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Disaster Pharmacy Assistance

Pharmacy Professionals Volunteer Interest

(posted 9-7-2017)

Pharmacy volunteers are urgently needed at NRG Center shelter in Houston to help with pharmacy services for evacuees. Please consider volunteering your time! View needs and sign up here: https://docs.google.com/…/1x8Y-NQvhC4y3-vi4zOwL4qbLwz…/edit…


Project HOPE is currently responding to Hurricane Harvey and we have an urgent need for pharmacists. View the open recruitment announcement available here: http://www.projecthope.org/get-involved/volunteer/. There is an urgent need for the following: Family Physicians, Internal Medicine Physicians, RNs, and Pharmacists available to deploy as soon as possible. Project HOPE will cover all travel expenses related to the deployment for interested volunteers.


The Texas Disaster Volunteer Registry at texasdisastervolunteerregistry.org allows volunteer health professionals and lay volunteers wishing to support medical preparedness and response to register as a responder with participating organizations to provide services during a disaster or public health emergency.


Healthcare Ready is coordinating directly with some organizations to supply trained health care professional volunteers. Email Alerts@HealthcareReady.org if you are a trained health care professional and interested in volunteering, so your information can be shared with organizations that need a pharmacist.

 

CDC information for Interim Immunization Recommendations for Individuals Displaced by a Disaster

(posted 9-8-2017)
CDC has immunization recommendations to ensure that children, adolescents, and adults are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases.  Immunization records are unlikely to be available for a large number of adult and child evacuees. It is important that immunizations are kept current, if possible, and efforts are made to reduce the likelihood of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases in large crowded group settings.

 

Surescripts and Allscripts Join Forces to Make Patient Medication History Data Available to Pharmacists in The Wake Of Hurricane Harvey

(posted 9-8-2017)

In the wake of the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey, Surescripts and Allscripts (NASDAQ:MDRX) are collaborating to provide free access to patient-specific medication history data for pharmacists in Texas and Louisiana for a limited time. Pharmacists interested in utilizing the service should visit www.surescripts.com/harvey for instructions on how to become authorized to access the Allscripts application through which they can then obtain patient consent to see a 12-month view of a patient’s medication history. Prescribers who do not already utilize medication history data through their electronic health record (EHR) software can also download the free, cloud-based application to gain access.

 

Emergency Shelters

(posted 9-8-2017)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is opening shelters across Texas for residents displaced by Harvey.

Patient Prescription Assistance

(posted 9-8-2017)
Patients taking Pfizer-branded products who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey may be eligible for prescription assistance. More information on the Pfizer RxPathways website or by calling 1-844-989-PATH (7284).

Coordination of Supply Donations

(posted 9-1-2017)
Healthcare Ready is helping route and coordinate supply donations.  If your pharmacy has a health care supply need OR your pharmacy is able to donate supplies, please email Alerts@HealthcareReady.org. Requests so far include oxygen concentrators, insulin, syringes, and other medical supplies.


Insulin Storage and Switching Information

(posted 9-1-2017)
Information regarding insulin storage and switching between products in an emergency is available from the FDA.  This includes patients who need to switch from an insulin pump to injections.

Medicare Advantage and Part D Plans Information

(posted 9-1-2017)
Medicare Advantage and Part D plans are required to ensure enrollees have access to prescription drugs during an emergency. People who evacuated without their medications should be able to obtain a full-quantity, early refill at any pharmacy. This includes non-network pharmacies if the enrollee cannot reasonably be expected to obtain prescriptions at a network pharmacy. Refer to section Prescription Drug Benefit Manual Chapter 5, Section 50.12 if asked for documentation of this requirement.

Temporary Pharmacist and Technician Licenses

(posted 9-1-2017)
Governor Abbott has requested that the Board work with pharmacists to expedite the issuance of temporary licenses for out-of-state licensed pharmacists or technicians who are needed by Texas pharmacies to aid in the Texas Disaster Recovery effort. If you are from another state, you may apply for a temporary pharmacist license or temporary technician registration. The temporary license will allow you to work for a period up to 6 months. To learn more and begin the application, visit the Texas State Board of Pharmacy.

