Virginia Society of Health-System Pharmacists

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  • 06/06/2020 8:50 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Additional Guidance on Transferring Medications to Mitigate Diversion

    VSHP clarified with the BOP regarding this situation. Please see below:

    If a pharmacy is in need of transferring drugs to another pharmacy to mitigate possible diversion due to emergency circumstances, it may transfer the drugs via invoice under the current waiver of the 5% allowance for a pharmacy to act as a wholesale distributor without holding a license as a wholesale distributor. 

    • Schedule II drugs must be transferred via DEA 222 form. 
    • A common carrier or pharmacist should perform the movement of the drugs. 
    • Any transfer of these drugs back to the original pharmacy location must also be done via invoice and DEA 222 form, as necessary. 
    • Pharmacies should alert the Board and the DEA local field office of this transfer.   

    DEA is finalizing guidance on this subject as well and hopes to post the information later today on its website. 

    The board will email licensees additional guidance after seeing DEA’s position in hopes of creating consistency.


    Below is copied from https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/Pharmacy/news/PharmacyCoronavirusInfoUpdate05042020.pdf

    New as of 4/28/2020: 5% Distribution Rule (§ 54.1-3435.02(A))
    Notwithstanding Virginia Code § 54.1-3435.02(A), a permitted pharmacy that fully complies with all other requirements of 21 CFR 1307.11 may distribute controlled substances beyond five percent of the gross annual sales of prescription drugs by the relevant permitted pharmacy or beyond five percent of the total dosage units of the Schedule II through V controlled substances dispensed annually by the relevant permitted pharmacy without being licensed as a wholesale distributor. This exception is in effect until the public health emergency declared by the Governor in EO51 expires or is terminated, unless the Board of Pharmacy specifies an earlier date or otherwise first modifies or withdraws this exception. All distributions made by a permitted pharmacy from January 1, 2020, until the date this exception ends will be excluded from consideration in applying the five percent wholesale distribution restrictions in § 54.1-3435.02(A).

    Natalie Nguyen, PharmD, MSHA

    VSHP Legislative Committee Chair
  • 06/06/2020 8:29 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    FREE CE for VSHP Members! 

    Webinar-Thursday, June 11, 2020 – 7:00pm- 8:00 pm

    One hour of live CE

    Sponsored by VSHP Region 2

    Title:  Drug Allergy:  A Review of Antimicrobial Induced Hypersensitivities

     

    Presenter:

    Memar Ayalew, Pharm.D.

    ASP/ID Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

    Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, MD

     

    Learning Objectives:

    ·         Describe the impact of penicillin allergies on stewardship

    ·         Classify types of drug hypersensitivity reactions

    ·         Recognize clinical manifestations and onset of immunological mediated drug reactions

    ·         Review strategies for management of penicillin allergy

    ·         Discuss induction of drug tolerance and graded challenge procedures

    Virginia Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Participants of the session who complete the evaluation and provide accurate NABP e-Profile information will have their credit for 1.0 contact hours (0.10 CEU) submitted to CPE Monitor as early as 1 days after the event and no later than 60 days after the event.  The participant is accountable for verifying the accurate posting of CE credit to their CPE Monitor account within 60 days. 

    UAN # 0108-0000-20-038-L01-P; 0108-0000-20-038-L01-T

    This is a member service of VSHP.  There is no charge for members to attend.  Dues must be current to receive CE credit.

    Non-members will be charged $20.

    Members:
    To register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_w91xM260RXGmW7I5emL1iw

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

  • 05/28/2020 11:27 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    FREE CE for VSHP Members! 

    Webinar-Wednesday, June 3, 2020 – 7:00pm- 8:00 pm

    One hour of live CE

    Sponsored by VSHP Region 2

    Title:  Optimizing Medication Safety Among Culturally Diverse Patients

     

    Presenter:

    Nkem Nonyel, Pharm.D., MPH, BCPS

    Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice

    UMES School of Pharmacy

     

    Learning Objectives:

    • ·         Explain at least two medication safety issues among culturally diverse patient populations.
    • ·         Describe at least two strategies for promoting medication safety among patients form diverse cultural backgrounds.
    • ·         Given a case scenario with patient-related cultural variables, provide patient education to optimize medication safety.-Characterize postpartum depression and its impact

    Virginia Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Participants of the session who complete the evaluation and provide accurate NABP e-Profile information will have their credit for 1.0 contact hours (0.10 CEU) submitted to CPE Monitor as early as 1 days after the event and no later than 60 days after the event.  The participant is accountable for verifying the accurate posting of CE credit to their CPE Monitor account within 60 days. 

    UAN # 0108-0000-20-030-L05-P; 0108-0000-20-030-L05-T

    This is a member service of VSHP.  There is no charge for members to attend.  Dues must be current to receive CE credit.

