UPDATED: CVS Pharmacist: dies on the job from Cardiac MI – forced to wait for relief pharmacist to show up

You can find this at Scottsburg, Indiana I-65 North bound exit

DEATH at CVS

https://pharmacistactivist.com/2021/November_2021.shtml

Ashleigh M. Anderson

Pharmacist Ashleigh Anderson died on September 10, 2021. I did not know her but almost feel like I did from the loving and kind tributes of her family, friends, and colleagues that are posted on the website of the funeral home (Soller-Baker in Lafayette, Indiana). I extend my heartfelt sympathy to her family.

Ashleigh was employed at a CVS store in Indiana. While working at CVS on September 10 she felt ill and considered it necessary to leave. She contacted her supervisor who, according to several individuals, responded that she needed to stay at the store for up to 2 hours until a covering pharmacist arrived. One pharmacist informed me that “she was threatened with job abandonment” if she left before then. Before another pharmacist could arrive, she collapsed in the store. Ashleigh Anderson was 41.

I have complete confidence in the information that several pharmacists have provided me. I have attempted to contact CVS corporate headquarters and have left multiple voicemail messages to obtain information about this tragedy and to determine if the company is establishing a memorial fund and/or other tribute to honor Ashleigh. There has been no response. Some allege that CVS does everything possible to suppress news that would result in criticism and questions.

Many individuals provide me with social media postings in which they believe I would be interested, and I appreciate their doing that. Many of the comments are accolades for Ashleigh, the joy derived from working with her, and expressions of grief following her death. Other postings direct anger and outrage at CVS, with the following being just several examples.

“CVS has been killing its patients for years! Now they are apparently killing the staff too?”

“Every time I see the red heart logo, all I can think about is Ashleigh Anderson.”

This tragic situation demands answers and actions including:

  1. A police investigation;
  2. A state board of pharmacy investigation that includes a review of CVS policies and quotas/metrics pharmacists are expected to meet and criteria for determining hours of staffing;
  3. The establishment of a policy by CVS that authorizes pharmacists or other employees who feel ill at work to leave immediately, even if the store must be temporarily closed.
  4. The disclosure of the name of the CVS supervisor who “discouraged” Ashleigh from quickly leaving the pharmacy, and the names of the CVS personnel in the administrative hierarchy above the supervisor up to the CEO;
  5. The establishment by the Indiana and American Pharmacists Associations of a memorial fund in honor of Ashleigh Anderson that would support efforts to protect the well-being of pharmacists and improve workplace conditions.

On the same day as I am writing this commentary, I received in the mail a large postcard from CVS Health to inform me that “We’re hiring pharmacists at CVS Pharmacy stores in Pennsylvania.” It continues: “Do you have a passion for helping patients navigate their health care journey? We do! Join our pharmacists as they bring their heart to patients and local communities.” I accessed the website identified (cvs.jobs/pharmacists) to learn more. I urge CVS pharmacists to review this information to confirm that your experience matches the description. Is this false advertising? We can’t continue to tolerate dangerous working conditions, and we can’t be silent! If it is important that you not be identified as the source of information, make your concerns known to me or others you trust to assure your confidentiality.

Daniel A. Hussar
danandsue3@verizon.net

20 Responses

  1. Dear Anonymous . An emergent medical episode requires immediate attention. Assume, inter alia,
    that it was vaccine related. Does that change the duty of her employer to assist her in her moment of need? Would CVS not assist a valued customer in the same dire straits? Do you grasp the true issue here. Or are you a CVS corporate shill?

    PG

  2. I’m late to the article here, but why didn’t her co-workers call 911 and get an ambulance there?

  3. […] UPDATED: CVS Pharmacist: dies on the job from Cardiac MI – forced to wait for relief pharmacist to s… […]

  4. Hmmmm, her father’s story seems to be different from this original blog post…….

  5. What happened with Ashleigh is horrific!!! Her last hours on Earth with no compassion from her employer for not feeling well. What kind of country are we living in when Corporate has created a concentration camp ok’ed by politicians just so they get re-elected and paid back in all kinds of ways. Like my best friend keeps saying, these companies are not only not giving to find any decent employees, there are going to stir up a riot of civil unrest for things just like this unnecessary mortality.

