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  12:02 pm
Commenter: Anonymous


Dear Board of Pharmacy,

I am writing to highlight a concerning trend in the pharmacy profession. Pharmacists are consistently going above and beyond, often arriving 1-2 hours early and staying late 1-3 hours after their shifts without compensation to complete their work. These dedicated efforts are due to an ever-increasing workload, including responsibilities like administering RSV vaccines and performing strep tests, all with insufficient support in the pharmacy.

This excessive workload and stress are pushing pharmacists to their limits, resulting in burnout and significantly increasing the risk of medication errors, which is detrimental to patient care. I kindly request that the Board of Pharmacy take action to improve the work environment for pharmacists, address staffing concerns, and implement policies to ensure fair compensation for their additional efforts.

Protecting pharmacist well-being is essential for maintaining the high standard of care our patients deserve.

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