Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update

NABP and FSMB Issue Joint Statement on Inappropriate Prescribing and Dispensing of Medications Related to COVID-19 NABP and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) have issued a joint statement in response to recent reports that some health care providers are abusing prescribing and dispensing privileges during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Specifically, reports … Continued


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update

CDC Issues Updated Guidance for Pharmacies During Pandemic Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued updated guidance for pharmacies during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic to help minimize risk to staff and customers. The guidance, published on April 14, 2020, includes recommendations that: Everyone entering the pharmacy should wear a face covering, … Continued


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update

FDA Updates Guidance Documents on Compounding For Hospitalized Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated two guidance documents regarding temporary policies for compounding of hospitalized patients during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The updated guidance documents include: Temporary Policy for Compounding of Certain Drugs for Hospitalized Patients by Outsourcing … Continued


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update

Nearly 3,500 Pharmacists and Technicians Seek NABP Passport, a New Service Supporting the Association’s COVID-19 Response As of April 9, 2020, NABP has received 3,468 requests for an NABP Passport. Launched in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis, this new service supports member state boards of pharmacy in processing requests for temporary and emergency … Continued


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update

NABP Announces Accreditation Program for Home Infusion Therapy Pharmacy NABP is pleased to announce the addition of Home Infusion Therapy Pharmacy Accreditation. The addition of a Home Infusion Therapy Pharmacy Accreditation to the Association’s already robust offerings enables NABP to provide customers with the most comprehensive set of pharmacy accreditation options of any organization. Read … Continued


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update

HHS Will Relax HIPAA Rules to Facilitate Telehealth During COVID-19 Pandemic To facilitate the use of telehealth services during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, some of which may not be fully compliant with the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’s) … Continued


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update

FDA Issues Health Care Provider Information on Antibody Testing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that health care providers continue to use serological (antibody) tests intended to identify people who have been exposed to or recovered from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). FDA specifically recommended the following for health care providers: Continue to use serological … Continued


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update

FDA Clarifies Compounding Rules, Offers Flexibility to Help Ease Drug Shortages During COVID-19 Pandemic The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) noted it will use discretion in enforcing certain standards related to 503A and 503B compounding in an effort to ease drug shortages during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. During an April 30, 2020 American … Continued


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update

HHS Expands Telehealth Access In Response to COVID-19 In an effort to prevent and respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $20 million to increase telehealth access and infrastructure for health care providers and families. The funds, which are awarded through the … Continued


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update

HHS Advisory Opinion States That Pharmacies May Order and Administer COVID-19 Tests in All States As the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) fatalities in the United States climbs beyond 100,000, the US Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the General Counsel (OGC) has issued an advisory opinion that says licensed pharmacists … Continued


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