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  • My name is Kate James, I'm a Compounding Pharmacist in Eugene, Oregon at Broadway Apothecary.

  • And now I'm going to tell you about some of the wonderful things and some of the not so

  • wonderful things as far as being a Pharmacist goes. Great things are you get to work with

  • people. One of the bad things is you get to work with people. That can be a plus and a

  • minus. Some, a lot of the people we deal with, they're sick, they don't feel well, they're

  • not very happy about what they have to pay for prescriptions as far as insurance reimbursement

  • rates goes. So that can be a difficult thing, but it's also a wonderful thing because you

  • get to build a relationship with people. Especially in community pharmacy, whether you're in a

  • chain or independent or that type of setting. You really get to know people and help them

  • and help them understand their medicine over time. And that's a really neat feeling. You

  • really become a part of the community as their Pharmacist. Another great thing about being

  • a Pharmacist is a lot of people are able to set their schedules fairly nicely. There's

  • a lot of part time work available, and a lot of people appreciate that. They are able to

  • really pursue their interests and activities outside of work and the pharmacy career allows

  • for that quite nicely. Other cons, I would say insurance is a con. That's not a wonderful

  • thing to deal with. It seems like you're always struggling and it's an uphill battle to try

  • and get people what they need and that can kind of drag you down some days. And then

  • the other thing is work load. That would be a con. It turns out that more and more people,

  • especially with the baby boomers coming on, are needing medications. And so you can have

  • a very busy, very jam packed day. Sometimes breaks and lunches just don't happen and you

  • learn to deal with that. But overall, it's very rewarding because you know at the end

  • of the day that you're helping somebody or educating somebody, and you're enabling somebody

  • to have a nice, healthy life.

My name is Kate James, I'm a Compounding Pharmacist in Eugene, Oregon at Broadway Apothecary.

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