From Modern Medicine Network: A new Minnesota law may help reduce the number of errors that are caused by pharmacist fatigue. The law requires that pharmacists and pharmacy techs not work more than 12 hours per day and have reasonable time for breaks.
“We are concerned that pharmacies are being asked to do more work and that the prescription volumes are increasing. Even the best of pharmacists, if you put them in the environment where there are hundreds of prescriptions to fill…and they are working 12 hours without a break, [mistakes can occur],” said Minnesota Board of Pharmacy Executive Director Cody Wiberg, PharmD.
“We worked with NACDS [National Association of Chain Drug Stores] and reached some compromise on the language of the rule,” Wiberg said. Read the full article.