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As patients continue to look for ways to stay healthy during the pandemic, many Americans have become increasingly interested in nutritional supplements, such as over the counter vitamins and minerals, as a means to prevent coronavirus infection. With an increased spotlight on nutrition and wellness, community pharmacists have the opportunity to guide those interested in preventive measures to ensure safe and effective outcomes.
As community pharmacists continue frontline efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic, direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees continue to pose substantial financial risk to pharmacies across the nation. Long have these varying and expansive costs burdened independent pharmacists, only exacerbated by the operational challenges presented by the onset of the coronavirus.
COVID-19 testing has been a hot topic for discussion – it’s a key marker of our country’s ability to manage the crisis, understand the spread of the virus, and in guides us in providing guidance for reopening measures. Today, we’re highlighting where we stand with COVID-19 testing in the U.S., as well as the latest recommendations for who should be tested.
Join our special guest, Jonathan Marquess, as we discuss his experience testing for coronavirus at two of his pharmacy locations. We’ll dig into the logistics of hosting a testing clinic and what it means for your staff and for your business. Dr. Marquess also provides key insights into how COVID-19 is shaping the future of pharmacy and the rest of 2020.
In our 6th episode of the PharmacyNow podcast, our host Scott Vondeylen sits down with Jonathan Marquess PharmD, owner of multiple community pharmacies throughout the state of Georgia, to discuss the the logistics of hosting a COVID-19 testing clinic within the pharmacy, the criticality of flu shots in 2020, and the future of pharmacy following the pandemic.
Proven MedWise platform expands to community pharmacists with personalized medication safety solutions for customized care and improved outcomes
We talk a lot about the critical role community pharmacists play in maintaining the health of our country. Health Care Risk Management Week is yet another opportunity to show our appreciation for the tremendous sacrifice and hard work pharmacists and pharmacy staff have made to keep communities safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Since the onset of the coronavirus, patients have been subject to many challenges, including barriers to proper medication adherence.
New HHS guidance issued on May 19, 2020, overrides all state and local rules preventing pharmacists from administering COVID-19 diagnostic tests. This announcement paves the way for pharmacists nationwide to administer COVID-19 tests, further bolstering the role pharmacy plays in increasing access to health and fulfilling another critical step towards curbing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Continuing to offer vaccines during COVID-19 is one way to contribute to the long-term health of your community as we face the pandemic in the United States. Right now it may seem difficult to look too far ahead, but recent guidance from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) may help you consider how you can support vaccinations in your community.
As a collective group of like-minded, yet diverse individuals, we recognize that our strengths are rooted in our differences. Through the varying experiences and perspectives of our valued team members, PrescribeWellness is able to offer personal support to our valued community pharmacy partners. In pursuit of our mission to inspire collaboration for better health, we continue to use our collective voice to elevate the role of pharmacist.
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