Andrew Hanna Explains How COVID-19 Has Affected the Pharmacy Industry — Harcourt Health

Andrew Hanna, a practicing pharmacist from Ontario, explains the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has affected his profession.

Since the first outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in China, the disease has come to dominate world medical care. Over 9,000 Canadians have died of COVID-19 as of September 2020, over 2,800 being Ontario residents. The coronavirus pandemic has had even more impact in other countries like the United States, where over 200,000 people died of the disease as of September 2020.

Origins of COVID in Canada

Pharmacies and COVID

Pharmacies have provided community education as well as prescription and over-the-counter treatments for patients with COVID. They have also been resources for the community when they have questions about safety.

Pharmacies have stocked the newly crucial items including PPE or personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer, infra-red thermometers, and contract tracing mobile applications. Some pharmacies are also able to administer rapid COVID tests, enabling patients to have a quicker response to their illness or a faster negative test to help them resume their normal lives.

Pharmacies and Lockdowns

Demand for certain over-the-counter items has increased dramatically during the COVID pandemic. Hand sanitizer, masks, immune-boosting supplements, and forehead thermometers have become difficult to keep in stock. Pharmacies have needed to institute item limits in order to preserve their stocks for as many local residents as possible. These restrictions have made some residents frustrated, leaving pharmacists to bear the brunt of their displeasure.



The New Normal

When the vaccine is available, community pharmacies will take on a crucial role when it comes to administering it. This could put serious pressure on the staff at local pharmacies. Pharmacies may hire more qualified professionals as well as pharmacy technicians to help meet the demand for vaccine distribution.

Drug Shortages

Effects on Pharmacists Themselves

The Importance of Pharmacies

Originally published at on October 15, 2020.

I am a certified compounding pharmacist and the founder of the pharmacy Cotton Mill Pharmacy, a specialty pharmacy that compounds prescriptions for clients.