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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10/31/23  11:45 am
Commenter: Anonymous


Pharmacists need better work conditions for several reasons:

  1. Patient Safety: Pharmacists play a crucial role in ensuring the safe and effective use of medications. Fatigue and stress due to long working hours can compromise their ability to provide accurate medication counseling and prevent medication errors.

  2. Workload: Many pharmacists face heavy workloads, with high prescription volumes and administrative tasks. Improved work conditions, including manageable workloads, can enhance their ability to provide quality patient care.

  3. Mental Health: Stress and burnout are common in the pharmacy profession. Better work conditions, such as reasonable work hours and breaks, can help safeguard the mental well-being of pharmacists.

  4. Staffing Levels: Adequate staffing is essential to meet patient needs. Understaffing can lead to rushed work and potential errors. Better work conditions should include appropriate staffing levels to ensure patient safety.

  5. Career Development: Pharmacists may benefit from opportunities for professional development and continuing education. Improved work conditions can allow them the time and resources for career growth.

  6. Respect and Recognition: Pharmacists are highly trained professionals, but they may not always receive the recognition and respect they deserve. Better work conditions can help foster a more positive and supportive work environment.

  7. Job Satisfaction: When pharmacists have better work conditions, they are more likely to be satisfied with their careers, leading to improved job performance and patient outcomes.

In summary, better work conditions for pharmacists are essential to ensure patient safety, protect their mental health, and enhance their job satisfaction, which ultimately benefits both healthcare providers and patients.

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