This is happening fast. The Pharmacy Alliance has one stated goal: To get the boards to admit that a tired pharmacist is a dangerous pharmacist. I had expected a nationwide program to start in a month or so. It started today in North Carolina. The letter-writing campaign is only the first step. The next will be TPA press releases to major media outlets. Print and Television. Once they find out that XXX pharmacists are expected to work 14 hour shifts with no meal or rest periods, they will be all over it. KYYYY, you might think about negotiating a severance package to keep you quiet. One years wage sounds about right, plus full benefits for a year and a punitive settlement of at least $20,000.00. JP
Thank you for all you are doing. Went by today to pick up my personal items and I’m feeling pretty down about things. Wife broke down crying again this AM.
Thanks for listening and letting me vent. My family and I appreciate all your efforts
KYYYY HTTTT was summarily punished for doing the right thing. When you write to the NC board focus on patient safety. The board doesn’t care if KYYYY doesn’t go pee when he has to. They are mandated to protect the public. Notice that no board member has connections with any of the huge chains. We can do this.
Send all messages to Jay Campbell. Letters directly to board members may prejudice them and cause them to recuse themselves. The board will be judging on KYYYY claims.
North Carolina Board of Pharmacy
6015 Farrington Road #201, Chapel Hill, NC 27517-8154July 11, 2011
Jay Campbell, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
North Carolina Board of Pharmacy
This letter is a request that the board review the circumstances of the firing of KYYYY HTTTT (North Carolina license pharmacist# 14905) by XXX. We request that the board give consideration to the facts and intercede on Mister HTTTT’ behalf. Mister HTTTT was a trusted and competent pharmacist in charge for XXX. When he made a decision in an effort to assure patient safety, Mister HTTTT’ authority to close the drive-through was illegally usurped by a non-pharmacist. At this point, Mister HTTTT realized that the situation in the pharmacy was dangerous and untenable and he asserted his responsibility to make sure that patient safety came first and he closed the pharmacy. The board will recognize that this was his legal responsibility. He had no other viable choice.
Mister HTTTT reports that at hour seven of a fourteen hour shift, he had already reviewed and verified over 300 prescriptions. His intention was to counsel appropriately where the law required. That is one prescription every 84 seconds, with inadequate help. There was no uninterrupted break for nourishment or even a bathroom break. Clearly, Kelly HTTTT was compromised. It is to his credit that he took action as North Carolina Pharmacy Law requires before patients were harmed.
The Board of Pharmacy is mandated to regulate the practice of pharmacy in a manner that protects the public from harm or potential harm. CVS consistently operates in a manner that not only disregards North Carolina Pharmacy Law, they flaunt the law.
I specifically point to: -21 NCAC 46.1804(b) and -21 NCAC 46.141(b). The non-pharmacist store manager has absolutely no authority within the pharmacy. Mister HTTTT determined that the conditions obviated the safe and effective distribution of prescriptions. CVS disregarded the law. Mister HTTTT was right and he was fired for asserting his authority as pharmacist in charge. This cannot be allowed to stand.
It seems that the corporate culture at XXX-CCCCCCCC is based on getting profit by deceit. They are a huge company and it appears that XXX is so far down the rabbit-hole of swindling and fraud that one wonders if there is hope that they can get out of it and join the many retail pharmacy companies that play by the rules. Cases in point: XXX agreed to pay a $75 million fine for violating the record-keeping requirements meant to control pseudoephedrine sales. This had to be blatant disregard of the law, a thumbing their nose if you will. Recently, dozens of members of Congress urged the Federal Trade Commission to resolve the matter of XXX-CCCCCCC unfairly restricting trade and engaging in activities that violate federal anti-trust laws. It was stated, “It has become clear that XXX-CCCCCC’s model harms consumers and overall health care”.
A company that condones that kind of behavior at the corporate level can very easily fire Mister HTTTT at the store level for doing what a pharmacist should do. XXX has made a statement in North Carolina. “We will do it our way. The laws of the state mean nothing to us. We are too big. They wouldn’t dare rock our huge boat.”
I urge that the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy stand up and make its own statement. The behavior of XXX will not be tolerated. Blatant disregard for the safety of the citizens of North Carolina will be punished.
I do not know if KYYYY even wants his job back. There was a loss of income. The last few weeks have been stressful, for both KYYYY and his wife. They have small children. The loss of his job for abiding by both the letter and the spirit of the law is arbitrary punishment for not bending to the will of the corporation. I urge the board to do whatever means necessary to assure that Mr. HTTTT gets satisfaction, personally and legally.
Thank you for your attention.