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Pay pharmacists for COVID-19 services to help underserved patients, make testing more accessible, groups tell Congress
Twenty-four national organizations representing patients, consumers, the medically underserved, public health advocates, physicians, and diverse health care providers sent a letter to U.S. House and Senate leaders urging the inclusion of payment for pharmacists who provide COVID-19 and flu testing and immunization in the next package of coronavirus legislation. In the letter, the groups assert that pharmacist-provided patient care services improve patient outcomes, something that is particularly important during the pandemic.
Trump signs executive order to boost U.S. production of essential medicine
President Trump has signed an executive order aimed at boosting U.S. production of medicines, medical equipment, and protective gear. "We will bring our pharmaceutical and medical supply chains home—we're going to bring them home where they belong—and we will end reliance on China," Trump said during a visit to the Whirlpool Corp.
CDC warns of the dangers of drinking hand sanitizer after fatal poisonings
CDC on Wednesday cautioned the public about the risks of drinking hand sanitizer and it warned poison control centers to be alert for cases of methanol toxicity. According to the agency, 15 people in Arizona and New Mexico were hospitalized in May and June after they swallowed alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
CDC expects 2020 outbreak of life-threatening AFM
Parents and clinicians should be on the alert for acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in children in the coming months, CDC warned Tuesday. The rare but serious neurologic condition that affects primarily children has peaked every 2 years between August and November since 2014.
To save money and lives, involve pharmacists in cardiovascular disease prevention efforts, group says
The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) released a recommendation that the health care system incorporate tailored pharmacy-based interventions for cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention into overall prevention efforts. Interventions delivered by community and health-system pharmacists is cost-effective and keeps patients adherent to their medication regimen, CPSTF found.
July 21, 2020
Chaos in pharmacy reimbursement leads to patient safety issues,…
News broke last week that the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy (OSBP) had fined four CVS pharmacies in the state for poor staffing and medication errors. This is a positive development for both the…0 comments
July 30, 2020
In Open Letter to the American Public, APhA Trustees Declare: “Simple Actions Save Lives”
Citing the continued rise in the numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, the Board of Trustees of the American Pharmacists Association today urged the American public to take the simple actions that save lives: “Wash your hands often, avoid close contact through physical distancing, and wear a face covering.”
July 28, 2020
APhA Expresses Disappointment Over Absence of Temporary Provider Status Language in HEALS Act
APhA issues statement from Scott J. Knoer, MS, PharmD, FASHP, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Pharmacists Association, following the release of the HEALS Act.
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