The Weekly Roundup: Disaster Preparedness (9.14.18)

September 15, 2018 | Pamela Youngberg Dickson

September is National Preparedness Month. As we watched the southeast cowed by the landfall of Hurricane Florence this week, and as massive typhoons continue to strike in the Pacific, we’re reminded of the important role pharmacists play in helping our communities cope with natural disasters and other events—like pandemic or loss of power, for example—that impact care delivery. Have a plan, and make sure your employees are all educated on it. Many individual state pharmacy associations, like this one in Florida, provide state-specific advice. Or, crosscheck your plan against this disaster planning checklist from the National Community Pharmacists Association. Pharmacies that are not in the danger-zone can help, too, by hosting donation drives like this one in Louisiana

Here are a few other stories that might be of interest:

  • Using social marketing at your pharmacy? Here’s some insight into when it’s best to post.  
  • Frustrated by medication labels? Here are some ideas for differentiation among them. 
  • A revised memorandum of understanding focuses on improving safety and patient access to compounded drugs.    
  • CMS has rejected Washington State’s current, below-market Medicaid reimbursement program. Under the current federal law, states must at least cover the cost of dispensing to Medicaid beneficiaries—Washington’s plan does not. 
  • The FDA is setting its sights on manufacturers and retailers who they believe aren’t adequately protecting minors’ access to e-cigarettes.

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Pamela Youngberg Dickson

Before she came to Smart-Fill, Pamela developed marketing strategy and content for a range of technology start-ups and large-cap enterprises. Outside the office, she's into gardening, renaissance history, the Big Ten, and exploring the great outdoors. 

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