always keep in mind that there are only so many hours in a day. You may find that working a second job in a pharmacy requires that you work odd hours and shifts – nights, weekends and holidays. Work, family, sleep, relaxation, travel time and simply running routine errands all require excellent personal time management skills and the ability to keep on a schedule.

– Make Your Full-time Job Your Priority:

It may be a good idea for you to initially check with your employer regarding any policies existing regarding working a second job. Most employers do not prohibit working second jobs, but it is certainly wise to check and make sure that you are not breaking any rules from the very beginning. Employers are primarily concerned regarding any conflicts of interest and your productivity while you are at work. As long as you keep this in mind and working a second job doesn’t interfere with your productivity, then you should never have any issues. Additionally, if you signed a non-compete, non-disclosure and/or confidentiality agreement, you may not be legally able to work for your primary employer’s competition. It is best to check first to make sure that you never place your primary job in jeopardy in any way.

Where Do You Find the “Right” Second Job?

With more pharmacists competing for fewer jobs these days, the question of where to find the right second job has become more of an issue than in previous years. Here are a few examples of where the pharmacists who responded to the Bureau of Labor Statistics survey found a second job:
1. Working for a previous employer. Already knowing the personnel and the work routine is a benefit to both the pharmacist and the employer. A great example of the old cliche “never burn your bridges behind you” when leaving a position.
2. Working at a pharmacy that you hope to work for in the future. Getting a part time position in a setting that you feel may be part of your future work goals allows you to “try out” the job to see if it actually meets your needs and expectations. It also lets the employer see your work ethics and get to know you. This is extremely important in cases where a position is lucrative and hard to get when there is a full-time opening available.
3. Volunteering in your community. It is enlightening to research how many communities actually need pharmacists as volunteers. There are various understaffed local programs that could use some help.
4. Utilizing a third-party staffing company (such as Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing).

Let HCC do the work for you! Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing is one of the leading pharmacy staffing agencies in the United States. Established in 1989, we serve Florida, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas in the Southeastern USA. We attribute our 31+ years of success to always placing the right pharmacist in the right job situation and environment.

If you are a pharmacist looking for a second job, we urge you to talk with us. With positions immediately available, feel free to contact us and to take a few minutes to introduce yourself and meet us. Owned and operated by pharmacists for over 31 years now, Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing is recognized as a national leader in the pharmacy staffing, recruitment and the pharmacist permanent placement arena. Call us today at 800.642.1652, or contact us online to meet us and start a discussion on how we may be able to help you.


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Florida Registered Pharmacy Technician and CPhT Jobs

With COVID-19 cases rising in many states, and flu season on its way, CVS just announced that it’s planning to add an additional 15,000 pharmacy workers by the end of 2020 in order to handle the steadily rising numbers of COVID-19 infections seen currently in many states and the flu season just around the corner. The big-chain retail giant stated that the majority of these new employees will be technicians who will assist with COVID-19 testing, flu shots and maybe even the administration of an eventual COVID-19 vaccine in patients.

As is the case in most states, pharmacy technicians are an integral part of the pharmacy team in Florida. Officially known as CPhT’s, pharmacy technicians play a significant role in all pharmacy types such as retail community pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, long term care facilities, specialty pharmacies, compounding pharmacies and mail-order pharmacy operations. The pharmacy technicians in Florida even contribute by working in additional ancillary environments outside of actual pharmacy roles in various other industries including insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers and medical software development firms.

Who Regulates Pharmacy Technicians in Florida?

The governance and regulating of pharmacy technicians in Florida is performed by the Florida Board of Pharmacy as specified by the 2016 Florida Statutes 465.014 of the Florida Legislature. As mandated, any pharmacy technician working in Florida must be registered with the Florida Board of Pharmacy and must first go through the required application process. Along with the registration application form itself and the submission of a technician’s social security form, the applicant must also have completed a Florida Pharmacy Board approved pharmacy technician training program to receive their certification. Some of the pharmacy technician training programs that are approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy include the programs provided by ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists), SASCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), CIE (Florida Commission for Independent Education) and the COE (Council on Occupational Education). Additionally, any pharmacy technician that has served in the US armed forces (and has proof of training program completion) may apply for registration in Florida. There are also various “employer based” pharmacy technician training programs that have been approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy. To see if a particular “employer based” pharmacy technician training program is approved, simply go to Florida Health or Department of Health License Verification and search under “Pharmacy Technician Training Programs.”

