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Neighbourhood Pharmacies backs Rx workplace study

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TORONTO — The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada and the British Columbia Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) are supporting research to assess the pharmacy workplace across several provinces.

Neighbourhood Pharmacies said the study, by the EY National Health Care Team, is aimed at bringing more clarity to such factors as employment standards, training and prescription volume trends, with insight from experienced pharmacists and other employees and input from new pharmacists on their expectations in entering practice.

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Justin Bates

Plans call for the EY-led study to get under way this month, with results expected within a few months. Targeted interviews, focus group workshops, along with desktop research will be performed over the next several months to help provide an accurate and up-to-date perspective on the pharmacy workplace environment, Neighbourhood Pharmacies said.

“The pharmacy workplace has a higher profile and has attracted more interest across the broader pharmacy community in Canada,” Justin Bates, chief executive officer of Neighbourhood Pharmacies, said in a statement. “It is essential that we work from a common base of knowledge that reflects the contribution of a range of pharmacy stakeholders. Our members want to play a central and proactive role, and we are very pleased to be working in partnership with BCPhA on this initiative.”

Pharmacy regulatory bodies in all provinces will be interviewed, with pharmacy managers and owners providing perspective, according to Neighbourhood Pharmacies.

In addition, pharmacists from at least three provinces will participate in focus groups. Issues such as human resources policies and implementation, governance and regulations, and the direct experience of working pharmacists will be evaluated as part of the research.

“The BCPhA represents both pharmacists and pharmacy owners and we want to ensure that the pharmacy workplace is examined as comprehensively as possible,” stated Geraldine Vance, CEO of BCPhA. “There is a shared commitment to ensuring that pharmacists practice to the highest standards and consistently meet their patients’ healthcare needs.”


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