IPA Response to "Pharmageddon"
During a 3-day period from October 30 to November 1, a so called ‘pharmageddon' took place, where pharmacists from chain pharmacies staged a walkoutDuring a 3-day period from October 30 to November 1, a so called ‘pharmageddon' took place, where pharmacists from chain pharmacies staged a walkout with as many as 4500 people participating throughout the country. Many pharmacists voiced their concerns about unsafe working conditions such as increasing prescription volume, staff shortages, and an increase in crime in the pharmacies. Spokespersons from CVS stated business was usual during the walkouts and did not see any unusual activity regarding unplanned pharmacy closures. Both Walgreens and CVS have said they have been actively working on concerns that were raised by their pharmacists as well as investing in the pharmacies to support their pharmacists.
IPA acknowledges that pharmacists have genuine concerns about workplace safety. IPA's top priority is to advocate for the safety of pharmacy staff and patients and to work to address workplace issues. IPA also stands with other pharmacy associations and their statements regarding workplace issues. IPA encourages pharmacy staff to submit any workplace concerns by reporting anonymously to the Wellbeing Portal. IPA reaffirms its call for the entire pharmacy community to work together and follow the principles found in Fundamental Pharmacists Rights and Responsibilities statement from APhA.