Continuing Education (CE) for registered pharmacy technicians in Florida is required annually. The annual CE requirements total 20 hours and are broken done as:
– 18 General hours (these can be either ACPE or Board approved)
– 2 Medication Errors hours (must be  Board approved)
Additionally, 4 hours of the total 20 CE hours required for the annual registration renewal must be live (i. e. the technician must physically attend a Board approved CE session).

For more information on Pharmacy Technicians in all other states than Florida, the PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) is an excellent resource available to everyone. In most cases, the State Board of Pharmacy offers guidance on becoming a CPhT in their individual state (and information on becoming registered and Continuing Education requirements for their individual state).

What are a Pharmacy Technician’s Job Roles and Tasks?

Working under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist, pharmacy technicians provide invaluable support to patients by their contributions to the patient’s medication delivery, compliance and overall drug therapies. Job duties for pharmacy technicians vary by setting, but may include involvement in the preparation and dispensing of medications and IV solutions, communication with patients, physician’s offices and insurance companies and various additional pharmacy administrative roles.
As of April 15th of 2016 the rules for the pharmacist to registered technician ratios (64B16-27.4001, 64B16—27.410, 64B16-27.420, 64B16-27.430, 64B16-27.440) still allow for a 1:1 ratio of one registered pharmacist supervising one registered pharmacy technician. However, the provisions allow for the following ratios to be in place:
– A 3:1 ratio – registered technicians assisting with delegable tasks involving sterile compounding
– A 4:1 ratio – as long as delegable tasks do not include sterile compounding
– A 6:1 ratio – pharmacies that don’t dispense medicinal drugs and delegable tasks do not include sterile compounding
Any ratios outside of these need to be approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy.

Delegable Tasks Vs. Non-Delegable Tasks for Pharmacy Technicians

What are termed as “Delegable Tasks” that may be performed by a registered pharmacy technician under the direct supervision of a registered pharmacist in Florida include:
– Data entry of patient information and medications
– Retrieval of prescription files (including a patient’s files and profile information)
– The labeling of prescriptions
– Counting, measuring, weighing, and pouring of prescription or stock drugs (including legend drugs and controlled substances)
– Accepting a physician’s authorization to refill an existing prescription that has no refills remaining
– Filling of an automated medication system
– Participation in quality improvement related events, meetings, or presentations

What are termed as “Non-Delegable Tasks” that may NOT be performed by a registered pharmacy technician include:
– Engaging a patient or family member in any form of patient counseling
– Preparing a copy of a prescription or reading a prescription to any person for purpose of providing reference concerning treatment of the person or animal for whom the prescription was written
– Engaging in any act that requires the exercise of a registered pharmacist’s professional judgment.

About Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing

As always, Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing is here to answer any questions that you may have regarding Registered Pharmacy Technicians and CPhT’s in Florida. With our corporate headquarters located in Florida, HCC has been matching the right Registered Pharmacy Technician to the right job and employer for over 31+ years now. If you are currently looking for a pharmacy technician to fill a job or position in Florida, please see more about our Pharmacy Technician Staffing Services. If you are a registered pharmacy technician actively looking for a job or position in Florida, please see more about our Technician Job and Placement Services and jobs currently available (including any current job openings in the Orlando, Miami, Tampa or Jacksonville metropolitan areas). In either case, we urge you to talk with us. Contact us today online or call us at 800-642-1652 to explore how we can help you.


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Southeast’s Best Pharmacy Staffing Agency

Pharmacy StaffingHealthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been one of the fastest growing pharmacy staffing agencies in the Southeastern United States for more than 30+ years now, as well as being recognized for being one of the leading pharmacy consulting firms in the nation.

