Overworked Pharmacists Could Get Help from State

EUGENE, Ore. — Overworked pharmacists may be getting help from the state.

The Oregon Board of Pharmacy is considering a rule change.

It would allow them to fine, suspend or revoke licenses from pharmacies in response to a survey revealing safety concerns about poor working conditions affecting patient health and safety.

Local independent pharmacists say over the years the industry has moved more toward chains and taken away labor to save money.

“I feel as though there’s frustration in the pharmacists. They want to do a good job, but they’re handcuffed in the amount of help they’re given,” said River Road Health Mart pharmacist Brian Marr.

Marr believes those conditions have also led to an increase in more private offices as pharmacists with the intent of shifting the focus back to patient care.

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