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APhA Creates COVID-19 Training Programs and Resources for Pharmacists
Training Series Focuses on Administering Tests and Providing Education WASHINGTON, DC – Pharmacists are tireless responders on the front lines of health care as our nation faces the COVID-19 pandemic. To assist them in staying safe and up to date with the latest research and practice guidance, the…
Mar 31, 2020 Press Release
APhA coronavirus watch: DEA says schedule II prescriptions by phone are OK in emergencies
Rachel Balick, reporter
There are conditions that govern whether a pharmacist can dispense a by-phone prescription. Oral prescriptions must be limited to only the adequate amount the patient needs imminently. Schedule II prescriptions beyond that period are still subject to the requirement for paper or electronic…
Mar 31, 2020 Article
More Federal and State Resources on Coronavirus
Federal  CDC Cases and Latest Updates Symptoms Infographics: Symptoms and Stop the Spread of Germs CMS Blog: “Medicare Now Covers Coronavirus Testing” DEA COVID-19 Exception to Regulations: Emergency CII Prescription (March 27) "Registrant Guidance on…
Mar 24, 2020 Basic page
Protect yourselves and your patients from bogus COVID-19 cures, test kits, and PPE
Thomas E. Menighan, BSPharm, MBA, ScD (Hon), FAPhA APhA Executive Vice President and CEO 
Here’s an understatement: Buyer beware! We’re getting reports of scams, counterfeit products, and bogus personal protection equipment (PPE) being offered online and through various channels. Some even falsely claim they’ve received FDA certification. LegitScript broke down some of the scams in an…
Mar 31, 2020 Blog
Global and Other Resources on Coronavirus
For more information, read these global, association, and other resources on coronavirus. Global  FIP Website: Coronavirus/COVID-19 Preparedness  Clinical Information and Treatment Guidelines (March 26) Guidelines for Pharmacists and the Pharmacy Workforce (March…
Feb 27, 2020 Basic page
APhA and other groups respond to PCMA brief in PBM Supreme Court case
Aina Abell, assistant editor
PCMA argues that Act 900, the Arkansas law in question that sought to regulate PBM practices in the state, is preempted by the Employee Retirement and Income Security Act (ERISA) of 1974. PCMA contends therefore that states cannot regulate PBMs. In a statement, PCMA claimed that federal preemption…
Mar 31, 2020 Article
Finding success in your 2020 goals
Bethany Sibbitt, PharmD, is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Cedarville University School of Pharmacy and an Oncology Pharmacist at Kettering Cancer Center in Kettering, OH. She combats burnout through baking, running, and game nights with friends. 
New Year’s Day 2020 ushered in another chorus of well-meaning “New Year, New Me” mantras. However, most of us are keenly aware that by March, we all too often fall into the “New Year, Same Me” pattern. What happened to all of those impassioned changes we wanted to make in January? In school, most…
Mar 23, 2020 Publication Transitions
New Practitioners come together via the APhA Local Initiative
Lauren Bode, PharmD, BCPS, is Chair of the 2019–20 APhA New Practitioner Network Member Engagement Standing Committee; Bethany Sibbitt, PharmD, is Chair of the 2019–20 APhA New Practitioner Network Member Communications Standing Committee; and Morgan Payne, PharmD, BCACP, was a member of the 2018–19 APhA New Practitioner Network Member Engagement Standing Committee. 
When the 2019–20 APhA New Practitioner Network Member Engagement Standing Committee met at the beginning of its term, we started off by discussing the organization each of us had come to rely on so much for our professional development (aka learning and growing), creation of a broader professional…
Mar 23, 2020 Publication Transitions
COVID-19 Training Evaluators
Pharmacists Needed in COVID-19 Testing Are you a pharmacist trained to evaluate learners for nasopharyngeal testing and use of PPE? To meet our nation’s need for rapidly expanded testing for COVID-19 infection, we are working with partners on standing up large testing sites. We need qualified…
Mar 31, 2020 Basic page
APhA coronavirus watch: Inappropriate prescribing poses dilemma for pharmacists
Rachel Balick, reporter
Boards and associations speak out State governments and boards of pharmacy in Idaho, Kentucky, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas, with more considering policy, have taken action against inappropriate prescribing and hoarding, specifying that prescriptions must meet certain…
Mar 31, 2020 Article