Established and owned by pharmacists since our company’s founding in 1989, HCC now services the following Southeastern states in regards to their pharmacy staffing and temporary R.Ph. relief and emergency pharmacist needs:

  • Florida
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Texas

HCC has qualified and reliable pharmacists and pharmacy personnel available in or around your local area with extensive experience in every type of pharmacy position seen in both retail and hospital settings– including specialty areas such as home IV infusion, nuclear pharmacy, oncology, sterile & non-sterile compounding, plus experienced candidates available in various institutional and consulting settings. We additionally ensure that all of our pharmacists comply with current HIPAA requirements and practices, plus maintain their own professional liability insurance.

Our automated matching and scheduling service allows us to quickly recruit, screen and locate the perfect candidate with the perfect capabilities to meet your every need – guaranteed. As a pharmacy staffing agency, our specialists will locate the most qualified professional to fill your needs as quickly and easily as possible. With our extensive candidate inventory system (a proprietary in-house software system developed over a 20+ year period), HCC is able to match your pharmacy’s needs with the right candidates in regards to both skill sets and geography.

What are the Benefits of Working with HCC to Help With My Staffing Needs?

  • Save Money – You will never have to pay for health & dental insurance, or vacation, personal or sick leave
  • Best Choice – You get to choose from several candidates before hiring for a full-time replacement position
  • Guaranteed – If you’re unhappy with our referred pharmacist for any reason, HCC can easily replace them, usually within 24-hours
  • No Fuss or Hiring “Hassles” – You get to concentrate on running your business, while HCC handles all the hiring duties
  • No State Unemployment Compensation – Our referred pharmacists cannot draw Unemployment Compensation on your state account
  • Transparent Pricing – You will never pay any overtime rate or charges

Additionally, your pharmacy can save on all of the following costs and expenses:

  • Hiring expenses and the time required
  • HR expenses such as criminal background checks, license verification, drug screening and paperwork
  • Payroll taxes
  • Accounting expenses
  • Insurance
  • Overtime pay

Some accounting experts estimate that all of the above expenses can add up to an increase of over 60% per hour when compared to hiring a pharmacist on staff paid by the hour.

We also specialize in all 50 states placing pharmacists for our clients in need of permanent placement and direct hire, as well as part-time assistance. Additionally, HCC offers our clients emergency pharmacy relief staffing services for those times that a pharmacy owner faces an emergency situation where the only solution is to either find an emergency pharmacist to quickly step in or to shut their pharmacy’s doors.

About Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing

If you are a pharmacy requiring temporary or permanent staffing help, HCC Pharmacy Staffing can help you! We have a professional staff who can find you the right pharmacist or technician to match your needs, whether it be in a retail, hospital or a specialty pharmacy area. We work with businesses of every size – from the corner drug store to national corporations and organizations – with only one goal in mind: to improve your pharmacy’s business operations. We can assist with expert advice in any area of your pharmacy business or practice.

Keep in mind that while specializing in pharmacy jobs, staffing and placement services for over 30+ years now, HCC can help you with all of your pharmacy needs. HCC is recognized as a national leader as a Pharmacy Consulting Firm and a sample of some of our additional services include:

  • Equipment needs assessment
  • Policy & Procedure Manual review, recommendations and customization
  • Medicaid/3rd party review
  • Moving a pharmacy to a new location
  • Out of state licensing
  • Exit strategies
  • Audit, surveys & mock inspections
  • Expanding, redesigning and overhauling your pharmacy
  • Compliance review for compounding pharmacies (USP 795 & 797)

We urge you to contact us today to see how our Pharmacy Staffing services and Pharmacy Consulting services can help you improve your business now, plus be ready for the future. With a full-time staff of in-house Pharmacy Consultant specialists, HCC can answer any questions that you may have in all pharmacy settings. Contact us online or call us today at 800-642-1652 and an HCC staffing consultant will contact you as soon as possible to discuss your needs.

Whether you need temporary or permanent pharmacists, technicians or management and consulting services, you can reach us 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and rest assured that by choosing HCC, you’ve chosen the best.


