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Do You Want to Be a Concierge Pharmacist?

Published Online: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Can a pharmacist make a living as a self-employed Concierge Pharmacist? I received an email with Concierge Pharmacist as the subject and was intrigued. 
Even more surprising to me was that, when I did a Web search on “Concierge Pharmacist,” I received a number of hits, suggesting that a number of people are offering similar services. Maybe it’s not for everyone, but what a neat idea! Someone could begin developing this service on the side while working full-time.
On occasion I hear pharmacists complain about their working situation and say they feel as if they have no options except to just put up with their situation. Rather than feel sorry for them, I might challenge them to become an entrepreneur. I would imagine that you could start up a “concierge pharmacist” business without a whole lot of up-front capital investment. More importantly for me, as I reflected on the email I was encouraged that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in pharmacy.
Fred Eckel, RPh, MS, Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times
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This blog focuses on what our Editor-in-Chief sees as the future of pharmacy.
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Fred Eckel, RPh, MS, is the Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times, a position he has held since 2002. Mr. Eckel is a professor at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He serves as executive director of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists.

In this blog, Eckel will provide commentary on relevant issues impacting pharmacists and pharmacy professionals, including the merging of pharmacy benefit managers, the implications of health care reform, the conversion of major drugs from prescription to over-the-counter, trends in pharmacy careers, and opioid abuse. He will also discuss legislative issues that impact pharmacists, and comment on the evolving role of the pharmacist.
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