- Dec 11, 2013
Next month out pharmacy "goes live" with the new PDX-EPX system. For those who already are using it, how is it? Anything you have learned that could help us? Any tricks???
And also, big minus, for high volume pharmacies is filling and printing backtags.
we gave up on filling e-faxes. It is just too much for us.
Not personally, but have spoken to multiple people who have said that, other than having to deal with PDX, we have it good. I know for a fact that we pay better...I've applied at other chains and can't even get past the initial phone interview because I'm unwilling to take a MAJOR pay cut. The HIGHEST pay rate was $1.50 LESS as a Cert tech with experience than I started at as an uncert person off the street with ZERO experience! Not to mention, we don't have to deal with drive-thrus~lol! All pharmacies have bare-bones staffs, other than a few independents & hospitals, but even they are starting to cut back.we gave up on filling e-faxes. It is just too much for us.
Same at my pharmacy.
Has anybody here worked at a non-Target pharmacy, like Walgreen's or CVS? Between Target's idiotic setup, their unwillingness to schedule anything but a barebones staff, and some of my co-workers, I'm ready to leave. But if it's going to be like this everywhere, I may as well stay for the time being.
Target may pay the RPhs 50% more, but not the techs...at least not to start. 30% is more like it (50% would be < min wage)...at least where I live. I've applied at 4 competitors and the lowest pay was $3 less than I started at, highest was $1.50 less (both were for cert techs, which is all they will hire now, neither were willing to hire uncert. techs...had I been cert. when I was hired, it would be $4 & $2.50).believe it or not... but Target has very big payroll for staffing at Pharmacy. We are paid 30-50% more than other retail pharmacy techs, and they give more hours per script than others. The new system is also design for better productivity and reducing hours per script in a long run. I heard stories from other pharmacists about the other retailers, and they all say that others have better systems, but they fill 400 scripts with one/two tech a day.
Corp has a big dream with pharmacy. After the new system, the next step is target rx distribution centers, so they don't have to rely on McKesson, and raise the profits.