U.S. pharmacists saw their day-to-day responsibilities change and increase as the recent economic downturn forced many to expand their roles, according to a new survey from Frost & Sullivan. As pharmacies look to rebuild teams during the recovery, partnerships with staffing agencies may be beneficial.
Frost & Sullivan issued an April 3 press release describing its findings, which considered feedback from a panel of 10 to 15 pre-selected pharmacists. While hiring in the industry is expected to climb over the next few months and years, respondents said recent economic pressures have made them assets for patients in ways they had not been in the past.
For instance, many pharmacists found themselves playing the role of medication consultant, assisting patients with their purchasing decisions. Similarly, pharmacists have been asked to help patients with matters related to medication safety.
While the expanding profile of the pharmacy position has given many professionals an opportunity to showcase their talents at customer service, it has also reduced the time available to fulfill other workplace obligations.
"Pharmacists believe that impending trends in retail pharmacy include increased medication therapy management (MTM), volume, number of vaccinations offered, and consolidation through mergers and acquisitions," said a Frost & Sullivan industry analyst in a press release.
With the healthcare industry tabbed as a burgeoning provider of new jobs, more pharmacies may find themselves pressed to bring in new talent. Temporary staffing agencies may be able to connect these businesses with the best available candidates, while consultants with experience identifying applicants for pharmacy jobs could also help fill permanent positions.
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