Regional Chains Are Ideal Practice Setting for Some

Author: Eileen Koutnik-Fotopoulos

Staff Writer

Students have many opportunities upon graduation from pharmacy school. Choosing the right career path can be overwhelming. Pharmacists need to consider the practice setting, size of the pharmacy, and most important, what they hope to achieve in their profession. Oftentimes, pharmacists who have an internship with a smaller chain discover that this practice setting fits their ideal pharmacy job.

Many pharmacists are opting to practice in smaller, regional chains, because they want more opportunities to serve patients in the community and more involvement in the business of running a pharmacy. The relationships they build with patients through daily interaction help foster trust between patients and the pharmacists who provide the service. As the most accessible health care providers, pharmacists are in a unique position to educate patients on their medications and other health-related issues.

A career in a smaller chain offers many unique benefits. In addition to providing one-on-one counseling to patients, pharmacists are part of a health care team that works collaboratively with physicians to manage patients' drug therapy. Pharmacists in this practice setting may find opportunities to gain more patient interaction through various pharmacy programs such as disease state management, immunization services, medication therapy management, and clinic services.

Here is a brief summary of facts about some of the top chains:

LEWIS DRUG INC

KINNEY DRUGS

SHOPKO STORES INC