Magazine article Drug Topics


Magazine article Drug Topics


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Regarding Stuart Eisenberg's comment on the surplus of pharmacists in New York (see "Letters," Drug Topics, Apr. 8), please send them down here, as soon as possible.

I work for the Eckerd Corp., and my district manager alone has 14 openings. I have never seen such a shortage of manpower as I have this year.

Pick and choose. With a taco in one hand and a spatula in the other, you will be able to write your own ticket.

Ken Pett, R.Ph. Lufkin, Texas Another view

This is in response to Dr. Davis' "Viewpoint" (see Drug Topics, April 8).

The multistore pharmacy operators offer no new jobs, because of downsizing; a 12-hour day without breaks or lunch; straight time for overtime and no differential in pay for evenings; and the addition of high-speed technicians and clerks.

While you are concerned with the quality of information and instruction, most drug chains are strictly bottom-line experts and have set maximum expense and production guides. And even as the academic requirements for a degree in pharmacy are increasing, the number of [pharmacy] positions is almost stationary.

From my experience, there are many pharmacists searching for employment because they lack manual dexterity, endurance, or speed in general-not because they suffer from of a lack of knowledge.

Richard Tomasevich, R.Ph. San Jose, Calif. Whose fault?

Based on quotations made in Drug Topics (see "Kidney group traces high prices to pharmacies," in "Latelines," May 20), indicated as taken from a recent article in the National Kidney Cancer Association newsletter, I'd say the author/editor(s) are incredibly naive, incredibly ignorant, incredibly malicious, and/or seriously deficient in good sense and foresight. …

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