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Gallup Survey Finds Public Confidence in Pharmacists at a Record High

Published Online: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The annual Gallup survey of professional honesty and ethics for 2012 was released this month. This survey shows pharmacists scoring their highest score ever. In fact, 75% of respondents rated the honesty and ethical standards of pharmacists either highly or very highly. During the 3 decades Gallup has conducted this poll, pharmacists have routinely ranked near the top. It is our hope that prescription plan sponsors will take note of the public trust in pharmacists and design plans that encourage interaction between patient and pharmacist to improve patient outcomes.
Pharmacists should feel good about our annual positive rating in this Gallup survey. However, I have often heard fellow academics ask why we rank so high. Rather than feel proud that our graduates do well and are highly esteemed by the public, these academics often want to discount the survey. I think this occurs because too many academics and specialist pharmacists think that the best pharmacists are people like themselves. Therefore, when the Gallup survey comes out they want to discount the value of the survey results rather than celebrate them. What do you think of Gallup’s results?
Fred Eckel, RPh, MS, Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times
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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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