Marissa Plescia | April 15, 2024

Two CVS stores close to CVS Health’s headquarters in Rhode Island have filed petitions to join the Pharmacy Guild, which is building a national pharmacy union, one organizer confirmed to MedCity News on Monday.

The news was first reported by USA Today. One of the CVS stores is in Wakefield, while the other is in Westerly. Both locations are 24-hour pharmacies and are about an hour from CVS Health’s headquarters in Woonsocket. Each has about five pharmacists who are severely overworked, declared Shane Jerominski, a pharmacist and co-founder of the Pharmacy Guild.

“They do close to 7,000 prescriptions a week. You would think, ‘Wait a minute, they must have an army of pharmacists to do that.’ But no, even though they’re 24 hours, they don’t have that many people,” Jerominski said in an interview. “That’s a lot of responsibility for a handful of pharmacists and a lot of patients’ lives on the line.”

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