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Pharmacies add freezers, train staff to handle COVID-19 vaccination drive
Supermarket pharmacies are gearing up to become major providers of COVID-19 vaccinations. Grocery stores say they are well-positioned to provide the vaccines because a large share of the population lives near one of their stores, and their pharmacies regularly offer vaccinations for other illnesses.
Shared clinical decision making important for MenB vaccines
CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has published its 2020 recommendations for meningococcal vaccination, which cover use of the three quadrivalent conjugate vaccines—meningococcal serotypes A, C, W, and Y (MenACWY)—and two available meningococcal serogroup B (MenB) vaccines. The recommendations call on shared clinical decision making for the MenB vaccine for adolescents and young adults ages 16 to 23 years and highlight the importance of these vaccines for patients at increased risk.
HHS releases drug pricing announcements, fails to address harmful DIR fees
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released three new drug pricing policies late last week. Two of the policies are based on executive orders President Trump signed in July; the last, a surprise revocation of guidances related to FDA’s Unapproved Drugs Initiative (UDI), was out of the blue. The policies’ release was announced on Friday, November 20, 2020, at a White House briefing.
Track-and-trace requirements go into effect on Friday
Starting Friday, November 27, 2020, pharmacies must buy and sell only products with a required “product identifier” on their packages. This requirement is part of the phased-in implementation of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act of 2013 (DSCSA), also known as the “track-and-trace” law. By Friday, dispensers should be familiar with this requirement and know what to do if a product identifier is not on the package when they receive products that require it. The product identifier is on most drug packages in both human-readable format and on a machine-readable 2D data matrix barcode.
November 10, 2020
My statement on the presidential election
I want to share with you my statement on the presidential election. APhA will continue to inform you on our advocacy work before and after the inauguration. The statement: “The American Pharmacists…0 comments
November 24, 2020
Pharmacy Groups Say New Rebate Rule Does Not Do Enough to Support Patients
The country’s leading pharmacy groups issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s new final rule on prescription drug rebates.
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