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Open Pharmacist Jobs and Positions Miami Florida

Jobs and positions for licensed and registered Pharmacists are currently available throughout the Miami area in South Florida. Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing is a nationally renowned pharmacy staffing company that has been a leader in matching qualified pharmacists and candidates to the right job opportunity and employer for over 31+ years now. Headquartered in Central Florida, HCC has an in-house team of trained staffing and recruitment consultants that assist registered pharmacists in finding the job that best matches their skill sets, while also fitting in with their lifestyle and needs.

The Miami Area and Pharmacist Jobs

It is estimated that there are 4,000 pharmacies in Florida and that approximately 30% are located in South Florida. The Miami area spans the three most populous counties in Florida (Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties) and is synonymous with South Florida as the fourth largest urban area in the entire United States. With a population approaching six million people, the Miami area is known for its beaches, International culture, food, sports, climate and lifestyle. When talking about employment opportunities and pharmacist jobs in the Miami area, included are major cities such as Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Pam Beach, Hollywood, Hialeah, Pompano Beach and Homestead. Yet the Miami area includes numerous additional smaller cities that include Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach, Plantation, Aventura, Pembroke Pines, Sunrise, Miramar, Opa-locka, Tamarac, Dania and many others. In all of these cities are opportunities and jobs for qualified licensed and Registered Pharmacists (R. Ph.).

There are an estimated 10,000+ pharmacist jobs in the Miami and South Florida areas. These positions include every type of pharmacy setting: independent retail community pharmacies, retail chain store pharmacies, institutional and hospital pharmacies, specialty pharmacies such as compounding pharmacies, IV infusion pharmacies and mail-order pharmacy operations. Additional pharmacy  jobs in South Florida exist in ancillary industries with positions working for medical software development firms, pharmaceutical manufacturers and insurance companies that are located in the Miami area.

Are you a Registered Pharmacist looking for a new opportunity in South Florida?

If you are a pharmacist 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. Headquartered in Central Florida, HCC offers job seekers an in-house team of trained consultants that can help assist pharmacists licensed to work in Florida to obtain a job that matches their skills and experience, plus fits their lifestyle and needs. With all the services that we provide to both pharmacies and pharmacists, it’s sometimes easy to overlook the fact the we are one of the most successful and respected pharmacy staffing and placement firms in the nation. Pharmacy staffing and job placement are our primary business now for over 31+ years. If you are a pharmacist looking for a new position or considering a career change, we urge you to talk with us. With 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. We’ll get right back to you to discuss which job opportunities best match your skills and needs.

 


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Tips For Interviewing Pharmacist Candidates

Interviewing potential pharmacists for an open job position presents quite a challenge to many pharmacy owners and pharmacy managers. Sometimes the pharmacy owner or hiring manager is faced with the dilemma of needing to fill the position quickly along with hiring the best pharmacist available. Often times the potential candidate is interviewing with other potential employers and it’s important to keep in mind that, while your are interviewing them, the candidates are also interviewing you! To help you be able to evaluate the best pharmacist to fill your need, plus show you’re company as being the best employment choice for the candidate, here are some interviewing tips to consider for your next interviewing opportunity.

