1. Why do I have to give my pharmacy license number when I sign up?

A: URPhA needs to verify that every member is actually a pharmacy professional. In cases where technicians do not have registered licensed numbers with the state board, they should email us their certificate given by their employer or by an accredited entity. We do not share this information with anyone, and it’s a one-time sign up verification process, whereby URPhA does not use your license number for any other purpose.

2. Does URPhA give my information to anyone?

A: No. URPhA does not sell or give your data, membership information, or any other personal information to any third party. We respect anonymity in all of our communications and transactions.

3. What do I get from my membership?

A: The most important thing you get from your membership is the peace of mind that comes with knowing you participated in being the change you have wanted to see in your profession. There’s nothing better than the underdog finally getting acknowledged. In addition, your membership supports scholarships for education and start-up money. Your membership means you can nominate recipients of rewards, and you can also create your own fundraising campaign, for any cause related to our profession. Finally, members have the opportunity to create polls and surveys on questions they have for their colleagues. Members get to be a part of a united platform for pharmacy professionals all over the nation.

4. If I want to file a complaint on my employer can I go to URPhA for support with my complaint?

A: No. URPhA does not communicate with employers. URPhA may suggest the appropriate organization or party to contact who may be able to give such advice. URPhA does not give legal advice to its members. If representatives of an employer contact URPhA and ask questions. If important, those questions will be passed on to members and followers by way of polls and surveys and results of polls are public, so we cannot prevent employers from seeing the results, but we will not send results to employers. We will have a generic, blanket response email to all employer emails, and all emails of this kind will be stored in a blog, on the blog page of this website, for the public to see.

5. I understand that URPhA is not a union. What is the difference between this association and a union?

A: URPhA is not like a union, in that unions work on behalf of the members whose fees are taken out of their paycheck. Unions generally happen within individual companies. Unions fight with companies, they lobby and they have the power to strike.

URPhA will not be in communication regarding negotiations of any member with the company they work for. Additionally, URPhA will not accept money from Big Pharma or big businesses within our field, such as the conglomerates and chains.
URPhA is a nonprofit organization founded for the purpose of organizing and advocating for pharmacists, technicians and interns. URPhA works on behalf of all pharmacists and their staff, and relies on the licensed professionals to best communicate what is needed to protect the profession. URPhA can’t and won’t stage strikes, and it will not work with unions. Pharmacy professionals want a voice and they want it to be their own voice.
6. Will URPhA try to sell me anything?

A: No. URPhA will have rewards and giveaways for members from time to time. There will be options to buy merch, but URPhA has no plans to push any sales to members. URPhA thrives from member participation. Feedback and engagement are the main objectives of how the members can best benefit the pharmacy community we’ve built together.

7. Can I remain anonymous inside the URPhA community if I am a member?

A: Yes. There is no way URPhA will share your identity in any fashion with outside or inside parties. We don’t have a way to track poll participants to their profiles. Members can also join the Think Tank under a made-up profile name. If one wishes to remain anonymous in the Think Tank they can, and if members go public they are still communicating with licensed professionals only, in hopes to network with people from all over the nation.

8. If I am not enjoying my membership is there a way I can get a refund?

A: In most cases, no. A yearly membership fee is paid upfront, and because there are no monthly installments, we ask that members commit to helping the profession by donating their membership fee, even if they don’t participate in the association by engaging in polls, contests, fundraising campaigns and networking. In extreme cases, we will review an appeal by way of email and the board will make a decision in terms of a refund in special circumstances.

9. How will URPhA monitor the communication within the Think Tank?

A: As a condition of membership, URPhA expects its members to be respectful of the basic rules listed in the right column of the Think Tank. We discourage bringing inflammatory content and subjects into the pharmacy platform. Any hate speech, badgering, relentless trolling, harassment complaints from users will be reviewed and appropriate actions will be taken to suspend accounts that are not compliant with rules. We encourage members to acknowledge there are all different types of people in the field of pharmacy and we need all of our voices to have an impact. Respect diversity and politely agree to disagree when at an impasse.

10 How can I contact the team?

A: Always email PDoggRPh@gmail.com and your email will be directed to the right member of our team.

11. Is URPhA hiring?

A: URPhA will have core team positions filled from the outset and will hire freelance for those looking to supplement their current income. Social butterfly types can become recruiters by sending a cover letter to PDoggRPh@gamil.com that shows how your in person and online following of pharmacy professionals can be used as an effective tool for recruiting members. Social butterflies can get a fixed commission on every potential member who signs up and choses their name in the “how did you hear about us?” drop down box on the sign up form.

12. Does URPhA accept donations from or do business in any way with employers, large companies, corporations or conglomerates?

A: No.