KPhA Addresses Workplace Conditions with Board of Pharmacy
KPhA highlights the work of the our Pharmacy Work Environment Advisory Committee which serves to provide advice to the KPhA Board of Directors on the topic of workplace standards.The Kentucky Board of Pharmacy met Wednesday, January 26, 2022, for a regularly scheduled meeting. The Board began the meeting by electing Dr. Peter Cohron to serve as Board President for 2022. They also elected John Fuller to serve as Vice President and installed three (3) new board members, Dr. Meredith Figg, Dr. Anthony Tagavi, and consumer member Jason Belcher. Dr. Tagavi is filling the vacancy created as past Board of Pharmacy member Dr. Chris Harlow as he recently transitioned to his new role as Executive Director in mid January.
KPhA had the opportunity to speak on behalf of our members to address ongoing concerns of current pharmacy work environments as it pertains to the safety of pharmacy professionals and our patients. KPhA Executive Director Ben Mudd reviewed the results of the 2021 KPhA Survey on Workplace Environment. Overall, the majority of respondents did not feel that they had adequate resources to safely care for patients. Furthermore, the problem is exacerbated by unreasonable performance metrics and requests to work longer hours without proper rest and meal breaks.
The Board listened intently to our concerns and voted to administer an additional survey on current workplace safety issues to better understand the scope of the issue. KPhA President Cathy Hanna pledged our support in assisting the Board in addressing the issue and creating real solutions. KPhA highlighted the work of the our Pharmacy Work Environment Advisory Committee which serves to provide advice to the KPhA Board of Directors on the topic of workplace standards. The Committee is chaired by Dr. Shelley Roberts of Grassroots pharmacy