Riots in Baltimore Shut Down 10 Pharmacies – Be Prepared for Emergencies!

The riots in Baltimore at the end of April were a sad time for a wonderful city and our nation. But did you know that ten retail pharmacies were closed for several days because of the fires and looting? The pharmacies that were forced to shut down included six Rite Aid locations, two CVS stores, plus two Independent pharmacies such as the Best Care Pharmacy located in the riot vicinity. The primary reasons cited for the pharmacy closures were the potential threats of looting and the possibility of physical harm to pharmacy staff and employees.

Is your Pharmacy business or operation prepared to deal with such emergencies? Do you have policies and procedures in place such as notifying the public and your employees that you will be shutting down during an emergency situation like the Baltimore riots? Most of the pharmacies that HCC helps 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?

Healthcare Consultants has been helping pharmacies plan, prepare and deal with unexpected emergencies since 1989. Let us help you establish and implement emergency situation policies and procedures so that your business is prepared. Hopefully you will never experience a situation as extreme as the pharmacies in Baltimore faced with the rioting, but any emergency can result in a crisis that leads to lost revenue, law suits, and negative publicity for your business if not handled correctly. We strongly urge you to take action now to be prepared should any emergency situation arise.

Just a few of the other 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. Be prepared to handle emergencies should they arise. 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
5/11/2015


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