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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11/19/23  3:20 pm
Commenter: Terri Powers

Support and reasons why

I fully support these regulations for the following reasons:

1) I think the error rate in Virginia is intolerable. 

2) If you hold the PIC accountable for all aspects of the practice of pharmacy, they along with the pharmacist on duty, need to be allowed to staff their pharmacy so patient safety is the priority, not metrics, quotas, or company profits. 

3) Some patients with chronic diseases are complex and require more time and attention. Metrics and quotas don't take this into account.

Even though these emergency regulations are a step in the right direction to improving patient safety, more needs to be done. For instance, no pharmacist should be allowed to work alone. Pharmacy systems are designed to help minimize errors but only when more than one set of eyes are on the prescription and different check points are staffed. 

Thank you addressing the working conditions in Virginia pharmacies. Every pharmacist has a right to work with adequate staffing. 





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