Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Getting Veterans Back to Work

We Can't Wait: Obama Administration Announces New Initiatives to Get Veterans Back to Work

Having served and defended our nation, veterans are well-trained, highly skilled and will add value to any company. But today’s veterans face unique challenges: As of October, over 850,000 veterans were unemployed and the jobless rate for post-9/11 veterans was 12.1 percent. And as we end the war in Iraq and wind down the war in Afghanistan, over one million servicemembers are projected to leave the military between 2011 and 2016. Accordingly, there is more work to do to ensure these men and women can find jobs at home when they return.

On November 7, leading veterans’ organizations joined President Obama at the White House to announce their support for the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits, two provisions in the American Jobs Act Congress is scheduled to consider that will help create jobs and strengthen the economy. The Returning Heroes Tax Credit provides firms that hire unemployed veterans with a maximum credit of $5,600 per veteran, while the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit offers firms that hire veterans with service-connected disabilities with a maximum credit of $9,600 per veteran.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

HHS & FDA Host Virtual Hiring Fair for Veterans & People with Disabilities

Informational Video on FDA's upcoming Virtual Hiring Event on Thursday Nov 3rd 2011 Instructions on creating your Federal Resume, Navigating the NEW USAJOBS, and applying at HHS and FDA

Monday, September 12, 2011

Walgreens Sued By EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Store Fired Worker with Diabetes for Eating Chips to Stop Hypoglycemia Attack, Federal Agency Charges

SAN FRANCISCO — Drugstore giant Walgreens violated federal law by firing a worker with diabetes instead of accommodating her, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charged in a lawsuit filed today under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

According to the EEOC, Josefina Hernandez, a cashier at Walgreens’ South San Francisco store, was on duty when she opened a $1.39 bag of chips because she was suffering from an attack of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Hernandez had worked for Walgreens for almost 18 years with no disciplinary record, and Walgreens knew of her diabetes. Nevertheless, Walgreens fired her after being informed that Hernandez had eaten the chips because her blood sugar was low, even though she paid for the chips when she came off cashier duty.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Assistive technology for pharmacists with disabilities

There are a number of different types of assistive technologies that can help pharmacists working in the retail or clinical environment. In both of these settings, you may be required to move around on a regular basis. If your disability is related to mobility, then you may benefit from assistive technology devices.

Assistive technology or adaptive technology (AT) is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and also includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using them. AT promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to or changed methods of interacting with the technology needed to accomplish such tasks.

Pharmacists who have a mobility-related disability would probably benefit by using one of the following:

Durable Medical Equipment (DME)

  • Seating products that assist people to sit comfortably and safely (seating systems, cushions, therapeutic seats).
  • Standing products to support people with disabilities in the standing position while maintaining/improving their health (standing frame, standing wheelchair, active stander).
  • Walking products to aid people with disabilities who are able to walk or stand with assistance (canes, crutches, walkers, gait trainers).
  • Advanced technology walking products to aid people with disabilities, such as paraplegia or cerebral palsy, who would not at all able to walk or stand (exoskeletons).
  • Wheeled mobility products that enable people with reduced mobility to move freely indoors and outdoors (wheelchairs/scooters)
  • Vehicles modified with Height adjustable suspension, to allow wheelchair entry to the vehicle
  • Robot-aided rehabilitation is a sensory-motor rehabilitation technique based on the use of robots and mechatronic devices

Monday, June 6, 2011


RxPATROL® is a collaborative effort between industry and law enforcement designed to collect, collate, analyze and disseminate pharmacy theft information. RxPATROL helps protect the pharmacy environment and ensure legitimate patients' access to life-sustaining medicines.

Collaborating with Crime Stoppers further enhances RxPATROL's efforts to disseminate information regarding pharmacy crime. By working with local media outlets, Crime Stoppers reward offers can expedite the identification and apprehension of these suspects.

Learn more here:

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Federal Disability Job Fair - June 9

The U.S. Department of Labor in partnership with The Federal Executive Board will hold a Job Fair for people with disabilities from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on June 9, 2011 in Richardson, TX. Two sessions will each present 'How to Apply “Schedule A” Authority in the Federal Government?' and 'Employment and Training Programs and Career Websites.' For more information, contact Blas Rueda-Caraballo at (972) 850-4459 or or click here (PDF)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Oklahoma City pharmacist with disability in murder trial

Oklahoma City pharmacist Jerome Ersland is charged with first-degree murder in the May 19, 2009 shooting death of a would-be robber. The charge alleges Ersland shot Antwun Parker, 16, while he was incapacitated and lying on his back.

