While drug shortages are not new to pharmacists, recent shortages of essential medications such as Children's Tylenol and Amoxicillin have impacted a larger population and gained significant media coverage across Canada.
Leaders must be prepared to put their bulletproof vest on and own it. To process the time-waster’s feedback, remember that the issue is not a reflection on you, but a reflection on a set of circumstances that you were a part in building.
I don't know where you find yourself today, dear reader. But if you find yourself in a situation where you feel that you are being asked to do more with less, allow me to encourage you. You can become more. You absolutely can!
At the stroke of 2023, Ontario pharmacists were capable of initiating prescription medications without patients seeing a prescriber beforehand. It is a major solution to a major ailment plaguing a complex and congested healthcare system.
We get a call in the pharmacy asking if we have a drug. The busy pharmacy assistant checks our software that tells them we have what they are looking for. Two hours later, a patient enters with a prescription and we realize the software inventory is off and we don’t have any physical drug.