Apathy — A Disease in Pharmacy

An opinion shared to me by 2 industry members I spoke to today.

lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern.

The exact word was “…apathetic” when asked how they feel most pharmacists are nowadays. Sounds extreme, but there’s some truth to it. Lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern. There should be none of that in the younger generation of pharmacists, right? Nope. I see it all the time. If you’re looking, you’ll see it too.

Lack of Interest

All pharmacists get asked this some time in their careers. Why pharmacy? If you’re one of the good ones, you’ll have a really inspirational story to tell and I’m so glad you’re among us. A lot of us, however, will answer with some version of , “I was about to graduate (undergrad) so I just applied to something and got in”. If that’s you, you’re not alone. Not too many of us are deeply passionate about the mechanism of action of atorvastatin or the half-life of doxycycline. We don’t have the same hype around our profession as doctors, nurses, dentists, or other healthcare professions do.

Lack of Enthusiasm

No surprise, especially with all the cuts going on. My list of 5 Reasons Why Pharmacists are Miserable outlines my opinion on that. Check it out!

Lack of Concern

I read “lack of concern” as not being concerned enough when we should be. There are things we should be concerned about — the cuts (as mentioned above), lack of innovation, saturation, and rise of the machines (automation) are just a few things that come to mind. Sure — we all complain about those things, but only a hand-full take action. And ..

..actions speak louder than words.
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