Topic: Pharmacists to follow docs, nurses in medical exodus - THE PHILIPPINE PHARMACISTS ASSOCIATION OFFICIAL WEBSITE
Come on, we all know the reason why Pinoy Pharmacists consider working abroad. In typical community settings, how much a Pharmacist can earn? 8K, 9K, 10K? And that’s gross income. You are fortunate if employed by big companies who can offer other benefits. Others will end in putting up their own drugstores. Well, if you have money and skills to do that, why not.
How’s the ‘Botika ng Bayan’ now? Is there a Pharmacist watching over the operation? I leave that for you to answer.
In other countries, there is a so called ‘locum pharmacist’. He/she is a person who temporarily performs the duties of another. For example, the regular pharmacist cannot go to work in a particular day, the owner can ask another pharmacist to work temporarily (freelancer). Just like a doctor, they can go from hospital to another to practice their profession. Even a teacher can have their substitute. Why can’t we do that as well? Many illegal operations will stop if this will be considered. This also means extra income for Filipino Pharmacists in the Philippines. This is better than seeing our registered pharmacists practicing a different profession. This is better than seeing our registered pharmacists working abroad.