If You Listen Closely, You May Detect The Sound Of A State Board Growing A Pair.

"I thought I was too jaded to get excited by something like this, but I've got to admit it lights a fire under my balls to think a state board might have the cajones to step into the ring with any of the big retail chains." So says the alert reader who forwarded this copy of a survey sent out by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy. We shall see.........

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Please take a few minutes to fill out this opinion survey on pharmacy closing rules. The Iowa Board of Pharmacy welcomes your feedback and your answers will be kept confidential. Thank you for your participation.

All responses will remain anonymous and will only be reported in the aggregate.

Do certain pharmacy business practices (such as 15-minute prescription guarantees, incentive coupons to transfer prescriptions, quotas on # of prescriptions dispensed and time to complete DUR, and pharmacist/ technician staff cuts) interfere with the pharmacist's ability to serve as the safety net in the medication use process?

Should boards of pharmacy set a rate for maximum average number of prescriptions dispensed per pharmacist per hour?

Should boards of pharmacy require that individual pharmacies/pharmacists-in-charge determine and document, in policy, a pharmacy-specific maximum average number of prescriptions dispensed per pharmacist per hour?

If yes, should the pharmacy/PIC be required to regularly monitor that rate and make staffing adjustments as needed to comply with their own policy?

Should pharmacy companies be allowed to offer incentives (such as coupons and other promotions) to encourage customers to transfer prescriptions?

Should pharmacy companies be allowed to advertise guarantees on the amount of time in which prescriptions will be dispensed?

Should pharmacy companies be allowed to set quotas or time limits on the amount of time it takes a pharmacist to perform patient care responsibilities, such as DUR and patient counseling?

Agree/Disagree

Advertising or soliciting for patronage is not in the public interest and is a grounds for discipline if it offers bonuses or inducements in any form other than a discount or reduction in an established fee or price for a professional service or product.

Agree/Disagree

A pharmacy shall not guarantee, promise, advertise, or in any way promote the dispensing of a prescription within a specified time limit or period that would jeopardize the health, safety, and welfare of the patient or the ability of the pharmacist to complete the pharmacist's professional responsibilities including, but not limited to, drug use review, patient counseling, and verification of the accuracy of the prescription.

Describe your typical workload in the pharmacy:

Do working conditions adversely impact your ability to practice pharmacy safely?

How long is your typical work shift? Indicate time period in hours:

Do you receive a break during your shift? If yes, indicate length of break in minutes:

Should pharmacies have a required meal break for pharmacy staff?

Should pharmacies have policies regarding workload?

Should pharmacies have policies regarding working conditions?

Should pharmacies have policies regarding maximum work shifts? If yes, should pharmacies have a specified maximum shift for pharmacists?

What type of practice setting do you work in?

Mail (or fax) completed surveys to: Iowa Board of Pharmacy 400 SW Eighth Street, Suite E Des Moines, IA 50309-4688 FAX: 515-281-4609 http://www.iowa.gov/ibpe/index.htm
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