Maryland pharmacists receive H1N1 training opportunity

October 1, 2009

As the most accessible members of the healthcare team, pharmacists in Maryland are being offered an opportunity to train in preparation for a predicted H1N1 flu pandemic.

As the most accessible members of the health care team, Pharmacists in Maryland are being offered an opportunity to get training in preparation for a predicted H1N1 flu pandemic. The Universities at Shady Grove, a collaboration of nine public universities in Maryland, said pharmacists are an important role in responding to H1N1.

From answering questions from anxious customers and patients to being called on by the state to assist with mass vaccinations efforts, pharmacists need to be prepared to rise to the challenges this pandemic will likely present.

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy will conduct a free continuing education training program for area pharmacists on influenza pandemic preparedness from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 3 at Universities at Shady Grove, at 9630 Gudelsky Dr, Rockville, Md.

The program, co-sponsored by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Services and Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response, was filled to its 100 person capacity within three days of the announcement in the pharmacy community. This targeted continuing education program for local pharmacists will provide the latest epidemiologic update on pandemic influenza, discuss the responsibilities of pharmacists and the role of public health during a pandemic, and identify relevant preparedness resources available to pharmacists.

Pharmacists and public health experts will also address available treatment options and the roles of state and local governments in a flu emergency.