Interviewing Tips

  1. Be Prepared!
    Obviously you should already have a job description prepared with a list of both the job duties and responsibilities for the open position. Additionally, if you are requiring certain experience and qualifications for the position, these should be well defined prior to the interview.
    Another task that you should perform prior to the interview is check out the individual’s social media accounts. Obviously you’ve already thoroughly reviewed the candidate’s resume, but their LinkedIn and Facebook accounts can be truly enlightening. Ask yourself if their accounts are professionally done, as a poor LinkedIn account may mean that they are perhaps not the right person to work at your company.
  2. Be Yourself, But Listen!
    Act comfortable and be conversational. It is a good idea to develop some rapport with the person by inquiring about their interests and hobbies. BUT – do more listening than talking. The point is to make the potential employee relaxed and comfortable, then actively listen to them. Remember that the interview is not about you! A good rule of thumb is to talk yourself for approximately twenty percent (20%) of the time and let the candidate talk for eighty percent (80%) of the interview.
    Additionally, don’t let moments of silence during the interview make you feel the need to fill them up with “chatter” or to go of course from your topic. A hiatus that is uncomfortable can lead to diverting the interview off-topic and down the proverbial “rabbit hole”. Instead, realize that the candidate may need the silence to consider their answer, so use it wisely yourself and mentally review their answers to your previous questions.
  3. Have Your Questions Ready!
    Asking the right questions is the key. Prepare a list and then prioritize them. Make sure that you get the most important questions answered. Be flexible, but don’t allow your agenda to be diverted and your most important questions go unanswered.
    Also, it’s imperative that you never ask questions that are either inappropriate or illegal. Consider these areas to always be “off limit”:
    – Age
    – Race
    – Religion
    – Marital Status
    – Country of origin or birthplace
    – Criminal or arrest record
    – Disabilities
  4. Look For Solutions!
    A great interview tactic or practice is to provide an actual problem that your company previously experienced and then ask the candidate what they would have done to in the same situation to fix it. The best candidates will be prepared for most of your potential questions, but usually not this type of inquiry. Watch how they react and see if “putting them on the spot” makes them become flustered. Remember that some people interview very well, but are not the right choice to deal with “real” on the job crisis or situations.
  5. Learn Body Language!
    A person’s body language can sometimes tell us more about a potential job candidate than their verbal communication does. Being able to interpret a person’s nonverbal communication via unconscious gestures and movements takes practice, but is often times enlightening. Facial expressions, breathing, posture and hand gestures can often be clues of dishonesty or emotional issues. Just as important may be a person’s tone of voice. An excellent discussion on body language is available if you’re interested in learning more on Mind Tools website.
  6. Sell Your Company!
    Keep in mind that the potential candidate is most likely interviewing with other potential employers or competitors. So be ready to “sell” the potential employee on why your position is most likely their best choice. Always allow enough time at the end of the interview for the candidate to ask you questions. The best candidates may ask you one of the following questions (so be prepared!):
    – What does your company’s community involvement look like?
    – What are your company’s plans for future growth?
    – Can you describe the culture of the company and work environment?
    – Why do you choose to work for this company?
    – What are the biggest challenges the company faces?

Consider Using a Professional Pharmacy Staffing Agency

Unless your company has a dedicated HR (Human Resources) department, most of us may simply lack the experience and skills required to interview properly. Consider using an experienced pharmacy staffing agency to do the work for you! Working with the right staffing firm can accomplish two significant tasks for you:
– They can vet the potential candidates on your behalf. After all, isn’t that what a professional recruiter does for a living? Matches the right candidate to the right job?
– They can bring you potential candidates that you could not attract on your own. Most companies post their openings on the typical job boards: Indeed, Monster, ZipRecruiter, etc. and then hope that the right potential employee will come to them. The right pharmacy staffing agency will have a large pool of potential candidates at their disposal to fill your needs. For example, Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has a proprietary database of pharmacists and technicians that has been built and updated over a thirty-one year period of staffing throughout the USA. It allows us as a staffing agency to quickly match-up the correct job candidate to the correct employer for a perfect match in almost any situation. Perhaps even more importantly, a staffing firm may have candidates that are not actively looking at the job boards, but could be available if the right job opportunity was presented to them. These “passive” candidates will never know of your potential job opportunity unless contacted by an experienced recruiter.

The point is that working with the right pharmacy staffing agency saves you both time and money. Plus results in you hiring the best candidate available. Even though they charge a fee, the real question to ask yourself is how much does hiring the wrong candidate cost you in the long run?

About Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing

Let an experienced pharmacy recruitment and placement agency find you the perfect pharmacist to fill your job opening. HCC has been a national leader in regards to pharmacy recruitment, permanent placement and direct hire since 1989. Known nationally for over 31+ years now as a “full service” pharmacy staffing company, 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. 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!

Contact us online or call us today at 800-642-1652 to discuss how we can help you find the correct pharmacist to fill you company’s needs!

