Sacramento, CA – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council released the following statements on the California Board of Pharmacy’s recent issuance of a $101,000 citation to CVS for violating SB 362 (Newman – 2021).
“Today’s enforcement of SB 362 ensures patients at this store, and all other CVS stores will be safer picking up their prescriptions,” said Andrea Zinder, President, UFCW Local 324. “UFCW member pharmacists, clerks and pharmacy staff fought hard to pass SB 362 in 2021 so they would not be beholden to corporate-imposed quotas that divert their attention from patient care. Corporate pharmacy quotas are about profits, not patients, and this citation from the California Board of Pharmacy shows the pharmacy industry that they can no longer sacrifice patient care to make a buck. UFCW members applaud this citation and will continue to ensure this important bill is enforced.”
“Pharmacists, clerks, and technicians like myself go above and beyond to ensure our patients are taken care of, from filling prescriptions accurately to counseling them on side effects and interactions, to just listening about their day,” said Vincent Chairez, a pharmacy technician at CVS. “SB 362 was the first step in helping us prevent our healthcare employers from putting patients at risk to make more profits. Today’s action by the Board of Pharmacy is the next step, and I thank them for acting to ensure we can do our jobs to the best of our ability while prioritizing our patients safety when they pick up their prescriptions.”
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23, 2024
Contact: Jenna Thompson, 949.246.1620, [email protected]