By now, you’ve probably heard the news about the Sunshine pharmacy in Sunland, California.
It closed its doors for good, and is no longer accepting new patients.
We’ve contacted the Sunshine chain and are awaiting an answer.
What’s going wrong?
The pharmacy was shut down due to an undisclosed “unforeseen health event.”
According to Sunshine’s Facebook page, the pharmacy had been “overcharging” customers for two years, and had been understaffed for six months.
The Sunshine Pharmacists Association, an industry trade group, filed a complaint with the state of California’s Consumer Protection Bureau last month.
We can’t imagine what Sunshine’s employees were going through.
Sunshine is a national chain that operates a network of more than 2,000 pharmacies across the United States.
The pharmacy is also the subject of a nationwide investigation by the Los Angeles Times, which found that Sunshine was overcharging customers, overstating the cost of its medications, and misleading customers.
Why the Sunshine fiasco?
The Sunshine chain opened in 2009, but in 2016 the pharmacy experienced its worst year ever, with more than a million patients in the past five years.
According to the California Pharmacy Association, Sunshine’s customers are between the ages of 16 and 50.
The Sunshine chain is part of the SoCal Pharmacy Alliance, a coalition of retailers that includes Whole Foods Market, CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, and others.
The coalition wants to end pharmacy closures, reduce patient wait times, and ensure access to prescription medication for all Californians.
The Alliance is currently working with Sunshine and other chain pharmacies to address the issues it identified.
But it’s not the only chain to experience problems with Sunshine’s pharmacy.
Some of the most popular pharmacy chains in the United Kingdom are experiencing problems with their pharmacy chains, too.
In March, the British government banned the use of Sunshine in the country.
According the Telegraph, the ban was prompted by a study showing that patients were overcharged by the Sunshine and CVS pharmacies.
“As the industry evolves, so does the need for timely access to medication, so we must always be vigilant to the quality and accuracy of data that is available,” a spokesperson for the British pharmacy chain Pharmacy UK told the Telegraph.
If you or anyone you know needs help, call the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army.
The American Red Bank also has a pharmacy in the UK.
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