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APhA: President-Elect Biden’s COVID plan is a strong start to rescue the country from the pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – Statement of Scott J. Knoer, executive vice president and CEO of the American Pharmacists Association:

“President-Elect Biden’s plan to address COVID-19 is a strong start to rescue the country from the pandemic. It not only allocates billions of dollars to launch a sweeping national plan for vaccination and testing, it also invests in public health workers for outreach and contact tracing, addresses health disparities, protects residents of long term care facilities and workers in essential industries, and proposes billions for the administration of the vaccines.

APhA Statement Following Emergency Use Authorization of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

WASHINGTON, DC -- Statement from Scott J. Knoer, MS, PharmD, FASHP, executive vice president and CEO of the American Pharmacists Association, upon the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to authorize emergency use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine:

“With the FDA’s action today, pharmacists are again prepared to step forward and serve as essential health care providers in the historic effort to control and end this pandemic.

Pharmacy Organizations Welcome FDA Authorization of COVID Vaccine: “We Stand Ready to Serve”

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The leaders of 18 pharmacy organizations today issued the following statement following the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the first Emergency Use Authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

“We heartily welcome the decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize the emergency use of the first COVID-19 vaccine, following the recommendation of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC). 

“This is a historic moment in the nation’s effort to end the pandemic. The pharmacy profession is ready to do its part as qualified, active participants in administering these vaccines in accordance with guidance issued by the FDA, CDC, HHS and state and local health departments, as well as increasing access for the American public to these important disease prevention tools.

American Pharmacists Association Hails Supreme Court Ruling on Pharmacy Benefit Managers

The American Pharmacists Association today hailed the unanimous decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the right of Arkansas to regulate pharmacy benefit management (PBM) companies.

“This is a great day for pharmacists and their patients,” said Scott J. Knoer, executive vice president and CEO of the American Pharmacists Association. “For years, PBMs have threatened the sacrosanct relationship between pharmacists and their patients and have never been forced to answer to any authority for their actions. This opinion redresses that imbalance and returns the power to protect the interests of patients to the states and other local authorities, where it belongs.”