As pharmacists, we have a professional obligation through our Oath to consider the welfare of humanity and the relief of suffering as our primary concerns. We further commit to advocating for changes that improve patient care. Pharmacists who find themselves in situations where the welfare of others is in question should always pause, evaluate the situation, and take the steps necessary to ensure safe, optimal patient care. This is irrespective of the setting of care.
In 2021, APhA and NASPA released the Pharmacist’s Fundamental Responsibilities and Rights, which are now supported by many organizations. The issues that lead to suboptimal health care working environments are complex and are not unique to pharmacies. We see similar situations in physicians’ offices, hospitals, and other practice settings. Our health care system needs change which leads to supporting the patient–provider (including the pharmacist provider) relationship.
APhA continues to advocate for these changes, including working closely with corporate pharmacies to seek payment system reforms that support patient safety and optimal care. We know that change can’t happen fast enough. Yet, we are also getting reports from pharmacists of incremental positive improvements. For this we are thankful.
The data submitted by pharmacists to date indicate that employers and pharmacists are not engaging in sufficient dialogue. APhA calls upon employers to engage in better communication with pharmacists to find solutions that will accelerate innovations and improvements in the dispensing and care process.
For Every Pharmacist. For All of Pharmacy.