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Chain Drug Store Pharmacy - Multiple Practice Areas

Retail Drugstore Chains

Store Based Chain Drug Store Pharmacist

  • Entry level for new graduates is generally in a store.  Typically, the next step is promotion to pharmacy manager, or pharmacist-in-charge (PIC).  The store pharmacist position involves overseeing the staff pharmacists, technical help, and register help.  The pharmacy manager, or PIC, is responsible for legal and regulatory issues, inventory budgets, payroll, and scheduling.

Field Based Pharmacist in a Chain Drug Store

  • After tenure as a store based pharmacist, there may be opportunities in the field as pharmacy district managers. At this level, the assigned territory may be 12 to 14 stores.  A pharmacy district manager generally spends several days a week working out of a regional office, and the other days traveling from store to store.  The district manager deals with any store based issues that come up, including questions about personnel, inventory, budgeting, and general issues.  District managers should also counsel and mentor store based pharmacists.

  • Regional pharmacy managers have greater responsibilities, including a greater number of stores (usually 25 to 30).  The regional manager only make occasional visits to the stores; as they meet with the district managers concerning store issues regularly.  The regional pharmacy manager is the direct liaison to the corporate headquarters, reporting on sales and operations.

Corporate Home Office Based Pharmacist - Several career paths are available with the corporate pharmacy office.  They include:

  • Corporate Pharmacy Operations - The pharmacy operations managers directly oversees the financials of the individual stores.  Personnel, technology and workflow, professional services, and increasing profitability are all components of a smoothly ran pharmacy.  The pharmacy operations manager works hand in hand with other corporate departments to ensure attainment of corporate pharmacy goals.

  • Corporate Clinical Services - The corporate clinical services manager is responsible for developing and implementing clinical programs within the scope of the chains operations.  These services involve heath and education programs and community healthcare programs, often in conjunction with local physicians and other local healthcare/medical facilities.  The clinical services manager is also responsible for designing billable pharmacy-based  clinical service initiatives that will positively impact the bottom line of the corporation.

  • Chain Pharmacy Human Resources - The human resources pharmacist is responsible for recruiting pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to the chain.  This can be a demanding job with today's pharmacist shortage.  Human resources (HR) is also responsible for ensuring the proper training of both pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.  HR pharmacists make presentations at pharmacy schools, hold career fairs, and provide internship, externship, and pharmacist job opportunities.

  • Corporate Technology Pharmacists - Technology pharmacists ensure that new computer software and computer hardware is designed and implemented with the pharmacist in mind.  Often taking precedence over ease and speed of use is attention to pharmacy and HIPPA laws - so the technology pharmacist must attempt to integrate a blend of functionality to facilitate proper pharmacy operation.   Technology pharmacists are the primary consultants in designing pharmacy workflow parameters, and are of primary importance in pharmacy function enhancements.

  • Government Relation Pharmacist - The government relations pharmacist serves as a liaison between the pharmacy chain and governmental regulatory bodies.    These pharmacists include lobbyists, former government officials, and pharmacist lawyers.  These pharmacists provide education to policy makers concerning all phases of pharmacy.

  • Pharmaceutical Purchasing Pharmacists - Most chains employ pharmacists to oversee the procurement of pharmaceuticals for the chain.  These pharmacists hear about new products before they are released, and design strategies to ensure that all stores within the chain have access to these products.  Pharmaceutical purchasing pharmacists also are responsible for making sure that needed pharmaceuticals are always in-stock, as well as forecasting and intercepting forecasts of pharmaceutical demand.  They are also responsible for "buying the right drugs at the right price", to enhance the profit margins on drug sales.

  • Chain Drugstore Managed Care Pharmacist - The corporate chain managed care pharmacist is responsible for managing and negotiating contracts with third party payers - including  employer groups, insurance companies, pharmacy benefit managers and healthcare maintenance organizations.  As third party payers represent over 80% of the chain pharmacy's patients, the value of contractual prices has a huge impact on the chain's overall profitability.  As many chain pharmacies also own a pharmacy benefit manager, these pharmacists also oversee formulary lists, preferred drug pricing, mail order options, and other related items.

As noted, chain drug store pharmacy encompasses all areas of the pharmaceutical landscape and has many different opportunities for ambitious pharmacists.

References:  "The Pfizer Guide to Careers in Pharmacy"

 

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