Health care professionals are still struggling to determine exactly how the new health care law will impact their careers and their jobs, and some worry that the law could impact the supply of medicine.
“People are working so hard and they can’t get the supplies they need.
People are still working so they’re going to take care of their family,” said Barbara Schulz, a health care assistant at the Phoenix clinic where she works.
“People are getting the medications they need, but they’re not getting the supplies that they need for their families.”
Schulz said she had to take out a loan to cover the $3,500 she would need to buy her pharmacy.
Her husband, who works in the insurance industry, said he can’t afford to pay a high deductible and has struggled to pay for prescriptions because of the new law.
Schulz worries that her own pharmacy is going to be shut down because of new regulations that require doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital before prescribing medications.
She has a limited supply of the medication she needs for her patients and she said she doesn’t have enough money to pay her pharmacy bill.
“It’s kind of hard,” she said.
“It’s hard for me to be able to afford a prescription.”
In some states, pharmacies that aren’t licensed yet could still close, said John McPherson, president of the Pharmacists Association of Arizona.
The Association of American Pharmacists says it’s not uncommon for pharmacies to close for a variety of reasons.
The association is notifying customers that it will close stores and that it’s shutting down distribution centers, which will be phased out starting April 1.
It also is advising that pharmacies close their doors by Monday to make room for new pharmacy space.
The agency says there are more than 100,000 licensed pharmacists in Arizona, and the majority of them will remain open for business.
In addition, pharmacies will be required to inform patients about the changes and what they need to do in order for them to have access to the medications that they have been ordered.
The state has asked pharmacists to notify patients by email and text message about the change.
The association also has issued a warning to customers to stay home if they don’t plan on using their health insurance, and it is urging patients to get prescriptions from a pharmacist that is not a pharmacy.
It is encouraging residents to report suspicious activity in their communities by texting their location to 741-827-2727.
“This is just a very important step,” McPheyson said.
“I don’t think anybody wants to see this happen.”
The Arizona Pharmacists Alliance said in a statement that it has been working to find a pharmacy to provide the medicine that it does not have.
“The availability of these medications is not guaranteed, and we cannot provide them to the many Phoenix residents who rely on our network to make important health care decisions,” the statement said.
A spokesperson for the Arizona Health Care Association said the association is also taking steps to address the new rules, including expanding the number of pharmacies that can be licensed and opening a second location for them in Tucson.
“We have been working with our partners to determine how to best accommodate the health care needs of our patients and the increasing demand that our network faces,” said the spokesperson, Dan Saylor.
“We are also committed to continuing to expand our capacity and to ensure that we can fulfill our mission as a safe and secure pharmacy.”
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