Pharmacy workers often take the last day of their workdays with their families, but some do so without much ceremony.
When a pharmacy worker dies, what will be left for his family to take?
El EZaby pharmacy, which has been a part of the family for over 200 years, is facing a potential shutdown because of a shortage of medicines.
On Friday, a pharmacompanies vice-president, who requested anonymity, said the pharmacy’s general manager, Yves St-Laurent, was considering shutting down the pharmacy in order to accommodate the company’s medical team.
St-Laurer said the company was planning to resume operations by the end of June, but that the pharmacy would need more than $200,000 to cover the cost of a full-time pharmacist and additional staff.
“The pharmacy needs to be able to keep a full complement of employees,” St-Laurant said.
According to the Pharmacy Board of Canada, there are currently 3,000 pharmacists in Canada.
The union representing pharmacy workers, which represents about 12,000 of the countrys 5,000,000 pharmacy workers , says it is concerned about the loss of jobs.
“When a company like El EZ has an accident or a medical situation, we need to know what’s going on and we need some kind of compensation,” said Gerard Ménard, president of the National Association of Pharmacy Workers (APNB).
“There’s no doubt that the community will be really upset.”‘
We’re at the mercy of the government’The union, which is not affiliated with El EJY, says the company has been running short of medicines since July.
El Lelou, who also works as a pharmacy technician, said he has been taking medication on and off for a year.
His wife, Géraldine, said she has had two different medications in her system, both of which she was prescribed before she passed away.
But she said that she did not expect the company to shut down its pharmacy for two months.
“I don’t think we’re at any mercy of anyone,” Géroldine said.
“I feel really sad because we’re just going to go without.”
“We’re not sure how long this will be, but we’re worried about our patients, our families, our loved ones.
We’re at a loss for words.”
St-Laer said the shortage of medicine was partly caused by the recent coronavirus pandemic, which wiped out a significant portion of the stock of pharmaceuticals in the country.
“A lot of people don’t take their medicines,” he said.
“The companies have made some concessions and have been working hard to get back on the market.”
But he said the situation is dire for many of his members.
Ménard said there are not enough pharmacists for all of Canada’s pharmacies.