How to save a pharmacy’s hours
A pharmacy is one of the best ways to keep costs down, said Sharon Wills, a senior pharmacist at Wyeth, who has worked with the pharmacy chain for 20 years.
The pharmacy is where patients are brought in and given prescriptions.
“If we can save a few hours of the day, we can really make a big difference in the cost of a pharmacy,” she said.
“You don’t have to spend a ton of money, but you can save money and it can actually save you money in the long run.”
Wills and other pharmacy staff say they have noticed a significant drop in pharmacy hours as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
Pharmacies have to pay more for prescription drugs and are required to have prescription monitoring devices on staff, and they also must offer prescription testing.
But Wills said the savings from fewer hours is minimal.
“If you have to buy more medications and you have a higher amount of staff, it can add up,” she explained.
“But the savings are so small and you are saving your health care dollars.”
To find out if your pharmacy is saving hours, Wills and her staff at Wyes are calling up their patients and asking if they have any questions.
The Wyeth Pharmacy Advisory Council (WMAC) is a network of pharmacy managers and pharmacy technicians, who work to ensure all the pharmacy’s pharmacy hours are being utilized.
The WMAC members will provide pharmacy management tips and recommendations on how to make their pharmacy more efficient, said Wills.
She said she thinks it’s important to remember that all the pharmacies are not created equal.
If a pharmacy has more staff, they can use it to better manage their pharmacy hours and make sure they are making money.
“We want our customers to feel comfortable,” she added.
“It’s a very personal and intimate experience.
So we want to make sure that we are making a difference.”
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