Pharmacy: Committed to Answering Voters Call
Alongside other heroic healthcare professionals, pharmacists and team members throughout the store are committed to meeting the escalating demands of COVID-19. This is what voters are saying about what pharmacies are doing, and what more they could be empowered to do:
say it is easy to access pharmacies – the most accessible healthcare destination tested.
agree: COVID-19 has shown that public health partners like pharmacies are important, and we need to remove barriers like some government regulations that prevent pharmacies from being utilized to the extent possible.
After learning more about the role of pharmacists,
say pharmacists should be allowed to provide tests for COVID-19, and
say pharmacists should be allowed to provide a vaccine or other medication to protect against COVID-19, when developed.
Voters are about as likely to agree that:
pharmacists have a role to play in helping patients deal with COVID-19, and
pharmacists have a role to play in helping patients address colds and flu, minor ailments, and management of chronic conditions like diabetes.
Thinking of other recommendations offered by pharmacies amid COVID-19,
support pharmacist-provided telehealth services, such as medication management;
support allowing pharmacy technicians to handle more administrative tasks so pharmacists have more time for patient-care services;
support helping pharmacists make it easier to get medications through early and emergency refills.
This poll was conducted by Morning Consult, commissioned by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, between March 26 – March 28, 2020 among a national sample of 1,995 Registered Voters. The interviews were conducted online and the data were weighted to approximate a target sample of Registered Voters based on age, educational attainment, gender, race, and region. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.