I quit my job as a pharmacist with Target back in January, and have had ZERO regrets about it. It was glaringly obvious that corporate didn’t give a shit about pharmacy as a profession, and only saw us as a money-making opportunity for them.
The first thing that happened that made me question Target’s intentions was that over half of the pharmacists in my city had to re-interview for their jobs. Even though I managed to keep my job, it soon became crystal clear what Target’s endgame was: the pharmacists who WERE let go were all older, and had been with the company the longest. Target was screwing these employees out of their pensions. Truly sickening.
Then came those stupid “McPharmacy” ads on TV. I especially hated this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYdvpO_FMmU
Yeah…that’s why I became a pharmacist. To find out why Pepto-Bismol was pink. No wonder customers were always stopping by and asking me where the motor oil and kitty litter were. Jesus H.
And the flu shots. We were expected to push them to EVERYBODY, and if we didn’t make our goal, District would be in to find out why not. Hey — over half of my store’s clientele is on Medicaid, and our state’s Medicaid program doesn’t cover vaccinations at pharmacies. Not much I can do about that.
What really motivated me to find a new job, though, was the fact that our tiny pharmacy was getting busier and busier, more and more cluttered with extra inventory and records, and we started having more and more days where one pharmacist would have to check over 200 Rxs. And there were absolutely no plans on the horizon to get a second pharmacist in there for overlap on busy days. It doesn’t matter how careful I am, or how many techs I have helping me; with that workload, it wasn’t a matter of if, but WHEN I would get distracted and let an incorrect Rx go out to a patient. Fortunately this didn’t happen to me, but the conditions still exist for it to happen to another pharmacist. I’m certain that Target would not have any qualms about throwing the pharmacist in question under the bus if a serious error was made, either. The sad thing is, when it comes to patient safety, I think Target (and most other retail pharmacies) apply “The Formula” from Fight Club: [ (# of Rxs filled nationwide) X (average % of misfilled Rxs) X (the average amount of a lawsuit) ] costs less than hiring extra help chain-wide.
I am now at a mail order facility, where I can concentrate on my job and not have to deal with ass-hat customers. Sure, every corporation has its share of bullshit to put up with, but of all the jobs I have held in my adult life, there is no comparison to Target. Damn, it feels good to be free!