Pharmacist explains challenges faced on daily basis

By TRE’ LAMB

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Pauline Wright is the lead pharmacist at CVS in Kennesaw, Ga.  Before she could get there, she had to face many challenges.

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

Being a pharmacist requires a great deal 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.

More than just a Large Salary

Being a pharmacist follows a similar path that a doctor does. There are extra years of school involved along with hands-on training. Some people take the pharmacy track to make a six-figure salary but in actuality, it takes more than that schooling. It takes a special individual who enjoys learning about prescribed drugs to take the career path towards a pharmacist

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

The environment on a daily basis in a pharmacy has its challenges and difficulties like any other job, yet there are only certain people who can manage it.

“We experience heavy rushes throughout the day which can be somewhat overwhelming; customers will rush our department at once demanding their [prescriptions],” said Wright. “If there aren’t enough employees on a shift, then I’m faced with filling and handing out the 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 prescription then the first person who is held accountable is the pharmacist.

Issues Facing Insurance

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 prescriptions 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,” said Wright. “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.”

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

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