As healthcare providers, we are essential personnel on the front lines of the nation and state response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to keep our members up-to-date, we have compiled the information below. Recent information includes:
Sterile Compounding Resources
1. Critical Point hosted a webinar on March 18th. The link to a recorded version and the slides will be available on Critical Point website later today or tomorrow. Also, you can register, for no charge, as a silver member of Critical Point in order to get access to additional tools.
2. USP published guidelines today related to re-use of garb used in sterile compounding during COVID-19 pandemic. It can be found at https://www.usp.org/sites/default/files/usp/document/about/public-policy/usp-covid19-garb-and-ppe.pdf
3. USP has also published guidelines related to pharmacy compounding of hand sanitizer.
4. ASHP Planning Resources:
ASHP has developed a checklist that can be utilized to assist health system pharmacy departments and leaders in comprehensive planning. https://www.ashp.org/-/media/assets/pharmacy-practice/resource-centers/Coronavirus/docs/ASHP_COVID19_AssessmentTool.ashx?la=en&hash=D4222461335FCEAB8DE30F996388232700B9543F
ASHP has also made their COVID-19 resources available to non-members.
5.In response to Governor Northam’s declared state of emergency in Executive Order Number Fifty-One (2020) regarding COVID-19 and as authorized in §54.1-3307.3 of the Code of Virginia, the Virginia Board of Pharmacy has approved emergency provisions for the duration of the declared emergency. https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/Pharmacy/news/PharmacyCoronavirusInformation3-13-2020.pdf
Please let us know additional resources that would be beneficial as we work together to continue to support our communities as essential healthcare personnel.
VSHP Executive Committee
Virginia Board of Pharmacy
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VSHP participates in ASHP Comments to CMS Regarding Scope of Practice
ASHP, in collaboration with other national pharmacy groups and their affiliates including VSHP, has submitted extensive recommendations to CMS regarding the elimination of regulations that limit pharmacists from practicing at the top of their license. CMS requested additional input and recommendations under the Oct. 3, 2019, Executive Order “Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors.”