The purpose of continuity planning is to ensure that dispensing operations continue, that pharmacy information systems’ data remain protected and accessible, and that telecommunications to support critical organization function during and after business interruption. Interruptions can occur for various reasons, such as earthquakes, fires, flooding, hurricanes, pandemics, power loss, tornadoes, and wildfires. Devising a crisis continuity plan can enable pharmacies to continue to provide patient care, ensure staff safety, and maintain financial viability after a disaster. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and the resulting business closures brought about by the shutdown have highlighted this need to plan for all health care–related essential businesses.
Maxik K, Kimble C, & Coustasse A. Prepare the Pharmacy for the Next Crisis: A Well-Drafted Business Continuity Plan Enables Continued Operations, Mitigates Potential Risks. Directions in Health-System Pharmacy. Pharmacy Times, July, 2020; 25-26.