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All Things Pharmacy
May 8, 2019
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To our clients, partners, team members and friends:
We wanted to reach out and provide the latest news, some pharmacy-related tips, and words of encouragement as we all navigate this unprecedented time. COVID-19 is affecting every element of our lives, but in unity, we will persevere. Stay well. Stay safe. And don't forget to wash your hands! Thank you, from all of us at PCM.
Focus: Prevention + Treatment
Be in the Know
We can't keep comparing the coronavirus to the flu. Here's why.
Protect yourself from getting sick as states begin reopening.
Antibody tests are being developed to protect against future infections.
How much should newly authorized COVID-19 therapy cost?
Taking a mindful pause can improve mental health.
Another COVID-19 side effect: Drug shortages
Even before COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the United States’ healthcare system, the availability and price of prescription drugs were a concern for many people. This concern is growing in the aftermath of panicked stockpiling of some medications. This sudden lack of supply has caused temporary drug shortages across the country. For example, hydroxychloroquine, touted by some government officials as a coronavirus cure, is now scarce for patients with lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, two conditions the drug is proven to treat.
Similarly, recent experimental use of famotidine, the active ingredient in Pepcid, has spurred some to hoard the common heartburn drug, making it inaccessible for others. Much like toilet paper and canned goods, many of the drugs stockpiled in the early days of COVID-19 will become available as pharmacies rebuild supplies. However, some experts are warning of more long-term shortages due to restricted supplies of the raw materials used in many common drugs, especially generics.
We're all in this together
A fun, new way to spread happiness while in self-isolation.
Tips for staying connected while social distancing.
RV owners are donating their mobile homes to front-line medical workers.
Helping seniors while visits are halted.
Focus: Mentally healthy
Returning to work: What employers and employees can expect
As some states begin lifting stay-at-home restrictions and businesses begin to reopen, things may look and operate differently at your favorite boutique, gym, or restaurant. Following CDC guidelines, employers are working hard to ensure the health of their employees and customers by implementing changes such as:
1. Before beginning a shift, employees should have their temperature taken and complete a symptom assessment.
2. Social distancing should be practiced in the work place.
3. Employees should wear face masks.
4. Work areas and surfaces should be cleaned frequently.
5. Headsets and other equipment used around the face area must not be shared.
6. Employees who have potentially been exposed to COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days to limit further exposure.
7. Social distancing, increased hygiene, and other precautions have been shown to slow the spread of COVID-19. Reopening businesses is a step to a new, post-pandemic normal, but must be done with caution and in compliance with suggested health guidelines.
If you are returning to work, be careful to maintain social distancing where possible, wash your hands often, avoid touching your face, and stay home when you are sick. Reopening may be slow but it will be most effective if everyone makes healthful decisions.
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