Local 12: Pharmacies adjusting hours due to staffing issues

Like a number of industries, staffing issues are causing many pharmacies to adjust their hours and close for lunch.

Jill Boone, PharmD, clinical professor and director of interprofessional education at the University of Cincinnati's James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, told Local 12 there is a great need for more pharmacists across the industry. This has led to expanded roles for the current workforce.

Boone said many pharmacies are showing their appreciation for workers through moves such as closing the pharmacy for lunch.

“Pharmacists really served the front line roll during the COVID pandemic. I think there is an appreciation for the value along with other health care workers about how much effort that was put in, and I think there is also recognition that we need to make sure we are taking care of our practitioners,” Boone said.

Despite the current situation, Boone said she is encouraged by the current crop of applicants and students in the College of Pharmacy who will soon join the workforce and help alleviate shortages.

Watch or read the Local 12 story.

Featured photo at top of exterior of James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. Photo/University of Cincinnati.

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