You can follow stories from the murder trial here.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Disability Lawsuit With Former Pharmacist

This case is from 2008, but it's an interesting story:

"Wal-Mart Settles 14-Year Old Disability Lawsuit With Former Pharmacist"

Wal-Mart pharmacist, Glenda Allen, was shot during a robbery at her second job. Doctors estimated her chance of survival as very poor. But survive she did. Doctors concluded she may never walk again. But walk she did. In the end, she suffered permanent injury to her spinal cord and required the use of a cane as a result of an abnormal gait caused by the shooting.
When she sought to return to work, Wal-Mart fired her.

More information about the story can be found here.

3 jury prospects let go in Okla pharmacist's trial

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two years after her son was shot to death during an attempted robbery at an Oklahoma City pharmacy, the teenager's mother has filed a lawsuit alleging the shooting "was an act of gross negligence and deliberate indifference."

Cleta Jennings filed the lawsuit against Jerome Ersland, 59, and the Reliable Discount Pharmacy over the May 19, 2009, shooting death of 16-year-old Antwun Parker. Jennings filed the lawsuit on Tuesday as jury selection was under way for Ersland's first-degree murder trial over Parker's death.

Monday, May 2, 2011

CIGNA Adds Pharmacist to Disability Management Clinical Team

CIGNA Adds Pharmacist to Disability Management Clinical Team
  • The pharmacist will focus on the role of medication impacts/effects in the disability management process
  • Will identify prescription-related trends and strategies to help people stay at work or to be successful in returning to work from disability
PHILADELPHIA, April 12, 2011 - Underscoring the importance of integrating clinical disciplines into the disability and absence management program, CIGNA announced today that it’s adding a pharmacist as a new member of CIGNA's disability management clinical team, focusing on the role of medication and medication adherence in disability management and stay at work and return to work strategies.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Disability Employment Statistics Released for March 2011

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics has released disability employment statistics for March showing that the percentage of people with disabilities in the labor force was 21.0. By comparison, the percentage of persons with no disability in the labor force was 69.7. The unemployment rate for those with disabilities was 15.6 percent, compared with 8.9 percent for persons with no disability, not seasonally adjusted.

Click here for more information.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Campaign for Disability Employment "I Can" PSA

The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Jobs for pharmacists with disabilities

Pharmacists with disabilities may have a difficult time finding jobs in the retail or hospital sectors that don't require you to spend most of your workday on your feet. If you work in a pharmaceutical company, you'll probably spend most of your time sitting at your desk (unless you're traveling).

Here's what the Bureau of Labor Statistics has to say about pharmacist jobs:

Work environment. Pharmacists work in clean, well-lighted, and well-ventilated areas. Many pharmacists spend most of their workday on their feet. When working with sterile or dangerous pharmaceutical products, pharmacists wear gloves, masks, and other protective equipment.

Most pharmacists work about 40 hours a week, but about 12 percent worked more than 50 hours per week in 2008. In addition, about 19 percent of pharmacists worked part-time. Many community and hospital pharmacies are open for extended hours, so pharmacists may be required to work nights, weekends, and holidays. Consultant pharmacists may travel to healthcare facilities to monitor patients' drug therapies.


Pharmacists held about 269,900 jobs in 2008. About 65 percent worked in retail settings. Most of these were salaried employees, but a small number were self-employed owners. About 22 percent of pharmacists worked in hospitals. A small proportion worked in mail-order and Internet pharmacies, pharmaceutical wholesalers, offices of physicians, and the Federal Government.

Job Outlook

Employment is expected to increase faster than the average. As a result of job growth, the need to replace workers who leave the occupation, and the limited capacity of training programs, job prospects should be excellent.

Employment change. Employment of pharmacists is expected to grow by 17 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations. The increasing numbers of middle-aged and elderly people—who use more prescription drugs than younger people—will continue to spur demand for pharmacists throughout the projection period. In addition, as scientific advances lead to new drug products, and as an increasing number of people obtain prescription drug coverage, the need for these workers will continue to expand.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

What's the Job Market for Disabled Pharmacists?

There are a number of job opportunities for disabled pharmacists who can work on a computer. Those who have strong writing skills can get involved in a number of medical and scientific writing jobs. Other pharmacists also get involved in pharmacovigilance and drug safety.

Make sure to brush up on your computer skills so that you can work efficiently.
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