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Is anyone aware of any work at home options for pharmacists?

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raspharmd's picturePharmacistraspharmdJoined: Aug, 2009
Location: arapaho, OK
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Yes, can you explain more. I am currently taking a pharmacy sabbatical so to speak to travel, help with an aging parent, and pursue writing I've always desired. I think I've seen every angle of pharmacy: retail, home health care, Long-term care, education, hospital, and relief. I do not want to lose touch of pharmacy, and do miss the income, but am not currently wanting to pursue a 9-5, weekends include job. So telepharmacy sounds wonderful, or at least a potential until I'm ready to return to regular practice setting

MusicMeg222's picturePharmacy TechnicianMusicMeg222Joined: Aug, 2009
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 3

Certain Walgreens Pharmacies are creating a CPO (Central Pharmacy Operations) Center in Tempe, AZ. All of the prescriptions sent to select pharmacies participating in CPO are sent to Tempe where they are filled and delivered to the correct pharmacies.

Walgreens is allowing currently employed pharmacists to work at home with a cut in pay. It's somewhat of a benefit if you enjoy working at home, but the annual pay will be cut.

ocps's picturePharmacistocpsJoined: Aug, 2009
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 6

So how exactly do you do this for Walgreens? Do you receive a scan of the order or something?

MusicMeg222's picturePharmacy TechnicianMusicMeg222Joined: Aug, 2009
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 3

As silly as this may seem, I'm not really sure how it works. Mostly because I'm not interested in this option and I'm not a pharmacist yet. If you're interested in becoming a verification pharmacist from home, Walgreens needs to be informed ahead of time to prepare you for everything. I believe Walgreens provides pharmacists with software that is used in the verification process. If a prescription is reviewed and data entry is incorrect, the pharmacist may fix the error themselves, or send it back to the entry technician to fix.

I'll definately find more about this and let you know. Are you currently a pharmacist?

ocps's picturePharmacistocpsJoined: Aug, 2009
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 6

Do you need to be in the state of Arizona to do this? What about Merk Medco from home or Humana? Verifying on-line for a LTC or doing chart review remotely? Has anyone heard of any companies doing this??

MusicMeg222's picturePharmacy TechnicianMusicMeg222Joined: Aug, 2009
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 3

You do not have to be in the state of Arizona to become a work-at-home pharmacist. I know there are several pharmacies in Florida that are already providing this option for pharmacists. Walgreens is hoping to eventually allow the whole US to benefit from this option, but it will take years.

I'm not sure where you live, as it may not be an option yet, but it may soon!

Anonymous's pictureanonymous user

Again, I am not a pharmacist, but we did fill prescriptions for patients when they came to the pharmacy window and if they saw the mental health professional via TV (sorta like teleconference) our window pharmacy techs would put on the patient's pink slip "telemed." I wish I could answer your question about anyone doing telepharmacy in Texas but I don't know of anyone yet doing that.

ocps's picturePharmacistocpsJoined: Aug, 2009
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 6

Yes! Telepharmacy (by that I think you mean entering or verifying orders from a remote location) is one example. I know there are a few companies out there that do telepharmacy.

I think Texas is very proactive about this. Has anyone done that?

Anonymous's pictureanonymous user

What about Telepharmacy?? I know I'm not a pharmacist but wouldn't that qualify as a type of work from home option?

dgmpharm's picturePharmacistdgmpharmJoined: Aug, 2009
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 3

This is an area Im constantly searching for options that might be available. I havent found a whole lot, but they are out there very occasionally. I saw one for an insurance company, but as I recall, I didnt live in the required state (for licensure purposes I guess)...