Has the Role of Pharmacies Changed Due to the COVID-19 Virus?


June 18, 2020 :: Ron Hendry
Moderated by SACPA administrator

The COVID-19 virus has prompted many people to seek preventive medications with vitamins, minerals and probiotics flying off pharmacy shelves like hot cakes. Unproven and sometimes even dangerous medications have been touted as cures for this virus, some by well-known people. Such claims put pharmacists in the position of protecting us from ourselves. Some people were even hoarding medications; now all are restricted to only a 30 day supply.

The speaker, pharmacist and owner of Thriftway Pharmacy, is living this journey since pharmacies have been designated as an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic, and he will share his pre COVID-19 experiences while also elaborating on his perceptions of the role pharmacies will play in a post pandemic future.

Speaker: Ron Hendry

Ron Hendry graduated with a B. Sc. Pharmacy from the University of Alberta in 1979. He moved to Lethbridge after graduation, where he bought a home in west Lethbridge and worked for his Father in law, Doug Steed, at Thriftway Pharmacy. Doug struggled with poor health and by 1985, Ron took over the management of the store. After Doug passed away in 1990, Ron bought the store which he continues to manage with the help of two other pharmacists and a great front staff.

Date and time: Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 10 am

YouTube Live link: https://youtu.be/yIS94mAY2Y8

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