How Pharmacists Have Proven Their Value During COVID-19
How many times does the topic of COVID-19 come up in your day-to-day? Once or twice? A handful? Every hour? Whatever your answer is, it’s impossible to say that you haven’t been affected by this unprecedented pandemic we are experiencing. And among all the seemingly negative headlines you see every day, there are some lights that have shone through. Difficult times present opportunities for people to step up and help the world.
One example of this is our industry, the pharmacy industry.
You may or may not know this fact, but pharmacists are among the most trusted professions according to Forbes. In times of uncertainty, the people pharmacists serve need their help and support more than ever. And pharmacists have stepped up.
It hasn’t been easy.
Drug Store News reported, “Drug shortages of certain products, such as albuterol inhalers, insulin and various oral products are being reported consistently in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Consumers, fearful of long-term drug shortages, are demanding excessive quantities of medicines in an effort to stockpile at home for personal use.”
Social distancing has also been a challenge. “Pharmacies also are doing their part to promote social distancing, including increasing delivery services, parking lot pickup, and promoting use of drive-thrus as opposed to in-store activities. Pharmacists are reassuring patients that they are only a phone call away for consultation and advice about medicines or other health concerns,” per Drug Store News.
Along with these, you can add numerous other problems such as significant physician self-prescribing, finding and being a source of truth in a time where the internet speaks first and finds facts later, a growing need for immunizations, DIR fees and other third-party issues, and many more.
And in the midst of it all, pharmacy has adapted and shown their strength and resiliency in a time of hardship. Pharmacists, along with many other professions, have stepped up and answered the call. They say when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Pharmacists have been going for a while now, and this pandemic has brought to light even more how necessary and valuable the pharmacy industry is to everyone.
For additional information on how you can adapt and better serve your patients during this pandemic, visit APhA’s website for the Pharmacists’ Guide to Coronavirus.