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New Position PA - Pharmacist Assistant - Problems for Pharmacists?

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I've heard that a significant change to the profession of pharmacy is on its way, which could be a potentially bad thing for pharmacists. A new position, called a pharmacist assistant which is between a technician and a pharmacist is being pushed into effect. This position would allow the PA to dispense prescriptions in the absense of a pharmacist and perhaps counsel patients as well. This will likely reduce the need for pharmacists and lower pharmacists salary. This position will likely take over the retail sector, since retail really isn't very difficult compared to other areas of practice. A retail pharmacist may be non existant in the future. In the future, pharmacists will be making less money and won't be in as much demand as they are now. Unless somehow this position never becomes a reality!
 
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