The Face of Pharmacy

No longer is the face of pharmacy mostly male. No longer is it a middle-aged man who was commonly portrayed as cherubic and welcoming to anyone with a health issue.

No longer is the face of pharmacy mostly male. No longer is it a middle-aged man who was commonly portrayed as cherubic and welcoming to anyone with a health issue. No longer is it a male with a lot of time on his hands to pat the fanny of anyone who wants attention. That was then! Now is now.

The face of pharmacy is young and female in the 21st century. Boys don’t have the foresight to get the grades in high school. They screw around thinking that mommy and daddy are gonna save their asses while teen age girls keep their eyes on the prize and get admitted to pharmacy school. This is an accomplishment.

It is speculated that it is harder to get into pharmacy school than medical school these days. A good choice, too: Only six years for a Doctor of Pharmacy degree that is highly clinical. Entry-level is $100,000+ to work a 40-hour week. $20,000+ sign-on bonus. Some drug store chains offer BMWs as additional bait. They pay the lease as long as you work for them. And you don’t have an over-inflated flamboyant image to maintain as a pharmacist. You can just be you. The pharmacist image is casual, friendly and we are not intimidating to the average patient. They trust us and perhaps it is because we are so accessible. It is relaxing not to have to live up to an extravagant and mysterious appearance. I don’t know a Doctor of Pharmacy who expects to be called doctor.

I am Jim Plagakis. I have written JP at Large in Drug Topics magazine for 20 years. I have published a few books, one a novel. This little blog will be fun for me and I think it will be, at times, amusing for you. Other times, deadly serious. Please visit www.jimplagakis.com and www.shopadvanstar.com/plagakis. It will be nice getting to know you.