California is often the first domino to fall. This could be very big.
This is an excerpt of the 7/6/09 post by “The Drug Monkey”.
Bill Monning is chair of the California State Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment, which held an informational hearing back in April entitled “Working Conditions of Retail Pharmacists: Are Workers and Consumers Being Harmed?”
One retail pharmacist testified anonymously to protect his identity. He stated that he had been employed as a PIC for 20 by CVS.
He expressed his concerns, including. Staffing levels. Some company policies discourage breaks, rest periods or bathroom .
Second, he testified that there is simply not enough time to provide proper counseling and there is a lack of proper space for patient confidentiality.
Finally, he expressed concern about certain prescription quotas that were linked to employee bonuses and created pressure on pharmacists to work faster.
California Assemblyman, Bill Monning. He cares more about you and the safety of your patients than your employe does.
Funny thing is, Bill Monning probably isn’t your State Assemblyman. But again, he’s doing more for you than your employer ever will.
Your state board doesn’t seem to care. Probably because there is a good chance the boards are run by your employer. We have been telling them that a tired pharmacist is a dangerous pharmacist for decades.
So the only player in all this who’s on your side if you dispense or receive a prescription is a member of the California State Legislature. I want you to think about that as the health care reform debate unfolds over these next few months.
It might not be a bad idea for all of us to thank Bill Monning. Get the word out. Pass this around or are pharmacists truly disinterested and apathetic.
2-25-2009, From Pharmacy Slave 2000. Too important to bury in Comments. This smells of desperation to me. Use the Club, Slave. Counsel according to the law. Document, Document, Document any reistance you get. Take names and write it down
This is a very timely post as my employer, RAD, is preparing to launch a new business growth initiative company wide in March, the “15 minute Guarantee”. Basically, anyone dropping off up to 3 rx’s, transfers included, is “guaranteed” to receive those prescriptions in 15 mins. or they will receive a $5 gift card for store use. I don’t think I have to discuss the variety of reasons that this is wrong and an absolute slap in the face to the pharmacists who take on all the responsibility and liability everyday.
I don’t take up many causes but this is something we ALL need to fight against. We work in a “me too” profession. The other chains will most certaintly be watching to see if this works and, if it shows even a small amount of success, they will be right on board with a program of their own. This is something I’ve been fearing for a long time. I don’t think I’m being melodramatic when I say that this could be a death-blow for pharmacists. Think your working conitions are bad now?
I implore you to support RAD pharmacists and notify your State Board that this program is dangerous. Let them know that a rushed and tired pharmacist is a danger to the public. Let them know that is unfair and irresponsible for a company to force pharmacists to work under a time limit. Finally, we need to hit these corporations where it hurts most, at their paying customer base. Let your customers know what is going on. Tell them they should be terrified of the direction of pharmacy. It is a good outlet for us to vent here but it will do nothing to change our position. We need to get the public on our side.
It has been shown in the last couple weeks that the internet is a powerful tool to instigate change. We need to get the message out to the State Boards, the public and each other that we will not be forced to jeapordize our licenses or the public well-being because of programs designed by nonpharmacist businessmen. This is something worth fighting against.