CDC Updates Guidance for Pharmacies and Pharmacists

The CDC has updated its guidance for pharmacies and pharmacy personnel.  As the CDC states: “This guidance applies to all pharmacy staff to minimize their risk of exposure to the virus and reduce the risk for customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  As a vital part of the healthcare system, pharmacies play an important role in […]

Guidance for Licensed Pharmacists, COVID-19 Testing, and Immunity Under the PREP Act

Related to the HHS announcement authorizing licensed pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 tests, pharmacists are urged to review the “Guidance for Licensed Pharmacists, COVID-19 Testing, and Immunity Under the PREP Act” document prepared by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. Read Full Guidance For NASPA’s compilation of state actions related to the […]

HHS Statements on Authorizing Licensed Pharmacists to Order and Administer COVID-19 Tests

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health has issued new guidance under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act authorizing licensed pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 tests that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized. HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement in their press release: “Giving pharmacists the authorization to […]

COVID-19 Emergency Declaration

Several days ago, the Trump Administration announced aggressive actions and regulatory flexibilities to help healthcare providers and states respond to and contain the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking several actions following President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency due to COVID-19 earlier today. […]

Pharmacists for Healthier Lives Encourages Immunization Education

The Pharmacists for Healthier Lives (PfHL) campaign has launched a new initiative aimed at educating the public about immunizations.  Especially important around back to school season, this campaign encourages everyone to get their vaccinations and learn the facts from their local pharmacist. “The new school year has once again put the issue of immunizations front […]

CDC Releases 2019-20 Flu Vaccine Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its influenza vaccine recommendations last month in the August 23 edition of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. This report reviews information about the upcoming influenza season, including: Outlining the available influenza vaccine products (Inactivated, recombinant, dosages, etc.) Changes and updates from the 2018-2019 seasons Specific group recommendations […]