Is Your Pharmacy Prepared for a Crisis or Emergency?

Most of the Pharmacies that we deal with are busy dealing with the day-to-day business of making a living. Filling prescriptions, compounding IV’s, consulting with patients and all the other tasks that our jobs require us to deal with us on a daily basis. Are you and your pharmacy business prepared to deal with an unexpected crisis or emergency that could potentially shut you down and threaten your reputation or livelihood?

Several recent examples to consider took place last week around the nation.

In a bizarre incident in Flatwoods, Kentucky, Stultz pharmacy had to deal with the crisis of a sports utility vehicle crashing through the store’s front doors earlier this week. A new drive-through system was implemented to accommodate customers, but business was interrupted for a time as the contingency plan was developed and implemented.

Another truly tragic event was the shooting and death of a Rite-Aid pharmacist in Lansing, Michigan this past week. The pharmacy was closed for 4 full days out of respect for the tragedy, but also due to lack of a replacement according to sources.

Lastly was the surprise site visit from personnel from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to Weatherford Compounding Pharmacy in Fort Worth, Texas last week. Although certain items were confiscated during the visit, business was ultimately not interrupted. Yet, the possibility existed if violations had been found.

These are simply three examples of Pharmacy businesses having to deal with unexpected & sometimes tragic emergencies. Are you and your Pharmacy prepared? Healthcare Consultants has been helping pharmacies plan, prepare for and deal with emergencies since 1989. Just a few of the services that we offer include:

– Pharmacist staffing (temporary, vacation & fill-in coverage)
– Equipment needs assessment
– Audit preparation
– Compliance reviews
– Policy & Procedure review and recommendations

Don’t let potential issues and problems develop into serious threats to your pharmacy! As the old cliché says: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Contact us on line or call us today for a Free Consultation at 800-642-1652 to discuss how we can help!

Bob Miller
5/20/2014


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