 


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Part Time Pharmacist Jobs

Many pharmacists who want to generate some additional income work part time jobs and fill in at pharmacies across the nation in order to earn that extra money. Being in the pharmacy staffing industry for over 31+ years now, reviewing several of the most recent studies on pharmacists working second jobs reveals a lot of interesting numbers. Additionally, the numbers regarding pharmacists who only choose to work part time was extremely enlightening.

Based on a survey released by the AACP (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) in 2014 called the National Pharmacist Workforce Study, trends appeared regarding pharmacists working secondary part time jobs for extra income that were totally unexpected to many researchers involved in the survey process. Surprisingly, only about 8% of all pharmacists nationally worked a second job. Back in the 1990’s this number was estimated to be around 15%. Additionally, the average extra time worked by a pharmacist who had a second job was an estimated additional six hours weekly. This represents a significant decrease from the estimated 10 – 12 hours that pharmacists “moon-lighted” back in the 90’s. The study noted that “a significant decrease regarding working part-time positions was seen every year since 2009” with women pharmacists showing the larger decrease:
– Women decreased from around 30% down to 19% between 2009 – 2014 in regards to part time work.
– Men decreased from around 18% down to 14% between 2009 – 2014 working part time.

Why the decrease in pharmacists working part-time jobs?

Is the reason for the significant decrease in pharmacists working second jobs and part-time jobs due to a decline in the number of part time jobs available, or simply that less and less pharmacists want to do it (or need to do it)? We may never know. Yet let’s take a look at some contributing factors that we do know:

1. It may be important to note here that the “gender gap” regarding pharmacists working part time jobs may be shrinking due to the fact that the number of female pharmacists has significantly increased over the past several decades. Women pharmacists now actually outnumber their male counterparts on a national level (comprising for over 57% of the pharmacy workforce in the US). According to US News female pharmacists average higher student-loan debts than men upon graduation ($43,258 for female pharmacists versus $31,553 for male pharmacists). So, although owing more than their male counterparts, female pharmacists are rapidly decreasing working second and part-time jobs. Which leads us to the increases in pharmacist salaries.
2. 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 and one can easily draw the conclusion that perhaps the decrease seen regarding pharmacists working second jobs and part time extra jobs is due to the lack of a need for additional income. Even if we factor in the effects of inflation and the increased cost of living nationally, it is easy to see that the significant salary increases in pharmacy are a major contributor to less pharmacists working second jobs… or needing to!
3. Even if there was no significant fluctuation in the number of second jobs and part time positions available for pharmacists to work, there are definitely more pharmacists than ever before to fill the positions. Just looking at the number of pharmacy graduates annually may solve the “mystery” in why fewer pharmacists are working extra jobs: 8,108 pharmacy graduates in 2004 and 13,838 in 2014. Also consider that many pharmacists who may have retired at the “traditional” ages of 60 – 65 now continue to work until well within their 70’s.
4. Lastly is the fact that most of the available secondary jobs and part-time positions are found in the retail pharmacy settings such as the big chain stores and supermarkets. As we have discussed in some previous pharmacy posts, the trend towards hospital pharmacy jobs and specialty settings may be making working in a retail position as a secondary job a less lucrative or less appealing scenario for many seeking extra income. The reverse can also be pointed out: perhaps most retail pharmacists currently lack the skill sets required to work a second job in a hospital or specialty pharmacy setting?

What to do if you want a second job to earn extra income

The solution for a pharmacist to increase his or her income is work part time! At HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing we have part time Pharmacy jobs available right now. HCC has been a national leader in regards to temporary pharmacist staffing and is known as a “full service” pharmacy staffing firm since 1989. With all the services that we provide to both pharmacies and pharmacists, it it sometimes easy to overlook the fact the we are one of the most successful and respected pharmacy staffing firms in the nation. Our pharmacy positions available cover all aspects of job types: retail, hospital, clinical and specialty pharmacies.