    Non-members will be charged $20.

    Members:
    To register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4kmnB6JESbyN4fgGAWdDLg

     


    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

  • 05/26/2020 1:09 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    VSHP is a member-driven organization and as such our success is dependent on meeting the diverse needs of our colleagues practicing in various settings across the state. The VSHP Board of Directors would like to solicit your ideas and opinions on current programming offered by VSHP as well as identify new opportunities to enhance the organization’s value to our membership.   

    Below is a link to a member survey which is designed to help us better understand your needs.  Please visit the link below.

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L7SXJY2

    Please take a few minutes of your time to provide us with this important input.  

    We kindly request your response by  June 5, 2020.   The first 50 members to complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card.

    Thank you for your participation and your support of VSHP

  • 05/20/2020 7:52 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    The Office of the General Counsel at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued an advisory opinion stating that HHS's guidance authorizing pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 tests pursuant to the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act supersedes any state law that would prohibit pharmacists from ordering tests.


    Specifically, the advisory opinion refers to utilizing a "qualified person" for COVID-19 response. HHS Secretary Alex Azar declared pharmacists to be a "qualified person" for the purposes of ordering and administering COVID-19 tests on April 8.

  • 05/20/2020 9:57 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    VSHP Election Results

    New Officers will be installed on June 19

     

    President-elect

    Craig Kirkwood

     

    Secretary

    Natalie Nguyen

     

    Board member at large

    Scott Lang

     

    Technician Rep

    Leah West

     

    Region 1 President-elect

    Donna Shuler Truoccolo

     

    Region 2- President-elect

    Caitlin Prather

     

    Region 3 President-elect

    Jonathan Dubyk

     

    Region 4 President-elect

    Erin Hickey

     

    Region 5 President

    Sarah Ladd

     

    Region 7 President

    Amber Weisner

     

    Region 8 President

    June Javier

     

    Region 8 President-elect

    Anna Donnis

  • 05/19/2020 7:45 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Attached is the recap of the May 18th Board of Pharmacy meeting.

    VSHP Board of Pharmacy Update 05.18.pdf

    Providing updates on the Board of Pharmacy is a member service of VSHP.

  • 05/18/2020 3:20 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    FREE CE for VSHP Members! 

    Webinar-Thursday, June 18, 2020 – 12:00pm- 1:00 pm

    Title:  A Tale of Two Antivenins

    Presenter:

    Lorrie LeClair, PharmD, BCPS

    Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Emergency Medicine

    Inova Fairfax Medical Campus

    Learning Objectives-Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians:

    1. Identify basic first-aid and wound management principles that should be applied to all patients with snakebites.

    2. Compare and contrast characteristics and venom profiles of common venomous snakes found in the United States.

    3. Describe differences between the two antivenins currently available in the United States.

    Virginia Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Participants of the session who complete the evaluation and provide accurate NABP e-Profile information will have their credit for 1.0 contact hours (0.10 CEU) submitted to CPE Monitor as early as 1 day after the event and no later than 60 days after the event.  The participant is accountable for verifying the accurate posting of CE credit to their CPE Monitor account within 60 days. 

    UAN # 0108-0000-20-029-L01-P; 0108-0000-20-029-L01-T

    This is a member service of VSHP.  There is no charge for members to attend.  Dues must be current to receive CE credit.

    Non-members will be charged $20.

    Members:
    To register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mEFhxwM_Ri61B0Ej8FRJog

     

     


    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

  • 05/18/2020 2:42 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Welcome!

    Shenandoah University SVSHP organization-New Officers for 2020-2021 :

     

    President: Paige MacWilliams

    President-Elect: Casey Coburn

     

    Vice President

       - Fairfax: Sidrah Alam

       - Winchester: Brittany Wenzel

  • 05/11/2020 4:57 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    As we approach graduation season, we want to make sure that we keep in touch with our student members especially those that are transitioning from being a student.  

    We would like you help in updating your membership records with us especially your email address.  This would be a good opportunity to change from a school email to your personal email address.

    You can do this quickly by clicking on the link below:

    https://vshp.wildapricot.org/Sys/Profile

    Then login using your email address and password.  Click on edit profile and make any changes needed.

    Or you are welcome to email contact@vshp.org with your changes and we will be happy to do this for you.

    Please help us stay in touch with you.

VSHP Members,

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.

https://www.criticalpoint.info/

 

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.

https://www.usp.org/sites/default/files/usp/document/about/public-policy/usp-covid19-handrub.pdf

 

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.

 

Thank you,

VSHP Executive Committee

3/18/2020

Virginia Board of Pharmacy

Important COVID-19 Information


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.  Click here to access the information.

Questions may be directed to pharmbd@dhp.virginia.gov.

3/16/2020

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.”

1/25/2020

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