'Pharmageddon' And The Future Of Retail Pharmacies : 1A Pharmacists say they're overworked and understaffed and have been for years. So they planned a "Pharmageddon" – three days of nationwide walkouts at CVS and Walgreens. The walkouts come after protests from pharmacy workers at Walgreens last month, and multiple walkouts at CVS stores in Kansas City.

Although complaints have been ongoing, the scale of the walkouts was difficult to confirm. And change has been hard to come by.

Pharmacy worker complaints come as big box retailers face other struggles. Last month, Rite Aid filed for bankruptcy. CVS, RiteAid, and Walgreens locations have been closing stores across the country.

We discuss the state of retail pharmacies today, and what these shakeups mean for the communities relying on them.

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'Pharmageddon' And The Future Of Retail Pharmacies

'Pharmageddon' And The Future Of Retail Pharmacies

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Pharmacists say they're overworked and understaffed and have been for years. So they planned"Pharmageddon" – three days of nationwide walkouts at CVS and Walgreens. The walkouts come after protests from pharmacy workers at Walgreens last month, and multiple walkouts at CVS stores in Kansas City.

Although complaints have been ongoing, the scale of the walkouts was difficult to confirm. And change has been hard to come by.

Pharmacy worker complaints come as big box retailers face other struggles. Last month, Rite Aid filed for bankruptcy. CVS, RiteAid, and Walgreens locations have been closing stores across the country.

Between overworked pharmacists and large-scale closures, what's the state of retail pharmacies today? And what do these shakeups mean for communities who rely on them?

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