So What is COVID-19?
The 2019 novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, is a virus strain that was newly identified at the end of 2019. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus and it has the potential to cause severe illness and death in some people. Read more.
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AMA, APhA, ASHP Issues Join Statement on Potential COVID-19 Medications
The American Medical Association, American Pharmacists Association and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists issued a joint statement denouncing actions of some physicians and others prescribing medications currently identified as potential treatments for COVID-19 (e.g.,chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin) for themselves, their families, or their colleagues; and that some pharmacies and hospitals have been purchasing excessive amounts of these medications in anticipation of potentially using them for COVID-19 prevention and treatment. Read more.
USP Updates Resource on Hand Sanitizers
In light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic and the expected shortage of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, the USP Compounding Expert Committee has offered a resource on Compounding Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer During COVID-19 Pandemic. Read more.
KPhA Guidance to Pharmacy Practitioners for Safe Practice During COVID-19 Outbreak
Pharmacies are essential to the health of Kansas residents, as timely and accurate medication delivery is foundational to the treatment of acute and chronic diseases. To best provide care to patients, we must maintain the health of pharmacy staff so that pharmacies can continue operations. Please review this information and consider adopting these strategies in your pharmacies. Read more.
COVID-19 Guidance for Pharmacies
The Kansas Pharmacists Association strongly recommends that all pharmacies take the following actions ... Read more.
COVID-19 Checklist for Pharmacies
The Kansas Pharmacists Association provides these guidelines for all member pharmacies in the state. Read more.
COVID-19 Information from Kansas Board of Pharmacy
The Kansas Board of Pharmacy has issued best practices recommendations for pharmacies, pharmacists, technicians and interns. Additionally, the board has announced its offices will be closed temporarily beginning at 3p.m. on March 20. This information is updated regularly and can be found at: https://pharmacy.ks.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/covid-19-kbop-memo.pdf?sfvrsn=fcabab01_10
ASHP Opens Resources Related to COVID-19
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) has made several valuable resources available related to COVID-19. They have opened up to non-members many evidence-based resources and tools relevant to the pandemic, which are now accessible to all healthcare professionals who need them. Read more.
FDA Issues Policy for Temporary Compounding of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products
Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Food and Drug Administration has received a number of queries concerning compounding of alcohol-based hand sanitizers and has issued guidance to communicate its policy for the temporary compounding of certain alcohol-based hand sanitizer products by pharmacists. Read more.
KPhA Offers Tips for Pharmacies Regarding the Coronavirus
As COVID-19 progresses through the United States, including recent developments in Kansas, the Kansas Pharmacists Association thought it timely to send out the following reminders and suggestions. Read more.
KDEM Seeks Information from Businesses Suffering Economic Injury
The Department of Commerce is working closely with the Kansas Department of Emergency Management (KDEM) to complete the required steps for requesting an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Declaration. Read more.
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Relief Pharmacy Support Help
Is your pharmacy facing a staffing shortage due to COVID-19? KPhA is compiling lists of pharmacists, technicians and student pharmacists willing to work temporarily in various practice settings. Access the current lists (members only).
CMS Encourages Minimal Face-to-Face Contact for Medication Delivery, Dispensing
In response to the Jan. 31 declaration of a public health emergency by the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the subsequent declaration of a national emergency by the President on March 13, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance on March 20 regarding minimizing face-to-face contact for medication delivery and dispensing.
CMS encourages Part D sponsors to work with their first tier, downstream, and related entities to identify means of ensuring that medication is delivered to patients without requiring face-to-face contact, which could result in transmission of the coronavirus.
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State Price-Gouging Law Now in Effect
A Kansas law that prohibits profiteering by raising prices on items consumers find necessary because of the COVID-19 virus outbreak is in effect statewide.
The law generally prohibits unjustifiably raising prices for goods and services for which consumer demand is likely to increase because of the virus outbreak. A price increase is presumed unjustified if it exceeds by 25 percent or more the price at which the goods or services were available on March 11 or the price for which the same goods or services are available from other sellers in the trade area.
Examples of consumer goods and services governed by the anti-profiteering law include, but are not limited to, food items, sanitary and cleaning supplies such as hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes, emergency supplies, medical supplies and services, lodging, and any other property or service for which consumer demand may increase in response to the virus outbreak. The law carries a penalty of up to $10,000 per violation.
KPhA reminds pharmacy owners and managers that if they suspect any price-gouging measures happening in relation to their purchase of pharmaceutical products from wholesalers or other sources to please contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at www.InYourCornerKansas.org or call (800) 432-2310 to request a paper complaint form be sent by mail.