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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Pharmacist Recruitment and Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 coronavirus pharmacy prescriptions pharmacist recruitmentThe COVID-19 pandemic and a rise in pharmacy recruitment activity taking place in the near future are two topics now being talked about in the same discussions that tie into our previous post over a week ago regarding the possibility of a shortage of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians throughout the United States. As we had pointed out back then, retail community pharmacists, technicians and the other ancillary pharmacy staff  are the most accessible healthcare workers that are available to the public at large. In most areas of the country, the community pharmacist is the most easily approachable of all possible healthcare providers and usually acts as the first “touchpoint” for patient engagement within our nation’s 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 where a pharmacist may be the only healthcare provider that is immediately within the geographical reach of most patients and their family members. Not only dispensing prescriptions and supplying OTC medications and other medical supplies, pharmacists are now being called on to be a primary source of the latest critical information about the pandemic, plus to be a support for their community and neighbors across the USA.

What Is the Real Situation Pharmacists Face Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Taking a look at three recent news stories in just the past seventy-two hours will help answer this question: What’s the real situation that pharmacists are facing and dealing with caused by the onslaught of  the Coronavirus pandemic?

Shortages of “Everything” in New York City Pharmacies

Everyone around the nation is familiar with the shortages of commodities like toilet paper, paper towels and hand sanitizers that the impending arrival of the coronavirus initiated, but now in New York City, where the Coronavirus is hitting hardest, retail pharmacies are literally out of “everything”. Basic things such as thermometers, Tylenol, masks and gloves are out of stock and all on backorder for the next several months. As one NYC pharmacy owner said: “I never thought a pharmacy in the 21st century can run out of essentials, the most basic medications”. Additionally, most prescription medications and medical devices used to treat COVID-19 are also unavailable, on backorder, or in drastically short supply. The hope that using the combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin would prove effective in fighting the virus is virtually nil when one considers that both drugs are unavailable and probably will remain that way for months to come.

In lieu of the shortages, pharmacists and their fellow pharmacy employees are fighting the pandemic on the “front lines” in New York City neighborhoods that have been hit the hardest by the Coronavirus. Even though most drugstores allow only limited pedestrian entry, or no entry at all to the public, pharmacists are actually working “around the clock”. As examples, in Queens, the New York Borough that so far has seen the hardest hit neighborhoods in the city, pharmacists are working all day with sick patients and a panicked community and then continuing on throughout the night getting prescriptions ready for the following day. As one New York City pharmacist stated: “The truth is we never close. We close the doors, but we don’t close the work.” Now in some of the hard hit areas, most pharmacy employees, worried about getting exposed to the coronavirus themselves, are no longer coming to work. Eventually the long, stressful hours, combined with the increased possibility of exposure to the virus, will catch up and pharmacists themselves will become victims of this dreadful pandemic.

Survey Shows Pharmacy Technicians Feel Unsafe and Scared During COVID-19 Pandemic

The National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA) released a survey on Friday (April 3rd, 2020) that was called “COVID-19: A Survey of Pharmacy Technicians”. The survey clearly showed that pharmacy technicians felt unsafe working in their pharmacy during this COVID-19 pandemic. The techs also felt that their employers were not doing enough regarding protecting the safety and well-being of the pharmacy staffs on duty. From the survey’s results that were released it was clear that most of the pharmacy techs felt unsafe, uninformed, not very protected, and also ill-equipped as a result of the lack of both support and resources from their employers. This was particularly true in the large chain stores, large retail and grocery store pharmacy operations. Community independent retail pharmacies and hospital pharmacies did much better on the survey.

