Celebrate and Advocate for the Pharmacy Profession

October 15, 2020

If anything has demonstrated the need and value of expanded access to community-based care, it’s been the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

If anything has demonstrated the need and value of expanded access to community-based care, it’s been the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the past several weeks, the passage of new legislation has highlighted the pharmacists' value to their communities. At the time of this publication, the US Department of Health & Human Services has authorized all state-licensed pharmacists the ability to administer pediatric immunizations, as well as COVID-19 vaccines once they are available. This is a significant step forward for the profession, as pharmacists will play a critical role in immunization efforts amid the COVID-19 response. However, for a long time, industry headwinds have impeded pharmacists’ ability to practice at the top of their licenses. As pharmacists begin to step into the role of clinicians, legislation should ensure that they are also compensated fairly for doing so.

In our October issue, you’ll find coverage from ThoughtSpot Live 2020, AmerisourceBergen and Good Neighbor Pharmacy’s annual inde- pendent pharmacy conference and trade show, which includes an update on key areas of focus for independent pharmacies looking to thrive in today’s challenging environment. As pharmacies continue to pivot their services to adapt, supporting business expansion beyond the traditional dispensing will be crucial to success. Visit www.drugtopics.com/conference/thoughtspot for more insights, including interviews with leading experts.

Furthermore, on top of the ongoing public health crisis, the presidential election is looming. Our cover story dives into how the outcome of this election might affect health care issues, especially for pharmacy. What happens next in health care depends largely on COVID-19, especially in light of breaking news at press time that the President has been diagnosed with COVID-19. No matter what, advocacy remains crucial to pharmacists overcoming current barriers, such as direct and indirect remuneration fees.

And finally, October is American Pharmacists Month—a dedicated time to recognize pharmacists’ contribution to health care. Take time to celebrate staff members going above and beyond. Karen Berger, PharmD, writes more about how pharmacists can honor the profession throughout the month.

As always, keep visiting drugtopics.com as we continue to keep you up-to- date with the latest pharmacy news.