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All Things Pharmacy
April 2, 2019
Brought to you by PCM

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


  • Clinical trials underway to test the effectiveness of anti-malaria drugs.

  • Half of U.S. doctors have treated a patient with COVID-19.

  • Remaining positive and active during COVID-19 outbreak.

  • States with drug restrictions still provide COVID-19 treatment.

  • Scientists find effective antibodies that block COVID-19 from developing.

  • FDA requests removal of all products containing Ranitidine from the market.


Focus: Preparedness
Creating emergency medication reserves

The severe state of emergency facing our global community has resulted in many of us stayinghome, with limited outside contact, in a united effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). In preparation for this isolation period, we have stocked up on food, household supplies, and toilet paper, but how many of us have prepared reserves of necessary, life-sustaining medication to get
through the pandemic?

Dr. David Merritt, PharmD, RPH, Chief Pharmacist for PCM, explains the importance of creating medication reserves in case of emergency, “It is vital to refill essential prescription medications for chronic conditions in the wake of COVID-19. Refill your medication for a full 30- or 90-day period if your insurance benefits allow. As with any natural disaster, COVID-19 could get worse before
getting better, which would make getting prescriptions filled more difficult. It is time to get prepared.”
How do you create an emergency medication reserve?

Focus: Unity
We're all in this together


  • Hundreds of volunteers sew protective masks for healthcare workers.

  • Private 3D printers make vital equipment.

  • Auto suppliers begin manufacturing ventilators.

  • Teachers host social-distance approved parades during school closure.

  • Volunteers deliver food to quarantined neighbors.


Focus: Mentally healthy
Strategies to build mental resilience

The uncertainty and social isolation of the coronavirus pandemic can be mentally and emotionally overwhelming. Below are six tips you can implement daily to build mental resilience:
    1. Manage your emotions first. Taking care of your own mental and emotional health is essential to being able to think clearly to protect yourself and your family. Think of the speech parents flying with young children receive before take-off; while it might seem counter-intuitive, you must put on your own mask first to able to help your child. This also applies to your mental
health. Take care of yourself first.
    2. Remember to breathe. Set aside time to take a deep breath. Find a comfortable place, close your eyes, slowly breathe in, hold it for a few seconds, and then slowly exhale. Notice how your body rises and falls with each breath. Repeat until your body and mind feel clear.
    3. Find a healthy routine. Focus on getting enough sleep, moving your body, and eating healthful meals. Plan time to be outside if possible. If you are pulled in too many directions (looking at you, parents), set a daily or weekly schedule, and share household duties with your partner or older children.
    4. Do things you enjoy. Take time to do something you enjoy. Especially if it serves no purpose but to make you happy. Read a book, play a game, watch your favorite sitcom, or complete a puzzle. Remember to laugh and take some time for yourself.
    5. Unplug. Turn off the TV or computer to unplug from the news and social media. Hearing
about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting. Set limits on media use.
    6. Connect with others (from a distance of at least 6 feet). Studies have shown that connecting with and helping others creates positive mental health benefits. Use available technology to interact with loved ones. Share kind words, uplifting stories, or a good laugh. If you find that your anxiety or fears are interrupting your daily life and negative feelings last for several days or longer, know that there are people to help. You never have to fight alone. Reach out to your doctor, counselor, religious leader, or friend, or call the hotline number below:
Call SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990
Text: TalkWithUs to 66746


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