Friday, March 20, 2020

American Pharmacist Association (APhA) Issues Prescription Drug Supply Guidance for Patients and Caregivers

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As part of its ongoing efforts to help patients and pharmacists cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, APhA has released guidance for patients and caregivers on how to ensure adequate supplies of medication if they become unable to get to the pharmacy.

The guidance recommends that:
  • Patients and caregivers talk to their pharmacist about medication supply concerns. Hoarding or stockpiling, APhA warns, is not necessary and could lead to drug shortages.
  • Patients and caregivers contact their health insurance plan, associated pharmacy benefit manager, or both to determine if benefits include early refills—normally the patient or pharmacy would contact the prescriber when refills are needed—or supply limits.
  • Patients and caregivers inquire about delivery options if picking up prescriptions at the pharmacy becomes prohibitive. Delivery options could include designating another person to pick up the prescription, getting home delivery, or receiving prescriptions by mail.

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