Pharmacy hours are rising again after the summer holidays
Pharmacy patients can expect to see their pharmacy hours increase in September 2018 as the holiday season draws to a close.
A new pharmacy plan has been launched to help boost pharmacy availability in the coming weeks.
The Ontario Association of Pharmacists says that over the course of September, pharmacists will be able to open their doors between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
That will bring them closer to their patients during peak hours, and will help alleviate the strain that pharmacists feel from closing stores during the busy holiday season.
“We’re very excited about the opportunity to open more hours, as well as provide additional support to pharmacists in the areas of increased patient and employee health care needs,” said Mark McManus, president of the Ontario Association.
The association is hosting a meeting on September 29, from 6 p.y. to 8 p.k. at the National Bank of Canada, 100 Wellington St., in Ottawa.
Pharmacists will be invited to attend the meeting to discuss the new pharmacy plans.
“Our members have a variety of needs, from prescription medication to pharmacy supplies, and they will have a greater opportunity to access their medications and pharmacy supplies at pharmacy hours,” said McManuses.
“There will be an increase in pharmacy hours during peak business hours.”
The Ontario Pharmacists’ Association also has put out a new poster in support of the pharmacy plans, which include increasing pharmacy hours for pharmacies that offer free or reduced price plans to members, such as Target, Costco, Walgreens and Rite Aid.
The posters are available to purchase at pharmacy.on.ca and will be distributed in pharmacies on September 30.
A spokesperson for Target told The Canadian Press that the pharmacy plan was rolled out over the summer, and that it will not change for September 2018.
“The pharmacy plan that we’re rolling out will not be a new one, and it’s just to ensure that we can maintain our commitment to our customers, so that’s the same as always,” said spokesperson Danielle Rocha.
“As always, our goal is to provide the best and most efficient service to our clients and their families.”
For example, Target has said that it is adding two hours of pharmacy in the morning, and two hours at noon.
Walgreen, meanwhile, has said it is increasing pharmacy access at its stores to ensure its patients receive the best possible service during peak times.
“In a few years, we hope to offer the same quality of service we offer now, which will be at least two hours,” spokeswoman Laura Tapp told the Toronto Star.
“So, we will be looking to be more accommodating of the community’s needs, and we will continue to add more hours to our pharmacy.”
The pharmacy plans are the latest in a series of initiatives aimed at improving pharmacy access for the working poor.
Last fall, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care announced that it would be extending the province’s pharmacists’ hours of operation to 9 a.”m.
to 4 p.p.m.; the government is also expanding the availability of medication to low-income patients.
Pharmacy services are currently available for seniors, disabled people and those who need medication to treat conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome and anxiety.