The NPTA also reported (along with the survey) that they’ve been receiving numerous complaints from their technician membership about safety concerns. According to the NPTA, one of the nation’s largest Rx chains is prohibiting all pharmacy personnel from wearing PPE (personal protective equipment) at work, even if they supply it themselves, because it “looks unprofessional and they don’t want to alarm their customers”. The NPTA is demanding that all regulatory agencies and State Boards of Pharmacy immediately take action and require that all employers take immediate action and use all precautions possible in order to safeguard both the pharmacists and pharmacy technicians that are “serving on the frontline of this pandemic”. Otherwise these professionals will themselves get sick or stop showing up for work soon.

Rutgers University School of Pharmacy Accelerates Graduation

The Rutgers University School of Pharmacy announced that 25% of its final year pharmacy doctorate students will graduate early and be ready to help in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first time in US history that a pharmacy school will graduate students early in order to provide badly needed practitioners to work in a retail &/or hospital pharmacy setting. According to a press release by the University, Joseph Barone, Dean of the School of Pharmacy, stated that in New Jersey currently “we are starting to see pharmacy staffing issues across the state from increased demand and a workforce strained by personnel who have become sick, are quarantined or are caring for family. We expect continued impacts for the remainder of the year”.

Will Pharmacy Recruitment Activity Increase Around the US?

The result that one can forecast from all of these news stories is that in the near future the demand for pharmacists in certain geographic areas of the country will most likely overtake the supply available because of the  COVID-19 pandemic. This seems especially true in the top dozen afflicted states where the virus is rampant currently:
New York
New Jersey
Michigan
California
Louisiana
Massachusetts
Florida
Pennsylvania
Illinois
Washington
Texas
Georgia
Can the other states really be far behind? Most experts think not.

Who Can I Talk To At HCC About Pharmacist Recruitment?

The Pharmacy Recruitment Division  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 Consulting Company – HCC is The Nation’s Leader!

Healthcare Consultants is a nationally respected Pharmacy Consulting firm.

Our experienced in-house consultants and network of pharmacy specialists are available to provide expert guidance in all aspects of the Pharmacy industry. A pharmacy consulting company in business for over 26 years now, HCC has a proven track record in assisting Pharmacy owners and managers with all of the complicated details, paperwork and regulatory requirements that every Pharmacy needs to deal with and stay on top off. In today’s environment it has become clear that one individual pharmacist can no longer be an “expert” on all the areas of practice and expertise that can affect a pharmacy’s efficiency, profitability and stability.

One example of a valuable service that HCC provides many pharmacies is assisting in the preparation of upcoming inspections and audits. It is no longer a matter of “if” but “when”, so we urge all pharmacy owners, directors and managers to be prepared! Whether you require help in accessing your current situation or need to develop a corrective action plan after an audit or inspection, call HCC and let our experts help you.
Here are just a few of the services our expert Pharmacy consultants routinely provide to our clients:
– New Pharmacy startup or guidance in Pharmacy expansion
– New service line additions and integration including specialty, compounding, sterile IV and long-term care services
– Adherence reviews to USP Chapters 795, 797, 71, 1163 and the new chapter 800 requirements for sterile and non-sterile compounding
– Regulatory compliance reviews, audits, gap analysis and corrective action planning
– Payer audit preparations and recoupment exposure assessments
– Strategic Pharmacy business planning
– Pharmacy buy/sell planning and support
– VIPPS and URAC accreditation

– Policy and Procedure reviews and creation

At HCC we realize that there are many choices regarding providers of Pharmacy staffing and consulting services, so we make YOUR business our top priority! As always HCC is here to help you. Healthcare Consulting is a full service Pharmacy Consulting firm that has been in business for over 26 years. HCC has been helping pharmacies plan, prepare and deal with critical business issues since 1989. HCC is owned and operated by pharmacists who are experts in the development and implementation of policies and procedures in all areas of Pharmacy practice. It is also a good opportunity for you to ensure that your pharmacy is in compliance with all state licensing requirements and to have all of your pharmacies’ policies and procedures reviewed by experts! Contact us on line or call us today for a Free Consultation at 800-642-1652 to discuss how we can help you.

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