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Medicare, Medicaid will cover costs of future COVID-19 vaccine under new policy
In an official announcement on Wednesday, CMS said Medicare beneficiaries will receive any FDA-approved coronavirus vaccine for free. The new policy calls for providers to receive the vaccine at no cost and for Medicare to reimburse for the cost of administering the injection.
FDA approves lotion for nonprescription use to treat head lice
FDA approved on Tuesday a lotion to treat head lice for nonprescription use through a process known as a prescription-to-OTC switch. FDA originally approved ivermectin (Sklice—Arbor Pharmaceuticals) lotion, 0.5% for the treatment of head lice infestation in individuals aged 6 months and older as a prescription drug in 2012.
Pharmacy interns and techs who meet HHS requirements can administer childhood, COVID-19 vaccines
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released guidance that expands the immunization authorities of state-licensed pharmacy interns and “qualified” pharmacy technicians during the public health emergency. Interns and techs who meet conditions set forth by HHS will not only be allowed to administer ACIP-recommended childhood vaccines (ages 3 to 18) and FDA-authorized or licensed COVID-19 vaccines and tests (ages 3 and older)—including serology tests—but they will also be granted liability coverage for these duties during the public health emergency.
October 9, 2020
Rutledge v PCMA arguments: Thumbs up or thumbs down?
For today’s blog, I invited Ilisa Bernstein, APhA’s senior vice president for pharmacy practice and government affairs, to share her thoughts on this week’s big Supreme Court case from her…0 comments
October 30, 2020
American Pharmacists Association Applauds FDA’s List of Essential Medicines and Medical Countermeasures
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) today applauded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s publication of a list of essential medicines, medical countermeasures, and critical inputs that are medically necessary to have available at all times in adequate amounts and dosage forms to serve patient needs.
October 28, 2020
American Pharmacists Association Announces Senior Staff Promotions
“The profession of pharmacy is at a crossroads,” said Scott J. Knoer, MS, PharmD, FASHP, Executive Vice President and CEO for the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). “This realignment of staff leadership is designed to make APhA stronger and more effective in providing services to members and delivering a bigger and better future for pharmacists.”
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