COMMENTARY

The Pharmacist Shortage: Where Do We Stand?

Charlotte A. Kenreigh, PharmD; Linda Timm Wagner, PharmD

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January 13, 2006

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Take-Home Message

The shortage of pharmacists continues to be an important issue for healthcare. Current data suggest that there are not enough pharmacists to meet demands. The silver lining in this situation is that students enrolling in schools of pharmacy can expect many job opportunities upon graduation for the next several years. Recruitment and retention of pharmacy management and faculty remain significant challenges. If pharmacy is unable to meet the needs of patients, other healthcare workers could step in and assume some of those roles; however, with shortages continuing in other healthcare fields as well, the gaps in patient care could continue to grow.

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