Kentucky has about 300 pharmacy vacancies right now , according to Mike Mayes
, executive director of the Kentucky Pharmacy Association
Every year we have about 125 pharmacists who leave the profession here either because of retirement , relocation or death , Mayes
said.University of Kentucky is the only school in the state that has a pharmacy program.They only graduated 77 people last fall , so you can see the problem..
The shortages extend across the country.
A national Department of Health and Human Services 2000 study showed the number of unfilled drug store pharmacist positions rose from 2 , 700 to 7 , 000 during the past two years.
said any program that works to alleviate such shortages should be commended.