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APhA coronavirus watch: Pharmacists’ role in mental health expands during COVID-19
The fragility of our mental health has never been more exposed than during the COVID-19 pandemic. Crisis hotlines have seen enormous spikes in call volumes. According to an analysis by Express Scripts, prescriptions jumped 34.1% for antianxiety medications and 18.6% for antidepressants between February 16 and March 15.
The coronavirus can be airborne indoors, WHO says
An updated scientific brief from the World Health Organization (WHO) states that the novel coronavirus may remain in the air in crowded indoor spaces, so people should "avoid crowded places, close-contact settings, and confined and enclosed spaces with poor ventilation." WHO also more strongly reaffirmed that COVID-19 may be spread by people who ar
Walgreens to open doctors' offices at its U.S. stores
Walgreens Boots Alliance is teaming up with primary-care provider VillageMD to open 500-700 clinics at Walgreens sites across the country over the next 5 years. Walgreens will pay VillageMD $1 billion in equity and debt over the next 3 years in exchange for a 30% stake in the Chicago-based startup by the end of that term.
Trump administration sends letter withdrawing U.S. from WHO
The Trump administration has notified Congress and the United Nations that the United States is formally withdrawing from the World Health Organization (WHO), a move that comes amid a rising number of coronavirus cases throughout the nation over the past week. The withdrawal goes into effect on July 6, 2021.
July 7, 2020
We know it, they know it, let’s get it done! Pharmacists must be…
The pharmacy community has fought for payment for pharmacists’ services under Medicare Part B—otherwise known as provider status—for years. Getting that message through to Congress has been painfully…0 comments
July 8, 2020
American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Call for Continued WHO Global Support and Cooperation in the Fight Against COVID-19
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) stand with front-line pharmacists around the world who are caring for patients and rely heavily on the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) during the COVID-19 global crisis. Global efforts for patient care support and access to safe and quality medical products, among other support, are essential and cannot be compromised.
June 29, 2020
Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Collaborates with American Pharmacists Association To Develop Immunization Credential Program for Pharmacy Technicians
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), the nation’s leading certifying organization for pharmacy technicians, is pleased to announce a collaboration with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) to provide pharmacy technician credentialing in immunization delivery to those completing the APhA/Washington State University Pharmacy-Based Immunization Administration by Pharmacy Technicians program.
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