So many people have been on the front lines of this pandemic. Even during this situation we have seen humanity pull together for the greater good time and time again. I, for one, am so very thankful for our doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, so on and so on. There are too many to name, but the ones I really want to recognize is pharmacy staffs across the nation. I work directly with pharmacy staff and buyers in my region on a daily basis. They are the heroes behind the scenes. I recently spoke to one of my pharmacy managers about his take on the current pandemic situation and how it has affected his pharmacy.
Back in March, the pandemic of COVID-19 escalated quickly. For the first few weeks, Zack Rogers, Pharmacy Manager at U of L Health, recalls how everyone was buying everything up due to the fear of the unknown. The unknown is a very scary place for the pharmacy buyer at any hospital to deal with. If there are shortages on medications, the hospital can’t effectively treat the patients. During the onset of the pandemic, hospitals were forced to shut down most outpatient services to ensure enough beds and staff for COVID patients. However, as they start to reopen those services, Zach says “Fear of having to cancel elective operations and routine procedures due to drug shortage is an ongoing fear; something we have to stay on top of”.
While drug shortages are something that the pharmacy buyers have to deal with on a daily basis, it is no secret that the current situation has magnified this problem. All of the pharmacy buyers and managers just like Zach are working hard to continue operations as usual in a unusual situation. They deserve all the kudos for working day in and day out to source everything the hospital will need. They are the ones that are making sure each doctor is able to prescribe exactly what the patient needs to make them better, regardless of the diagnoses. Thank you to all the pharmacy staff, pharmacy buyers and managers for doing what you do, most always behind the scenes. You are why I feel confident to take my family into the hospital without a second thought, knowing that they will get what they need.