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Coronavirus Resources for Texas Pharmacists

Wednesday, March 11, 2020  
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As the most accessible health care providers, Texas pharmacists should be prepared to field questions from patients about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). They also need to be prepared to keep themselves safe and healthy. Learn how to protect yourself, how to protect others, and treatment.

Pharmacies should implement infection control procedures and strategies to prevent person-to-person transmission of infection. Infection control procedures including administrative rules and engineering controls, environmental hygiene, correct work practices, and appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE) are all necessary to prevent infections from spreading during healthcare delivery. Frequent, effective handwashing, use of hand sanitizer and wiping frequently touched surfaces with an EPA-approved biocide should be common practices. Communicate to patients the importance of sick patients staying home, sending a friend to the pharmacy instead, or using the drive-through when possible.

TPA is monitoring both state and federal agencies for information affecting Texas pharmacists and is in touch with Texas officials and agencies on concerns expressed by members. Following are additional resources to help pharmacy professionals:

Texas Department of State Health Services

COVID-19 in Texas

The Texas Department of State Health Services is providing regular updates about the coronavirus in the Lone Star State.

Read more from the Texas DSHS.

 Texas State Board of Pharmacy logo

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Resources

The Texas State Board of Pharmacy has published resources for pharmacy professionals, including its authorization of emergency dispensing of prescription medications, sterile compounding guidance, and policy for temporary compounding of hand sanitizer products.

Read more from TSBP.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Coronavirus Disease 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a wealth of information about what you should know, situation updates, and information tailored to specific populations.

Read more from the CDC.

The CDC also answers frequently asked questions about the coronavirus for healthcare professionals such as pharmacists.

Read the FAQs for healthcare professionals from the CDC.

DSHS COVID-19 Symptom Chart

COVID-19 Communication Toolkit

The Texas Department of State Health Services has provided a toolkit including social media graphics to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as well as printable materials for display and/or distribution to communicate key information to the public.

Download the DSHS communication toolkit.

FIP Coronavirus for Pharmacists

How Can Pharmacists Advise?

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) prepared a decision tree to help pharmacists guide patients with regard to the coronavirus.

Download the FIP chart.

FIP has also published various resources including Information and Interim Guidelines for Pharmacists and the Pharmacy Workforce.

Read more from FIP.

USP logo 

USP Compounding Resources for COVID-19

The USP Compounding Expert Committee developed the following informational resources that may be of assistance to pharmacists during this public health emergency:

USP Response to Shortages of Garb and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Sterile Compounding During COVID-19 Pandemic 

Compounding Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer During COVID-19 Pandemic

 DEA logo

DEA COVID-19 Information

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Diversion Control Division has published important guidance concerning COVID-19 and the national drug supply, electronic prescribing of controlled substances, telemedicine, medicated assisted treatment, and other important federal and state information.

Read more from the DEA.

World Health Organization logo

Q&A on Coronaviruses (COVID-19)

The World Health Organization has published a wealth of information, including regularly updated questions and answers about the coronavirus.

Read more from the WHO.

major national pharmacy associations

Additional Information

Major national pharmacy associations have published their own guides for dealing with the coronavirus.

American Pharmacists Association (APhA)

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)

National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)

National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS)

 


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