Information on Temporary Remote Pharmacies

(posted 9-1-2017)
Any pharmacy establishing a remote location to provide prescription dispensing services on an emergency basis should register the remote location with TSBP. Click here to begin this process. You may submit this form via Email, fax to (512) 305-8082, or by mail to the Board's address. The remote registration will be valid up to 6 months, and extensions will not be automatic. You must apply for an extension. Read Texas Pharmacy Rule §291.127 for more information regarding Emergency Remote Pharmacies. This section is located on page 210 in the 2017 Texas Pharmacy Laws and Regulations Book.

 

Pharmacies Open in Disaster Area

(posted 8-28-2017)
In case you receive a call or are asked about pharmacies that are open in Hurricane Harvey’s affected areas.  NCPDP’s Healthcare Ready's Rx Open is an interactive map that helps patients and providers find nearby open pharmacies in areas impacted by disaster. The map will be updated daily throughout the federally declared disaster. If your status is not accurate or you want to enroll your pharmacy, please send an email with your name, the name of the pharmacy, and the NCPDP or NPI number for the pharmacy to Healthcare Ready at ContactUs@HealthcareReady.org.

Emergency Preparedness "Refill Too Soon" Edit Override

(posted 8-28-2017)
Reminder: NCPDP members have approved the most effective method for overriding "refill too soon" type reject during a disaster: using the Submission Clarification Code 13—Payer-Recognized Emergency/Disaster Assistance Request. The pharmacist is indicating that an override is needed based on an emergency/disaster situation recognized by the payer. Access more information from NCPDP on Emergency Preparedness.

Emergency Dispensing in Texas

(posted 8-28-2017)
As a reminder, ALL pharmacists in Texas are authorized to dispense up to a 30-day supply of medication (other than a schedule II controlled substance) for patients affected by Hurricane Harvey.

 

Hurricane Harvey: Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster.
What should you know if you’re a pharmacist in the affected areas?

(posted 8-25-2017)

Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster in the following counties: Aransas, Austin, Bee, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Brazoria, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Live Oak, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Waller, Wharton and Wilson.


The laws and rules governing the practice of pharmacy in Texas, allow pharmacists to provide emergency refills when the prescriber cannot be reached. Specifically, in an emergency, a pharmacist may use his/her professional judgment in refilling a prescription drug order for a drug (other than a Schedule II controlled substance) provided failure to refill the prescription might result in an interruption of a therapeutic regimen or create patient suffering.

 

In the event of a natural or manmade disaster, the Texas Pharmacy Act (Sec. 562.054) and board rule 291.34 allow a pharmacist to dispense up to a 30-day supply of a prescription drug, other than a Schedule II controlled substance, without the authorization of the prescribing practitioner if:

  • failure to refill the prescription might result in an interruption of a therapeutic regimen or create patient suffering;
  • the natural or manmade disaster prohibits the pharmacist from being able to contact the practitioner;
  • the governor has declared a state of disaster under Chapter 418, Government Code; and
  • the board, through the executive director, has notified pharmacies in this state that pharmacists may dispense up to a 30-day supply of a prescription drug.

Accordingly, Gay Dodson, R.Ph., Executive Director/Secretary of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP), has authorized ALL pharmacists in Texas to dispense up to a 30-day supply of medication (other than a Schedule II controlled substance) for patients affected by Hurricane Harvey.

We are wishing our colleagues, family and friends who may be impacted by Hurricane Harvey the very best. We hope you are safe and taking all the precautions you can.


TSBP: Emergency Dispensing of Prescription Medications
(PDF link)

TSBP: Information for Pharmacies that Sustain Damage Due to Hurricane Harvey
(PDF link)

Natural Disasters and Severe Weather information from the CDC
https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/index.html

Federal Emergency Management Agency, Hurricane Harvey
https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey



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