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Do Speedy Prescription Guarantees Compromise Safety?

Monday, August 1st, 2011
In a recent Web exclusive article, Pharmacy Times reported on this concern by pharmacists regarding the “15-Minute Prescription Guarantee.” See: http://pharmacytimes.com/web-exclusives/Do-Speedy-Prescription-Guarantees-Compromise-Safety.

Why do employee pharmacists feel so trapped that they accept working conditions that they feel are unsafe? As professionals, shouldn’t we do what’s right first?

Yes, I know it is easy for me to raise that question because my job is not on the line, but unless we are willing to stand up for ourselves and our patient’s safety we will continue to get pushed around. Sure we can ask NABP and Boards of Pharmacy to condemn this practice of a time guarantee on filling a prescription, but will that stop the practice if the company thinks it gives them a marketing advantage? Pharmacists need to take control of their destiny, not hide behind some Board of Pharmacy opinion or even a rule.

What do you think the solution is and how can pharmacists speak up without putting their jobs in jeopardy?
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Fred Eckel, RPh, MS, Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times
Blog Description
This blog focuses on what our Editor-in-Chief sees as the future of pharmacy.
Author Bio
Fred Eckel, RPh, MS, is the Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times, a position he has held since 2002. Mr. Eckel is a professor at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He serves as executive director of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists.

In this blog, Eckel will provide commentary on relevant issues impacting pharmacists and pharmacy professionals, including the merging of pharmacy benefit managers, the implications of health care reform, the conversion of major drugs from prescription to over-the-counter, trends in pharmacy careers, and opioid abuse. He will also discuss legislative issues that impact pharmacists, and comment on the evolving role of the pharmacist.
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