SAN JUAN – The College of Pharmacists of Puerto Rico sent this Monday, a communication to Governor Pedro Pierluisi demanding that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians be included among health professionals and first responders who will receive a monetary incentive for working during the pandemic.
“The CFPR demands that both pharmacists and pharmacy technicians be included as part of the health professionals and first responders who will receive a monetary incentive for working during the pandemic. The special pay consists of a minimum of $ 2,000 per employee and is intended for nurses, police, firefighters and medical technologists. The communication does not mention pharmacists or pharmacy technicians; that have been vital in taking care of the health of Puerto Ricans during this pandemic, ”said the president of this professional organization, Dr. Giselle Rivera in written communication.
“Our registered pharmacists have been active since the pandemic began in March of last year, fully committed to their responsibility to ensure the health of the Puerto Rican people. Both community pharmacies and public and private health systems remained open despite established closures. Therefore, their commitment should be rewarded like other health professionals with this incentive. The goal of the Department of Health is to rapidly increase the population that receives the vaccine against Covid-19, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are the key professionals to promote the increase in vaccinated people in the country in less time, “he added.
“Regarding this concern, we sent a communication to the honorable Pedro Pierluisi, Governor of Puerto Rico, requesting that they include pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in this much-needed incentive for these professionals who have worked continuously since the coronavirus affected the population, leaving their families, risking their health and putting their duty first ”, emphasized the president of the CFPR.
The CFPR is a non-profit organization, which represents 3,420 pharmaceutical collegiate groups, being created by law since 1938 with the objective of ensuring the professional development and ethics of the pharmacy practice so that the best service is provided to the patient.
To stay informed about drug issues, pharmaceutical consultation, among others related to pharmacy and the profession, access the electronic portal www.cfpr.org or by calling (787) 753-7157.