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What Do You Hate/Like Most About Pharmacy

Discussion in 'Pharmacy' started by acc, May 9, 2008.

  1. acc

    acc 2+ Year Member

    May 4, 2008
    I graduated from pharmacy school 17 yrs. ago. Worked retail for 6 yrs. then left for another career outside of pharmacy, recently returned to pharmacy for the money.

    All of my friends hate it. They don't feel like they're helping people and don't feel appreciated because all they get is aggravation.

    Here's what I hate:
    * insurance BS
    * rude customers
    * always on the go, no breaks
    * no pension
    * constant pressure to get it done NOW! (is it done yet?:eek:)
    * chest pains from pressure
    * forgot a lot of stuff learned in Rx school, don't use it

    Here's what I like:
    * Money
    * Money
    * Money
    * less hours and still make decent money to live on
    * starting to get some respect (OH, you're a pharmacissssssst?)
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  3. mattc_85

    mattc_85 Call me Jeffrey 10+ Year Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Maybe your friends should be doing something else if they hate it so much they probably aren't going to be much help to their patients. Anyways....
    What I like:
    Variety of opportunities
    Constantly learning
    Helping people

    What I dislike:
    Stress can get high at times but thats about all I can complain about
  4. loo

    loo Always Sleepy 7+ Year Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Where It Is Always Cold
    Other than money, why did you leave your other career?
  5. RxWildcat

    RxWildcat Julius Randle BEASTMODE! Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    Basically all the negatives you listed are why I can't work retail when I'm done, I worked retail for about 3 1/2 years and it definitely can get to you. What I like is the diversity of career options within pharmacy now, I really really like direct patient interaction (when it pertains to medication issues, NOT insurance!!!).
  6. acc

    acc 2+ Year Member

    May 4, 2008
    Other degree required a master's, not something I was interested in pursuing so it was that or pharmacy. Only got a BS in pharm, no mandatory pharmD otherwise I'd have stayed with the other career.

    What else is there out there besides retail where you can work 2 days a week and make a decent living?
  7. PharmDstudent

    PharmDstudent 7+ Year Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Anyone who works as a pharmacist for the money shouldn't complain about their job. It's all about the money, right?
  8. Twins fan

    Twins fan Aspiring Rock Star 2+ Year Member

    Oct 8, 2007
    Right! If the one reason a pharmacist is in the profession is because he or she can "get real paid" (as my close friend Beck once said in song...good times:thumbup:), fair enough. Just keep in mind when that pharmacist complains about all the negative things that come along with the job that he or she IS GETTING PAID large sums of money to perform it. If becoming a pharmacist and going into retail pharmacy was the most fun and easiest career path in the world, everybody would want to do it and you wouldn't get paid jack and demand. Then the Mr. I-Hate-My-Job pharmacists out there would really be complaining, because not only would they hate their job, they wouldn't be making any money either.

    I'm not so supremely idealistic to think that everyone is in the profession only because they want to help others...I myself will happily admit that I love the fact that in a couple of years I will probably be making close to or more than 100K/year. But I guarantee that with that kind of salary I will not become one of those people that *beaches* and moans about how much their job sucks every day. If you have the brains to get into pharmacy school and become a pharmacist, you are pretty blessed the way I see it. I wish more people would be thankful for the opportunities they have been given rather than complain is too short to be so negative.

    (I struggle to keep from using this rant against one of the pharmacists I work with almost everyday. She's in it completely for the money, yet it doesn't seem to be enough to make her happy.....why not quit and find something else that will make you happy?)
  9. WVUPharm2007

    WVUPharm2007 imagine sisyphus happy Pharmacist 10+ Year Member

    Like: Me
    Hate: Everyone else
  10. ageldred

    ageldred Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 17, 2006
    Jacksonville, FL
    Because some people are only happy when they're complaining. People like that are never satisfied....and they aren't fun to be around.

    I'm in pharmacy for the money.
  11. mike36

    mike36 7+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    Austin, TX
    I know people like that. Very annoying. If you are going to complain, at least do something to change your life. Otherwise, shut the hell up and keep doing what you're doing.

    I like pharmacy for the diversity. As a first year student, there are several different career choices that I am still considering. I will probably change my mind several times before I graduate.

    I also like that my pharmacy school is in my home city. I know it sounds silly, but I am close to family here. If I were to go to med school, I would have to leave my family and friends for a few years.

    If I were in it for the money, I would go to med school and probably specialize in infectious diseases. Don't get me wrong. I like that I will be pulling in close to 100K as a pharmacist. But I could make more as an ID doc.
  12. Knipps

    Knipps In a 6 year program 2+ Year Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    You can still do pharmacy & ID, it's actually something I'm considering (along with toxicology)
  13. mike36

    mike36 7+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Oh yeah...I am thinking about doing a PGY 2 in ID. I just meant that you can make more as an ID MD versus ID PharmD. The point was that I am choosing PharmD because it is what I want, versus making the big bucks I would make as an ID MD.
  14. PharmDstudent

    PharmDstudent 7+ Year Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    I was reading somewhere on the allopathic forum that it's difficult to find an ID job after an MD does the residency. I tried to pull up the thread, but I can't find it.
    The money is there for MDs, but the jobs are probably less available than we would expect.
  15. YapYap6

    YapYap6 2+ Year Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    Dislike: Ignorant *** customers.
    Like: Really going out of my way to help someone in need. Let's me stroke my ego. The money is NOT good for me right now ($11.25/hr tech); however, I go home feeling good about myself and that's worth a lot.
  16. firefighter9015

    firefighter9015 It's not THAT kind of study hour... 2+ Year Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    -Opportunities that the profession has given me and will continue to give me
    -Being able to help my patients
    -Being able to explain to people outside of the profession what clinical pharmacy is and why it is important

    -Dealing with insurance ( I am a hospital gal the whole way)
    -Going to school for it (This wil come of the list in a couple of months, but I am currently jaded after this last semester)

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