CDC Guidance for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians in Community Pharmacies during the COVID-19 Response

This guidance applies to all pharmacy staff to minimize their risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 and reduce the risk for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a vital part of the healthcare system, pharmacies play an important role in providing medicines, therapeutics, vaccines, and critical health services to the public. Ensuring continuous function of pharmacies during the COVID-19 pandemic is important. During the pandemic, pharmacy staff can minimize their risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 and reduce the risk for patients by using the principles of infection prevention and control and social distancing. 1. Implement universal use of face coverings 2. Advise staff who are sick to stay home 3. Filling prescriptions- Encourage all prescribers to submit prescription orders via telephone or electronically. The pharmacy should develop procedures to avoid handling paper prescriptions, in accordance with appropriate state laws, regulations, or executive orders. 4. Use strategies to minimize close contact between pharmacy staff and patients and between patients: Reference https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/pharmacies.html

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