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Published on Thursday, March 3, 2022

President Biden’s new "Test to Treat" initiative recognizes pharmacies, but barriers should be removed

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) made the following statement today in response to the State of the Union address on Tuesday, March 1.

“APhA appreciates President Biden highlighting the role of pharmacies and pharmacists in announcing the new ‘Test to Treat’ initiative for COVID-19, which includes select pharmacies with on-site health clinics to act as a one-stop shop for patients.

“Although we are pleased the administration recognizes the access and care pharmacies provide, we are disappointed that the current plan is narrow and does not enable any willing and able pharmacy to be a ‘test to treat’ pharmacy through this initiative. We hope to see this program expand as the supply of COVID-19 oral antivirals increases, thereby allowing more pharmacies to participate, providing broader access to care.

“APhA will continue to work with the federal government to reduce barriers that prevent pharmacists from prescribing and being appropriately reimbursed for these products as well as to unleash the power of our nation’s pharmacists to provide this needed care, particularly in underserved communities.”

About APhA

APhA is the only organization advancing the entire pharmacy profession. Our expert staff and strong volunteer leadership, including many experienced pharmacists, allow us to deliver vital leadership to help pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians find success and satisfaction in their work and advocate for changes that benefit them, their patients, and their communities. For more information, please visit www.pharmacist.com.

 

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