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Volunteers at Major Retailers (CVS, WAGS, etc)

Discussion in 'Pharmacy' started by mikebreen69, May 19, 2014.

  1. mikebreen69


    May 19, 2014
    Are prepharms allowed to volunteer with pharmacists in places like CVS or Wags? Just curious because of the laws and whatnot
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  3. RxMonkey

    RxMonkey 2+ Year Member

    Apr 17, 2014
    I can't think of any laws other than HIPAA that prevent it. But this can be circumvented by the same forms and disclaimers that allow volunteers in hospitals or physician shadowing programs.

    That being said, I have never seen a volunteer/shadowing mentee in a retail pharmacy. It's probably a loss prevention issue mostly. Not to mention the fact that most of the large retail pharmacies are so busy that a volunteer would be more in the way than any help.
  4. THE MTL

    THE MTL 5+ Year Member

    Sep 5, 2007
    New Jersey
    It most likely will be a company policy issue such as lost prevention, liability, damages. But as long you sign HIPAA compliance and registered as a tech with the state board of pharmacy, it might be possible.
  5. msweph

    msweph 2+ Year Member

    Jun 27, 2013
    I would not volunteer for CVS, etc. If you're going to be free labor, do it for an independent who will actually appreciate you.
  6. kendrick lamar

    kendrick lamar 2+ Year Member

    Jul 2, 2013
    My aunt works at a retail pharmacy and says she tells students all the time to find volunteer positions in retail pharmacies-I didn't know that, but it seems like you would have to go and ask each pharmacy individually because some people may be more willing to have you take on that role than others. I have tried this in hospital pharmacies, but they didn't seem like they want volunteers due to HIPPA violations. I worked 60 extra hours at Target after I completed my APPE there because I had 2-3 weeks of a break before starting my next rotation because they knew me by then and needed the help as there was a tech there who was still training. If you can try to get volunteering (if that is the best thing you got if finding a job is hard), I say go for it. I didn't have any job experience during school and now I graduated and feel pretty upset about it. Experience builds your confidence in getting the job after school, makes you a more viable candidate to get a job or getting experience for residency.
  7. LearnerSharer

    LearnerSharer 5+ Year Member

    Jul 20, 2008
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  8. Chaajo

    Chaajo 2+ Year Member

    May 8, 2013
    So basically am I supposed to apply as a certified pharm tech to get an exposure in a pharm setting?
    Also some of my questions may seem stupid here but forgive me really because Im still a bit confused.
    I applied this year to some hospitals for a volunteer position in pharmacy. Possibly because of liability issues they may not want to offer it though I dont understand why some of them mentioned 'pharmacy' in their volunteer site then. I'm thinking now of local drug store but won't they give me the same answer too if I ask about volunteering or job shadowing?

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