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PDM Prescription Department Manager

Prescription Department Manager’s Roles, Duties and Responsibilities A PDM (also commonly referred to as a Pharmacy Manager or Pharmacist  Manager) is required for all retail community pharmacies in every state. The prescription department manager’s roles and responsibilities are defined and regulated by each state’s Board of Pharmacy. Although variance does exist between individual states, the … Continue reading PDM Prescription Department Manager

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 … Continue reading Pharmacists Working Second Job

PIC Pharmacist In Charge

There sometimes is a bit of confusion when people are discussing the role of a Pharmacist in Charge (or PIC) and defining their responsibilities or job description. The issue arises because most people (including pharmacists themselves) sometimes use all of the following terms interchangeably: – Pharmacist in Charge – Prescription Department Manager (PDM) – Pharmacy … Continue reading PIC Pharmacist In Charge

Why Hire A Pharmacy Staffing Agency that Offers Consulting

Why do I need to find a reputable Pharmacy Staffing Agency as quickly as possible? We’ve discussed the advantages at length in our last couple of blog posts. In our previous blog post discussing employee turnover and retention of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in all types of pharmacy settings in general, we then took a good … Continue reading Why Hire A Pharmacy Staffing Agency that Offers Consulting

Independent Community Pharmacist Retention During Shortage

The 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 nationally accepted recognition that the pharmacy profession has received as “frontline … Continue reading Independent Community Pharmacist Retention During Shortage

Employee Turnover and Retention Of Pharmacists And Techs

What Is the Actual Cost of Employee Turnover? Numerous studies have been performed in the past to help identify what losing an employee actually costs a business. Getting to an accurate assessment of the costs is a complicated process, involving various factors that may not accurately depict the “true” economic impact that losing a valued … Continue reading Employee Turnover and Retention Of Pharmacists And Techs

Pharmacy Technician Shortage Hospitals and Health Systems

The national pharmacy technician shortages being seen in both hospital pharmacies and the majority of major US healthcare systems continues to expand almost exponentially according to the latest ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) survey results just released. An analysis from the new ASHP survey data indicates that there was a national turnover rate of … Continue reading Pharmacy Technician Shortage Hospitals and Health Systems

Pharmacist Job Decline Predicted Amid Pharmacist Shortage

Staffing for pharmacies nationwide is already currently seeing a shortage of qualified pharmacists and technicians available, but the newest statistics point to an even darker scenario over the next decade for the US pharmacist job market. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) most current statistics that were just released, while the expected … Continue reading Pharmacist Job Decline Predicted Amid Pharmacist Shortage

Pharmacy Technician Policy and Procedure Custom Consulting

Pharmacy technicians are an integral part of every pharmacy team as discussed in our previous posts. It is interesting to note that recently three major studies were conducted comparing error rates between Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians. Keeping in mind that the studies actually only evaluated the order-verification performance or error-detection capabilities of pharmacy technicians versus … Continue reading Pharmacy Technician Policy and Procedure Custom Consulting

Specialty Pharmacies Are Expanding and Evolving Nationally

Having worked for almost three and one-half decades in the fields of Pharmacy staffing and consulting, I still find it amazing to watch the growth of Pharmacy Specialties and the Specialty Pharmacy Job Market evolve, expand and basically explode! As the roles and responsibilities of a pharmacist’s duties continuously increases, so does the creation of … Continue reading Specialty Pharmacies Are Expanding and Evolving Nationally