Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Pharmacy
Regulations Governing the Practice of Pharmacy [18 VAC 110 ‑ 20]
Action Pharmacy working conditions
Stage Emergency/NOIRA
Comment Period Ended on 11/22/2023
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10/30/23  2:27 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

This is a start, but more needs to be done seriously. Support

There is not enough help in the pharmacy, every pharmacy needs more help. Safeway, Harris teeter, Giant food, CVS, outpatient, hospital, Costco, Walgreens, Wegmans- every single pharmacy I go to- I hear the same thing - not enough help at the pharmacy. The number of prescription we do a day and the amount of work we put in to fill those prescription - we have to kill ourself to pump out those prescription every single day.  This impacts patient care. Every day, guidelines change, we have to do more things . New vaccines like RSV for examples. Do strep test. Do curbside pickup. Do mail prescriptions. Advertise coupons books. Advertise reward programs for the corporate with no break or lunch break. Dealing with slow internet and technology issues 

even though I come 1-2 hours early and I stay 1-3 hours after my shift, work at the pharmacy is never done. Inventory. Transferring medications to other pharmacy to reduce expires. Pulling expired medication. Scanning consent form  for vaccines several hours earlier. Submitting information to government for Covid vaccines- whether it’s was left or right deltoid thing. Dealing with the drive though section of the pharmacy.

No one applies to pharmacy for work as tech or tech in training anymore these days with the current pay being minimum wage. How am I supposed to provide great patient care without being distracted every second with another task from corporate and not enough help? I’m human and a person . I try my best but how do I tackle 1-300 prescriptions a day without enough help? This impacts patient care.

this is a start but more needs to be done! 

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