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Staffing shortages aren’t just a business problem, they’re a patient safety threat

Since 2020, the healthcare industry has lost nearly half a million workers, exacerbating staffing shortages that existed prior to the start of the pandemic. One of the hardest-hit areas is the pharmacy. As of September 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected there would be 43,000 pharmacist and pharmacy technician job openings each year throughout the next decade.

Pharmacies play a central role in patient care, storing, preparing, and delivering critical medications. A slowdown or breakdown in this important function can have wide-reaching implications, as medications are the primary method for treating patients inside and outside of healthcare facilities.

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