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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11/10/23  2:07 pm
Commenter: Sarah L

Remote Processing for Pharmacists and RPH/Technician Ratio

During the "state of emergency" in the pandemic, the Virginia Board of Pharmacy allowed remote processing for retail pharmacists and expanded the technician ratios for the massive influx of patients they would be caring for. I am personally grateful for the board making that decision as it kept my pharmacist's mental capacity safe. While we are no longer in the pandemic, with all the Rite Aid closures happening, and continuing to happen, this is something that needs to be reconsidered as an option once again. Only this time, keep it! We trust pharmacy technicians who are nationally certified and go through ASHP accredited training to be able to apply for the state and practice, why is there hesitation in trusting clinical doctors of drugs to remotely process? It was a huge benefit for patient safety and even larger for our pharmacists mental and clinical safety. Our community patients need pharmacies they can trust, but also pharmacies that can be efficient so patient care in not impacted. We cannot lose the touch point of community with our patients due to limited and outdated staffing ratios and limited processing. The board of Pharmacy has always been known for protecting our pharmacists/technicians while continuing to stay innovative and progressive with the needs/demands of today's patients. Please hear your own communities' concerns. These are two things that are vital and within your control to show you hear us.

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