Working Together through COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across our world is causing the kind of disruption many of us have never seen. QS/1 knows that community pharmacies are working in the trenches of this public health event in varying and difficult situations. We believe that sharing accurate information about COVID-19 can help the feelings of stress and uncertainty we’re all experiencing.
This page is designed to share solutions emerging within the larger industry along with ways our own software and services can help. Read on for product tips, blog posts, podcasts, social media postings, and outside resources. This page will be updated weekly.
Restrictions on the ability to conduct business as usual inside the pharmacy are requiring pharmacists and technicians to use alternative communication, refill, and transaction methods. Now more than ever, your pharmacy’s workflow needs to be as efficient as possible. Compiled here is guidance on working differently, safer, and smarter with your QS/1 products during COVID-19.
QS/1's podcast regularly shares talk that helps community pharmacies thrive in the competitive marketplace. Recently, this has meant a focus on how to serve patients during the pandemic. Listen to our subject matter experts here:
QS/1 has compiled a list of online resources intended to help pharmacies working on the front line of this pandemic. These resources include pharmacy associations and government agencies. We will update and make additions to this list as necessary. Much of it is easily downloaded to print and repurpose.
- COVID-19 Prevention Network
- CDC Considerations for Pharmacies
- CDC U.S. Cases
- CDC Coronavirus Page
- CDC YouTube Channel
- CDC FAQs
- APhA Coronavirus Information
- APhA News
- Governor’s Executive Orders and Declarations of State of Emergency
- White House Coronavirus Guidelines
- CMS News
- FDA Press Announcements
- FDA Emergency Preparedness and Response
- FDA Personal Protection Equipment Guidelines
- HHS News
- AHFS Drug Information® - Open Access for 60 Days Effective March 16, 2020
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a partnership with CVS and Walgreens to deliver COVID-19 vaccine options to LTC facilities. It is important to note that these facilities can still utilize your pharmacy to administer these vaccines. Read more about how to be their choice as a COVID vaccine provider.
Updated to keep pace with changes in the COVID-19 situation, QS/1’s blog posts are taking a big-picture look at best practices, new ideas, and accessible ways to get the support you need for your pharmacy and your patients.
In late 2020, the Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network (CPESN® USA) surpassed 3,000 pharmacies in number. It also became a Federal Pharmacy Partner for the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program.Read More »
We’ve talked about the impact of COVID-19 on community pharmacists, along with their creative, dedicated workarounds to keep serving patients. But nothing helps like hearing what a fellow pharmacist is actually doing – let’s see how Moundsville Pharmacy has adapted its workflow.Read More »
Previously unusual sights now seem like the new normal – face masks, taped lines every 6 feet, and empty spots instead of paper products. But something else has become recognizable amidst COVID-19: gratitude to frontline workers like community pharmacists.Read More »
CDC Vaccination Playbook - Podcast
The CDC recently released a playbook centered around the role pharmacies will play in administering the COVID-19 vaccine. QS/1's Ed Vess and OmniSYS's David Pope give a breakdown of the playbook to show you how it affects you and your pharmacy. View the playbook here.
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Information related to the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving rapidly and continuously. The resources provided on this website are opinions of industry leaders, government officials, published drafts, and other publicly available resources and are subject to change. QS/1 assumes no liability and makes no representations about the accuracy of this information. The links to any resources contained on any site do not constitute any endorsement of, validity, or warranty of the information by QS/1. The resources are for informational purposes only and do not constitute any legal, medical, or other professional advice. The user of these materials should not, under any circumstances, solely rely on or act based on these publications. Pharmacy professionals retain the responsibility for using their own professional judgment and practicing in accordance with all rules, regulations, and laws governing the pharmacy practice within their jurisdiction.