If you are a pharmacist looking for part time opportunities to earn more cash, we urge you to talk with us. With positions immediately available, feel free to contact us here at HCC. Take a few minutes to introduce yourself and meet us. No matter the setting a pharmacist is looking to work in, HCC is nationally renowned for a history of matching the right pharmacist to the right employer and job in every type of situation. Owned and operated by pharmacists for over 31+ years now, HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing is recognized as one of the national leaders in the pharmacy staffing, recruiting and placement arenas. Call us today at 800.642.1652, or contact us now online to meet us and start a discussion regarding how we may be able to help you.


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Increased Job Demand For Pharmacists Due To COVID-19

The real possibility of a shortage of pharmacists nationally, fueled by the increased demand for pharmacists due to the COVID-19 pandemic was a topic that we discussed on our blog posts all the way back in March of 2020 and then again in early April. Now with the publicly accepted recognition that the pharmacy profession received nationally as “frontline essential workers” during the current COVID pandemic, plus newly proposed expansions of a pharmacist’s responsibilities and job duties, the current demand for pharmacists is almost staggering.

Why is there an Increased Demand for Pharmacists?

  • The role of the pharmacist as an integral member of our national “Healthcare Team” has been expanding rapidly fo some time now. As an example is the expanded role of the pharmacist that was demonstrated yesterday in the State of California. Pharmacists in the State of California now have the legal authority to order and administer COVID-19 tests throughout California in an attempt to meet Governor Newsome’s objective of testing at least sixty-thousand residents of the populous state daily. Known for easily being the most accessible healthcare providers in California, the state’s 48,000 practicing pharmacists (who in California must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy or PharmD degree) are in a unique position to reach thousands of Californians who are just “emerging” after having been sheltering in place for weeks. Going to the local community retail pharmacy for a coronavirus test administered by a highly trained health professional such as a Doctor of Pharmacy is by far the easiest and safest solution available for Governor Newsome to meet the 60,000 residents tested daily goal that he has set in his populous state.
  • There is a tremendous increase in the number of potential “telehealth” jobs and online positions that will require a Registered Pharmacist to operate or function properly and legally. Looking at the massive transition that’s currently taking place in the US regarding online education and distance learning as an example, and one can easily see the same opportunities of increased safety and reduced economics applying to many areas in the practice of pharmacy. Some examples that quickly come to mind are in practice areas such as patient counseling, continuing education and staff training.
  • The long awaited entrance of Amazon into selling prescriptions and other pharmaceuticals online is expected to finally take place this year. Many pharmacists will be recruited by Amazon as a part of their anticipated national hiring spree that’s projected to require as many as one-hundred thousand pharmacy workers and employees for the new pharmacy division’s operation at the online retail giant.
  • Additionally, according to Cole Market Research, the demand for online shopping by consumers has increased exponentially since the onset of the COVID pandemic. Consumers are now viewing the use of major online retailers as the preferred method of shopping and believe that purchasing prescriptions online to be both secure and reliable since the onset of sheltering from the coronavirus pandemic started.

These are just several of many reasons that this increasing demand for pharmacists is taking place throughout the nation. All have contributed to the increased demand, especially for retail pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Here are a couple of key facts to support the actual presence of the increased demand, regardless of the causes:
– Back in the middle of March this year, CVS stated that it would immediately fill over fifty-thousand full and part-time positions in its stores nationwide.
– Walgreens also released publicly that they would fill almost ten-thousand existing full-time, part-time, and temporary positions in their stores throughout USA. They even began by offering a signup bonus of $300 for all new full-time workers and $150 for new part-time workers at the end of April.

These “hiring sprees” are a  reversal of the trend seen over this past year in retail pharmacy. That trend was for many of the major drugstore chains closing stores and cutting back on their pharmacy staff.

About Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing

If you are a pharmacy requiring temporary or permanent staffing help, HCC Pharmacy Staffing can help you! We have a professional staff who can find you the right pharmacist or technician* to match your needs, whether it be in a retail, hospital or a specialty pharmacy setting (*Technician staffing limited to Florida only). We work with businesses of every size – from the corner drug store to national corporations and organizations – with only one goal in mind: to improve your pharmacy’s business operations. We can assist with expert advice in any area of your pharmacy business or practice.

