IPA Stands with Pharmacists
Across the country this week, pharmacists have been courageous in shining a light on the unsafe working conditions that jeopardize patient care. IPA proudly stands in support of the pharmacists who are protesting to prioritize patient safety.
The latest Pharmacy Workplace and Well-being Report (PWWR) highlights that inadequate staffing, unreasonable metrics, and harassment by patients continue to impact pharmacists and pharmacy staff across the country. Patient safety is at the core of the pharmacy profession, but that is compromised without adequate support. When patient safety is compromised, pharmacists must speak up and act.
In 1999, the IPA House of Delegates adopted policy: IPA supports the rights of pharmacists to negotiate with their respective employers for working conditions that will foster compliance with state and federal law and the standards of pharmaceutical care as established by the profession.
As pharmacists, we take an Oath and are trusted by the public to protect their safety and well-being.
Pharmacists should not be subject to work conditions that comprise the best interests of the health and well-being of their patients or their status as a healthcare professional.