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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources


Pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare providers in the U.S. and are on the front lines of the current coronavirus disease 2019-2020 outbreak. The Ohio Pharmacists Association is working with state leaders and closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 from both the Centers for Disease Control and Ohio Department of Health. We will update this resource page as new resources and news becomes available.

Use this one page summary document created by Harvard Medical School students to review the virology and basic background of COVID-19. As patients are asking questions regarding COVID-19 symptoms, use this guide to help you differentiate between COVID-19, seasonal flu, a cold and seasonal allergies.


Help OPA Promote the Importance of Pharmacist Care During this Pandemic

As pharmacists are on the front lines working to help contain the pandemic, providing patient care, and ease the concerns and fears of the general public. Ohio Pharmacists Association created a short survey to help tell your story. Please fill out this survey to help OPA share the amazing work you are doing to the general public, other organizations and social media.

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OPA COVID-19 Pharmacy Relief Registry 

OPA has been contacted by members about their shortage of pharmacy team members during the COVID-19 outbreak. To assist pharmacy staffing needs, we are working to develop the OPA COVID-19 Pharmacy Relief Registry.

If you are a pharmacist, pharmacy intern, or registered/certified pharmacy technician who is willing to temporarily assist another practice site in Ohio, please register using the button below. By providing your information, you agree to have your name, city, email, and phone number listed on the Members Only page of the OPA website to be contacted to fill staffing needs. 

  Pharmacists Form      Pharmacy Interns Form      Pharmacy Technicians Form  


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Ohio Department of Health

The Ohio Department of Health opened a call center to answer questions from the public regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). The call center will be open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and resources visit coronavirus.ohio.gov. (Updated daily at 2 p.m. regarding the most current cases in Ohio.)

The Ohio Department of Health has many resources and guidance documents to help healthcare providers care for the ill and mitigate their own risk. Read the guidance documents here.

Public Health and Executive orders signed by the Governor and Health Director in response to COVID-19

Governor DeWine Executive Orders
Ohio Department of Health

State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy

The Board has provided guidance on their response to the COVID-19. The guidance document can be found here, and more information is provided below.

Emergency Rules

On March 22, 2020, the Governor authorized emergency rule 4729-5-30.2, prescription requirements for chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine. The Ohio Department of Health provided a COVID-19 Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine Checklist to help pharmacists with prescription requirements. This rule effective and enforceable. This rules states:

COVID-19 Mandatory Safety Requirements

On March 18, 2020, the Board issued mandatory requirements for pharmacies to implement safeguards to ensure pharmacy professionals practice in a safe and effective manner. The guidance can be accessed here. These safeguards include:

While we appreciate the Board of Pharmacy's quick action to protect pharmacy staff and patients, you all are instrumental in making sure that pharmacies comply with these requirements. If you feel that your pharmacy is not taking adequate measures to maintain safe distancing between staff and and patients, provide for a clean practice setting, or provide reasonable amounts of protective equipment (recognizing the shortage of PPE), please keep us informed, and let the board of pharmacy know as well. 

We have heard from a number of pharmacists that they are documenting safety concerns and sending formal questions, issues, and complaints to managers and leaders at their pharmacies, but instead of receiving a written response, pharmacists are instead receiving phone call responses. Pharmacists have stated that they believe that a lack of written responses are being done as a means to possibly avoid the accountability that documentation provides. We have been advised by the board of pharmacy that if you feel that something nefarious is occurring in this regard, you should file a complaint.

A reminder to all pharmacists: it is your license, and if you feel that someone is unreasonably getting in the way of the safe practice of pharmacy, it is important to speak out. We will be working to make sure your voices are heard.

COVID-19 Waivers and Guidance for Licensees
Important Reminders

Insurance

Ohio Department of Insurance

Pharmacy Benefit Manager Changes

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the changes from pharmacy benefit managers visit their websites. 

Other Changes


Resources

National Resources 

National Pharmacy Resources

Ohio Resources 

General COVID-19 Resources 

Patient Resources 

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