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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11/11/23  5:50 pm
Commenter: Mary

Have been waiting 27 years for this

I have been a pharmacist for 33 years, 27 of which I have practiced in Virginia. Obviously, a lot has changed in that time frame. On the one hand it is great that Pharmacists are considered more of the Health Care team and can provide more services for our patients. I am very proud of how our profession took the lead during the pandemic. Doctor's offices were closed and largely unavailable to patients, but Pharmacists were always available. There was not another choice and we accomplished what was asked of us. But the corporations took those accomplishments and decided it was a great opportunity for them to make lots of money off their pharmacists by piling on more and more responsibilities without extra help or breaks during the 12 plus hour days. We cannot hire Technicians because they do not pay a living wage. We are told we have to provide vaccinations on a walk-in basis as well as Strep/Flu Testing, Travel Immunization Counseling, pushing telemedicine visits all while continuing to do what we have always done. Why should some person sit in an office at corporate and dictate what constitutes safe Pharmacy practice when they are never in the Pharmacy? Errors have increased but they just consider that to be part of the business without considering how those mistakes have a personal negative affect on the Pharmacist. Years ago, I questioned a member of the Board of Pharmacy why the company I was working for was allowed to do something and his response was that they did not like to tell companies how to do business. Why not? If you are regulating the Pharmacy "Profession" it is your responsibility to regulate the working conditions that the Pharmacists in this profession are having to work in.


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