Investing.com – Publicly leaked emails from management at CVS, the largest US pharmacy chain, sparked a sensational public response as pharmacy staff were found to be advised not to tell patients that their prescriptions were being written by employees who tested positive for COVID. 19, writes Business Insider.
A Georgia-based company technician told the publication that pharmacy workers in one of the counties were threatened with disciplinary action or even fired if they told customers that they had COVID-19. He presented a message sent out by the leadership of one of the regional divisions, where employees were asked to track which prescriptions an employee infected with the coronavirus was writing, and then remove them from the shelves. If the patient had already received his prescription from such an employee, then the standard recommendation was not to call support.
Another 14 employees across the country, also on condition of anonymity, confessed that CVS management has a habit of intimidating its staff and grossly neglecting the safety and health of customers and employees, ignoring the coronavirus infection.
At the same time, the official representative of the pharmaceutical company Michael DeAngelis, commenting on these messages, said: “We do not prohibit our pharmacies to inform patients if they received their prescriptions from employees who have tested positive for COVID-19.”
According to him, the company allows employees who have been in contact with infected persons to be at work, as well as those who have not tested positive for COVID-19, if they do not have any symptoms, they wear protective masks, and independently control themselves. and the temperature is measured before and after each shift for 14 days after possible infection.
His statement to allow pharmacies to request quarantine leave if they came into contact with a colleague who tested positive is completely at odds with the revelations shared by the same Georgia CVS technician.
According to his report, those employees who developed symptoms of coronavirus infection and tested positive after contact with an infected colleague were instructed not to get tested, as the management “could not afford to leave people without work.”
However, such a “mutual guarantee” becomes commonplace when employers prohibit workers from telling about the detection of COVID-19 in them, intimidate them with punishment or dismissal for informing clients about this in the workplace, the newspaper notes.
“In many places, the cause of the pandemic is human exposure in their workplace,” David Michaels, an epidemiologist and professor at George Washington University, told Bloomberg.
CVS shares were down for three days in a row, losing nearly 3% at the close of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday.
– In the preparation materials from Business Insider