This is the best answer I can give you to your question: What can I do?
First go to: www.thepharmacyalliance.com and join up.
Make your first stab at being an active member by writing a letter outlining the conditions you work under. Describe, in detail, one of the conditions that puts the patient in jeopardy. I like the consistent 14 hour days. How the fuck can you be alert and fully competent at hour 12 of a 14 hour day? When you do three 14 hour shifts a week? For some of you, that is a good one to hang your hat on. For women, especially, you become dangerous when you do not eat or hydrate properly. I do not know why so many women are hypoglycemic when men can abuse themselves terribly and not suffer. Make the #1, detailed point of your letter how you are compromised simply because your drug store company does not allow you to frikkin eat a meal in peace and quiet. I mean just 15 minutes. Are your patients in jeopardy when you experience vertigo? I do not know what you experience when you are hypoglycemic, but you do.
It is important that your slant is that the patient is in danger because of your working conditions. Your discomfort does not matter. Nobody gives a shit about you.
If you have an example of an error made and you can tie it to your working conditions, that is the key to the kingdom. Write it out. Don’t worry. Nobody is going to cuff you and read you your rights.
The stated mission of TPA is to return dignity, self-respect and integrity to the job of working as a pharmacist or a technician. TPA’s principal project right now is to positively affect working conditions by bringing light to the dark places.
Your contribution is not difficult or time-consuming. All you have to do is tell the truth.
Send your letter to your state board, the editor of your local newspaper, TV news departments, even talk radio. If you can send it directly to an investigative reporter you will have hit the mother lode. Publicity! Steve. Peon, anybody else who should get a copy?
Send a copy of your letter to Pharmacy Steve. Steve Ariens is the National Public Relations Director of The Pharmacy Alliance. Here is his stuff.
Steve Ariens firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey Steve, I do not have your USPS mailing address. Can you include it in a comment and I will put it here if that’s okay. I think it would be valuable for you to get old-fashioned letters. What do you think?
This post is in response to letters that said, “Okay, you are right. I have been sitting on my ass being a victim. I am ready to go. What can I do?”
Let’s go, you guys. You are the studs in this industry whether you know it or not. There is no industry without you. That Rite-Aid on Maple Street is just a pathetic variety store without you. What is it about that kind of power that you can’t seem to understand. CVS wants you to stay ignorant.
Tell us what you are going to do.
From Pharmacist Steve
my mailing address is 2241 State St PMB 137 New Albany, IN 47150.
Although… scanning the letter and attaching it to a email.. I can print it out .. just as if I got it by snail mail.
If we could just get one person in each state to review the BOP’s meeting minutes and the quarterly newsletter that most states send out… and point out anything of significant..
We recently found by accident.. where the PA BOP had fined a chain store a fair sum.. for some infraction.
If you don’t want to send something to a newspaper/TV… I can do it as a press release under the TPA to your area.. without your name on it…
Send a copy of what you sent the BOP directly to the BOP inspector for your area/store… could increase the possibility of it being shared with all the inspectors in the state
JP – how about compiling them on the TPA website or I can get a new website to compiling them on or compiling them on the TPA’s Facebook page or on Pharmacy Roulette Facebook page. Of course,individual names will be keep off the website.
I could get emails/faxes for TV/newspaper in major markets and send out a quarterly press release… high lighting the most egregious issues and suggesting they reference the webpage where all the issues are compiled. If members are able to develop a relationship with a investigator reporter in a particular market.. I could include those in the quarterly press release… Likewise.. develop a list of attorney firms that are taking a interest in pharmacy mistakes to be added to the quarterly list.
Once the email/fax list is developed.. sending out the quarterly press release .. could be rather straight forward.
We need more attention on our website. Perhaps compiling there would help. We have neglected it. However, we do have a member volunteer to manage the website. That will help. I need to check with the web designer. The old password does not work. Patience, you guys. We are the inscrutable pharmacists.