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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11/4/23  8:03 am
Commenter: Sanjay J.


Being a Retail Pharmacist for 30 years, leads me to provide a perspective that some newly licensed pharmacists do not know. It was not always this bad. We actually truly enjoyed our jobs and career path chosen. So, the real question is why has that changed. It always used to be a 50/50 split between making money and providing patient care with Company. But that ratio has now changed drastically to about a 80/20 split. How can we be expected to provide patient care with the limited staff provided. You cannot expect 1 Rph to work a 12 hour day filling 400+ Rx's with 2 technicians and still allow 40+ ancillary (shots/tests) to be scheduled during the day. The thing that drops during the cracks on days like this is patient safety. The Board of Pharmacy needs to implement safe working conditions with regards to how many Rph's and support staff are required based on volume. 

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