HHS Expands Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

The Department of Health and Human Services expanded access to the COVID-19 vaccine, authorizing pharmacists to order and administer the vaccine. “This action builds upon our Administration’s progress toward delivering a safe, effective, and widely available vaccine by 2021,” said Assistant Secretary for Health ADM Brett P. Giroir, MD said in the press release “Allowing […]

HHS Expands Access to Childhood Vaccines during COVID-19 Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a third amendment to the Declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to increase access to lifesaving childhood vaccines and decrease the risk of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks as children across the United States return to daycare, preschool and school. “Today’s action […]

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. […]