Joseph Scuro
FPA Member since 2014

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I grew up the son of Italian immigrants under the sunshine of the central Florida coast. Over the years, I learned from all the diverse experiences and all the amazing people I have encountered as my work opportunities have taken me from one coast to the other of this great Nation.

I am blessed to have received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida, a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Whittier School of Law, a Doctor of Holistic Chiropractic Medicine from Northwestern College of Medicine and a Doctor of Pharmacy from Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy.

I am a member of the Duval County pharmacy association and serve as a member of the Florida Pharmacy Association Governmental Affairs Committee.

I currently serve as a healthcare consultant working in the areas of pharmacy law and quality assurance, healthcare regulation and policy, risk management, improving patient outcomes and entrepreneurial design. I continue to serve as a bench pharmacist and an independent Medication Therapy Management Service provider. I believe that maintaining this direct patient contact is the most important key to understanding the daily pressures that affect pharmacists. I maintain a law practice and serve as a Florida court certified arbitrator specializing in the area of pharmacy practice, healthcare business design and practice, and underserved client clinic services. As an educator, I have held the honor to serve at many amazing institutions such as the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy - Pharmacy law and ethics lab, University of Kentucky - Anatomy and physiology lab, Spencerian College - Corporate and business law, Southern College - Vice-Chairman, Curriculum and design committee - Corporate and business law and the Florida Criminal Justice Department - Constitutional law. As an author, I have been honored to be published twice this year in the Florida Pharmacy Association Journal, addressing the real pressures of filling controlled medications, as well as the balance between patient safety and pharmacy performance metrics.

Position statement

I believe that we are a profession of humble servants striving to enrich every person that we counsel. We are drawn into this profession not to meet metrics, but to educate and positively impact our patient’s health care. I began my pharmacy career like many of you a little afraid, nervous and with many lofty goals. I found a pharmacy profession plagued by struggle and bent on strangling my passions. Sadly, many of us have become convinced that we have been stamped as “labor” and can no longer improve our declining work conditions. I believe that all the ingredients we need to realize our professional passions already exists beneath our feet, and mixed together with the courage held within our numbers, we can influence and bring about meaningful change.

How do I define change?

We need to focus on getting the message and the work done by the Florida Pharmacy Association to all pharmacists. Which is Why the Association exist and What the Association does for all pharmacists. I have met too many pharmacists that have no idea what the Association does for them, or worse, they harbor the belief that the Association only reflects the interests of corporate retail pharmacy.

We need to work to enact the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) resolution to assist the state boards of pharmacy to regulate, restrict, or prohibit the use in pharmacies of performance metrics or quotas that are proven to cause distractions and unsafe environments for pharmacists and technicians. This would provide the Florida Board of Pharmacy the teeth to enforce dangerous pharmacist working conditions.

We need to energize interest in our Association conventions, focusing on presentation topics that are relevant and impactful to today’s pharmacist and reducing repetitive presentations. We need to provide more open forum discussions and pharmacist work groups.

We need to destroy the belief that we have been stamped as “labor” replaceable by technology and the growing number of new graduates. We have a powerful voice and with some determination, unconventional thinking and your financial support for the Florida Pharmacy Association lobbying efforts, our voices will be heard loud and clear.

I dedicate this servant opportunity to the memory of my first patient, my mother, as she underwent chemotherapy. She was the first person to believe in my healthcare provider dreams at 10 years old and challenged me to live a life of adventure and service. I ask that you let me be your voice within our Florida Pharmacy Association speaking out for our passions. My wish is that we always remember that pharmacists are amazing health care providers and that everyday no matter the weight of our circumstances we have the opportunity to positively touch our patient’s lives with our knowledge and compassion.

Book of Proverbs (23:7) proclaims, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”