  6. Worked for Walgreens for over 3 1/2 years. They canned me because I refused to do immunizations. I will never work for another chain, in fact, I’m getting out of this profession this year. I can’t take it any more. Currently work in an industrial setting where we have check at least 3,200 Rx’s a shift (8 hours) among other things we’re squeezed to do. These companies have zero moral integrity and their only focus is on the money caring less about your humanity. They are all gross.

  7. Ashleigh was having chest pains and thought she was having a heart attack. She told her scheduler and the scheduler told her to lock down the pharmacy and go. She called her boyfriend who was an hour away and said she would meet him at the ER. I don’t know why she stayed but I do know that Ashleigh had a passion for her customers and her staff. I suspect she was concerned that she was 41 years old with no history of heart problems and only two weeks from her last annual checkup. I suspect that she worried that she might close the pharmacy and go to the ER only to find she was suffering from a panic attack or other non heart issue. I suspect that, in the CVS corporate world of quotas, mandates and unrelenting stress, she worried about the consequences if her condition was not serious. I know, without knowing, that she knew she was having a heart attack and that she allowed her environment to talk her out of it.

    Ashleigh was 41 years old but she was still my little girl-will always be my little girl.

    Her Dad

    • Thank you sir for sharing more of your daughter with us. My husband experienced retaliation at the hands of CVS that harmed his health immensely. My heartfelt condolences to you and Ashleigh’s loved ones.

    • Mr Anderson, I am so very sorry for your loss of your precious daughter. I agree with Paul, thank you for commenting and telling us more about her, your little girl. Her story is forever written on so many of our hearts. You explain what pharmacist everywhere do every day:
      “she knew she was having a heart attack and that she allowed her environment to talk her out of it”
      I needed to hear that comment Mr Anderson – so many of us do.

  8. CVS or any other retail pharmacy treats employees as slaves.. they call and ask the pharmacist to come and work on their off days with very short notices. They expect pharmacist to stay over time giving very very less technician help and pharmacist will never get paid for the extra hours. They wont consider that Pharmacist stress levels as they have to take care of actual pharmacist work and additional tasks like drive -trus, billing counter work, cleaning and what not.. They are barely providing Tech help for pharmacists and on top of it every week they put lot of pressure with scores for each store and this drags to hell..

    Wish we could sue CVS pharmacy

  9. CVS sucks. Do not shop at this horrible establishment. They don’t give a dam about anyone, only there profits

  10. My fiancé works for cvs as a pharmacist and she works 13 hour days with no breaks no time to eat or even 5 mins to use the bathroom. She rarely has overlap and they even want her to work all day on Christmas! CVS work policy is horrible. She’s just to nice to complain and just does the work cause she gets paid well so she says that’s what she has to put up with but I highly disagree. They’re hiring more because they can’t keep them.

  11. Walgreens has been mistreating pharmacy staff for years due to under staffing and increased workloads

  12. Did she get vaccinated twice? History of heart or clotting issues? Timeline of jab to illness? Was she on the Pill? No one asks the journalistic questions in the present time….

    • Since this happened in SEPTEMBER… there was no boosters being given yet… it is reported that she was not feeling well, but when she contacted her district manager for a “relief pharmacist” .. she was told that it could take up to two hrs for someone to replace her and it was reported that she was told that her job was at risk if she closed the Rx dept and went to the hospital – and reportedly threaten with abandonment of the pharmacy if she did not wait until a relief pharmacist arrived. Apparently CVS was more concerned about the potential loss of revenue if this pharmacist went to the emergency room to address her health concerns… so not only did she lose her job… she lost her life – at 41.

    • Your journalistic questions are of no meaning. If someone does not feel well, he/she has the right to seek medical attention.

      National Pharmacist Union is needed to improve working conditions

    • She didn’t die of COVID- so how is this relevant?? She died of a heart attack

    • What does this have to do with the story?

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