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Bill Gates, Billionaire, Philanthropist

by pharmacy on February 1, 2012

Bill Gates is the second richest man on the planet. According to Forbes Magazine, his $56 billion fortune is eclipsed only be the $63 billion amassed by Mexican investor Carlos Slim Helu. Gates’ face, his name, and his brand are recognized the world over.

What most of the world doesn’t know is that he would be on top of the wealthiest list if he stopped giving so much away, mostly in the form of vaccines. He spends billions in the effort to eradicate disease by distributing vaccines to fight measles, hepatitis B, rotavirus, AIDS, and others . [click to continue…]

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Heading back to where I started

by Cyrus on September 4, 2009

The advantage of being a traveling pharmacist is the ability to make your own schedule. I think the last time I actually took a personal vacation was over a year ago. Of course, it was my own set design and not because I wasn’t allowed to take a vacation.

Of all places I choose to go was to Rapid City, South Dakota. It was my very first state that I worked as a traveling pharmacist back in 2000. The facility was on an Indian Health Service (IHS) hospital/clinic in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. The hospital was relatively small servicing a community of the Lakota tribe (Sioux Indians). I took a 4 hour ride from Rapid City to Eagle Butte to visit the facility, and to my surprise, the town has not change a bit. In fact, the same locally employed technicians that I worked more than 9 years ago are still working there. [click to continue…]

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Recession-proof pharmacists

by Cyrus on July 2, 2009

Being a pharmacist means you will remain in demand for decades to come. It is a profession that is recession-proof and will remain viable as along people need medicine. I have looked at the Bureau of Labor Statistics and it stated that employment among pharmacists will grow by 22% through 2016. It is considered the fastest rate of employment among most occupations.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of May 2008, the average annual salary of pharmacists is $104,200. I can remember working as a pharmacist right after college making $35,000/year. I can’t believe how far we have progressed. As my father has always said, “You will never starve as a pharmacist.” Thanks dad, you were right!

We had a national shortage of pharmacists back in 2001. This was due to changing the curriculum from BS Pharmacy to the Pharm.D program. Pharmacy colleges weren’t producing enough pharmacists to meet the demand. Presently, we are meeting the demand, but there are still shortages depending on location around the United States. With the growing influx of prescriptions needing to be filled and more Americans living longer, the demand for pharmacist will always be needed to provide that service.

In President Obamas proposed health care reform, it stresses a team-based approach to care. I have seen working at several VA hospitals where primary care doctors are teamed up with the pharmacist to increase better patient care. I have seen pharmacist increasin g their role in providing immunizations, pain management, and doing blood monitoring for patient taking blood thinners. With this faltering economy, I have seen many patients seeking a pharmacist for free advice instead of spending money for an office visit with their doctor.

We are in an exciting time for our profession. It is not only counting pills by five, it is an ever evolving dynamic profession that is being interweaved with other healthcare professions. I have always believed that we are a very highly educated profession, but the least utilized. But with the advent of people living longer and high level of stress among doctors, I see a glimmer of light that our education will be fully realized.

Cyrus Pacis is a pharmacist who often works on long-term relief pharmacy jobs through RPh on the Go.

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As pharmacist, we are inundated with stress and pressure from our daily work. Often, there isn’t much we can do to eliminate that stress. But two recent court cases, in the US and UK, make it clear that the stakes for dealing with that stress have just gone up considerably.
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Travel pharmacy equals job security

by Cyrus on June 11, 2009

Since graduating pharmacy college, I soon started to appreciate politics. If you work and earn a paycheck, you too should be concern what your government is doing. Whether we like it or not, we are inundated with rules and regulation that affects us every day of our lives.

I have been getting emails from other traveling pharmacist sharing concerns about the state of the economy–high unemployment, and job security in particular. Now, what I have told them is what I am going to tell you. With the current rate of spending by the federal government, there are three areas that are not being affected: government-related jobs, education, and health care. If you are working in any division of health care, consider yourself very lucky. Doctors, nurses, health care technicians, and pharmacists seem to be immune from the high unemployment numbers we are witnessing.

Yet even compared to other health care professionals, traveling pharmacists have great job security right now. [click to continue…]

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Hi. My name’s Cyrus Pacis. I’m an RPh on the Go pharmacist and will be taking over the blogging here starting today.

I started with humble beginnings as a pharmacist. I once believed getting a job and staying with that job till retirement was the norm, but I found it totally not fulfilling. Complacency is the evil that we all share in the work place. It brings boredom, which leads to careless mistakes. It brings laziness, which leads to animosities among co-workers.

For the first 11 years as a pharmacist, I found myself in that trap of being complacent. Each one of us went through this. Haven’t you noticed doing the same mundane routine day in and day out? Haven’t you noticed some co-workers are getting on your nerves? Haven’t you noticed questioning yourself if this is the best it can get? Well, that was me. [click to continue…]

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