Also keep in mind that, while specializing in pharmacy jobs, staffing and placement services for over 31+ years now, HCC can help you with all of your pharmacy needs. HCC is recognized as a nationally leading Pharmacy Consulting Firm and a sample of some of our additional services include:
– Equipment needs assessment
–  Policy & Procedure Manual review, recommendations and customization
– Medicaid/3rd party review
– Moving a pharmacy to a new location
Out of state licensing
– Exit strategies
– Audit, surveys & mock inspections
– Expanding, redesigning and overhauling your pharmacy
– Compliance review for compounding pharmacies (USP 795 & 797)

We urge you to contact us today to see how our Pharmacy Staffing services and Pharmacy Consulting services can help you improve your business now, plus be ready for the future. With a full-time staff of in-house Pharmacy Consultant specialists, HCC can answer any questions that you may have in all pharmacy settings. Contact us online now or call us today at 800-642-1652 for a free consultation.

 

 


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Open Pharmacist Jobs and Positions Jacksonville Florida

Registered Florida Pharmacists are currently in high demand in the Jacksonville, Florida Metropolitan area. Jobs and positions for registered pharmacists who are licensed and certified to practice in the State of Florida have been on the rise due to the favorable economic atmosphere that the city has been experiencing over theses past several years. Jacksonville has almost a million residents and is actually the most populous city in Florida. As the center of Duval County, Jacksonville is also the largest city in the nation by total physical land area or other geographical considerations. The Jacksonville metropolitan area has a population of almost two million total residents and it currently ranks as the fourth largest metropolitan area in Florida.

What Does this Mean for Florida Registered Pharmacists?

It is estimated that almost 20% or one-fifth of the nearly 4,000 pharmacies in Florida are located in the Jacksonville metropolitan area and the associated surrounding areas. Pharmacists are badly needed to fill the RPh jobs that are on the rise due to the explosive growth that the City of Jacksonville is currently experiencing. Ranked by Forbes magazine as the 36th best city for business and careers of all US cities, jobs are predicted to increase by slightly less than 4% a year in Jacksonville and its neighboring cities annually over the next five years or so. Known to be a national center for both the defense and transportation industries, the city is famous for the Port of Jacksonville and for its numerous military facilities. Jacksonville can boast that the city is the 3rd largest military and defense center of the United States with the Jacksonville, Mayport and Blount Island Naval Air Stations, plus the Naval Submarine Base at Kings Bay all in a short proximity geographically. Additionally, the city is known as a major tourist and visitor attraction and is world famous for its golf, sports (including the NFL team The Jacksonville Jaguars), fishing, dining and nightlife, and, of course, some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

Employment opportunities and pharmacist jobs in the Jacksonville Metropolitan area include cities such as Pointe Vedra, Neptune Beach, Sawgrass, Atlantic Beach, Orange Park, Mandarin, St. Johns and Palm Valley to name just a few. Additionally, add in the fact that the city is roughly only 25 miles from the State of Georgia and it all leads to numerous opportunities and jobs for qualified pharmacists looking for a new job or work experience.

There are estimated to be over 2,000 jobs in the Jacksonville, Florida area for pharmacists. These RPh positions exist in all types of pharmacy settings. They include traditional independent community pharmacies, the large 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). Jobs for pharmacists are also commonly found in the Jacksonville metro area working for pharmaceutical manufacturers, large insurance companies, plus for medical software development firms.

Who Can Help You With Switching Pharmacist Jobs?

If you are a pharmacist 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. Headquartered in Central Florida, HCC offers job seekers an in-house team of trained consultants that can help assist pharmacists licensed to work in Florida to obtain a job that matches their skills and experience, plus fits their lifestyle and needs. With all the services that we provide to both pharmacies and pharmacists, it’s sometimes easy to overlook the fact the we are one of the most successful and respected pharmacy staffing and placement firms in the nation. Pharmacy staffing and job placement are our primary business now for over 31+ years. If you are a pharmacist looking for a new position or considering a career change, we urge you to talk with us. With 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. We’ll get right back to you to discuss which job opportunities best match your skills and needs.

 


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