Minnesota Board of Pharmacy considering rules to tighten up security

The Minnesota Board of Pharmacy is now considering new rules to tighten up security measures after pharmacy robberies continue to increase. Pharmacy robberies first jumped on the radar screens for authorities back 2 years ago. There was a 94% spike in armed robberies at pharmacies—and that pace continued into 2017.

The Minnesota Board of Pharmacy is now considering new rules to tighten up security measures after pharmacy robberies continue to increase. Pharmacy robberies first jumped on the radar screens for authorities back 2 years ago. There was a 94% spike in armed robberies at pharmacies—and that pace continued into 2017. "It's definitely time to look at the rules," says Cody Wiberg, executive director for the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy. Wiberg says the numbers, combined with consistent concerns from pharmacists, have led the board to start drafting new rules. Among the rules under consideration are requiring security cameras at eye level, adding height charts at doors, and raising the check-out counter. "The higher the pharmacy counter, the better," says Wiberg. "Maybe there will be a minimum counter height we'll have to have." Studies have shown a higher counter with a locked door deters robbers from jumping over and demanding drugs. The proposed rules will go before the board for final approval.