The perspective from a lead pharmacist

Steps towards becoming a pharmacy technician

By TREVOR LAMB

Pauline Wright is the lead pharmacist at CVS in Kennesaw, Ga. Before she could get there, she had to go through a lot of challenges.

“I attended the University of Massachusetts; I majored in pharmacy while I was there and was determined to follow my dream of one day being a lead pharmacist,” she said.

Being a pharmacist requires a lot of attention and detail in order to obtain information about prescription drugs and their use.

“After finishing my undergrad, I was ready to go straight toward my graduate’s (degree) so I stayed at the University of Massachusetts for another year and a half before finally finishing school,” Wright said.

Being a pharmacist takes a similar path that a doctor does, there is much school involved along with hands on training. Some people go into pharmacy to make a six-figure salary, but in actuality, it takes more than that. It takes a special individual who enjoys learning about prescribed drugs to take the career path toward a pharmacist

“My job pays me very well, which lets me know my hard work has paid off, but I enjoy helping out people and learning about current and upcoming drugs that can help improve our society, “Wright said.

The environment on a daily basis in a pharmacy has its challenges and difficulties such as every job does, yet there are only certain people who can manage it.

“We experience heavy rushes throughout the day, which can be somewhat overwhelming,” she said. “Customers will rush our department at once demanding their scripts if there isn’t enough employees on a shift, then I’m faced with filling and handing out their prescribed medicine which can put you under immense pressure.”

Being a lead pharmacist over a store takes a huge responsibility because if anything goes wrong with a script then the first person who is held accountable is the pharmacist. Wright has now worked at CVS for 15 years, and is looked upon as one of the top leading pharmacists in the state. Along with filling scripts and prescribing medicine, pharmacists have to be familiar with different types of insurance that cover various medications in order to inform the customer.

“Dozens of people every day come to my store not knowing that they aren’t covered by insurance. The issue is that people aren’t able to afford their medication out of pocket so they aren’t able to treat the issue they are dealing with,” said Wright.

In order to receive their prescribed medication on time, people will check to be sure before going to pick up their script that they are fully covered in order to avoid any expensive fees. Without insurance, there is no guaranteeing that a person will be covered to treat any illness that they may go through. Insurance not only covers an individual but it gives them liability for anything that may happen towards the future.

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