As many find themselves dealing with the devastating aftermath of yet another hurricane, IACP  wanted to highlight members who are working around the clock to help patients and other pharmacists, as well as provide you with invaluable pharmacy and legal resources that are available for you.

Pharmacists Assist Patients Impacted by Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc throughout the Caribbean, and then on to Florida, with unprecedented winds and storm surge in many areas. IACP Member pharmacists quickly sprang into action, helping their patients and communities.
IACP Members Take Immediate Action to Help Patients!

IACP Board Member Marisol Lopez, RPh, MPh, University of Puerto Rico School of Pharmacy in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, reports they experienced s
trong tropical storm winds for approximately eight hours, and subsequently lost power and service for three days.  The government and local hospitals are providing medical assistance and shelter to refugees from the Lesser Antilles. Marisol says she  will be providing a conference at the School of Pharmacy about Compounding During Emergency Times, to support local pharmacists in the event Puerto Rico experiences medication shortages as a result of the storm. Times and dates to be confirmed. 

IACP Member Lois Adams, BPharm, MBA, CRPh, and staff at Freedom Pharmacy & Wellness Center in Orlando, Fla., have used their  Facebook page as a powerful source of public information for their patients and community, providing daily updates on various emergency resources/contact information, generator safety tips, community water safety notices, and more. Lois and her staff have done a great job of using their social media channels for the benefit of their community! 
 
IACP Members - please let us know how you're doing, and please share any of your activities on  IACP's Facebook  page. Thank you for making a real difference in your communities!
Resources for Hurricane Irma Assistance

Access and re-entry to flooded areas will be controlled by emergency managers for some time. For information on requesting access, visit www.healthcareready.org/irma.

Healthcare Ready's Rx Open is an interactive map that helps patients and providers find nearby open pharmacies in areas impacted by disaster. The map will be updated daily throughout the federally declared disaster. If your status is not accurate or you want to enroll your pharmacy, please send an email with your name, the name of the pharmacy, and the NCPDP or NPI number for the pharmacy to Healthcare Ready at ContactUs@HealthcareReady.org

State Boards of Pharmacy Notifications
The American Bar Association is Offering Legal Services


Members of the American Bar Association (ABA) are providing legal services to those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Please visit ABA's Disaster Relief webpage for a variety of support services including housing assistance, National Disaster Legal Aid, and Disaster Legal Services!

Waiver Program and Emergency Refills

The Department of Health and Human Services has declared a public health emergency, and the CMS 1135 waiver program is now available. Certain requirements for Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP are modified to ensure needs are met and providers and suppliers acting in good faith are reimbursed. Find out more details on the CMS website.  

IACP Foundation Partners with NCPA Foundation to Raise Funds through NCPA Disaster Relief Fund

The IACP Foundation is working with the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation to raise funds for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Read more and access the donation form here. You can help community pharmacy owners restore their businesses in the wake of these disasters. Make a donation to the NCPA Foundation's Disaster Relief Fund. Your help is urgently needed to help maintain the fund so timely aid can be provided to affected independent pharmacies. Corporate and individual donations are welcome. Support is tax-deductible. And don't forget to enroll your pharmacy in the Pharmacy Disaster Support Center to be prepared for future disasters. In addition, to apply for a NCPA Foundation Disaster Relief Fund grant, please access form here.

Healthcare Ready is helping route and coordinate supply donations. If your pharmacy has a health care supply need OR your pharmacy is able to donate supplies, please email Alerts@HealthcareReady.org. Requests so far include oxygen concentrators, insulin, syringes, and other medical supplies. Healthcare Ready is also coordinating directly with some organizations to supply trained health care professional volunteers. Email Alerts@HealthcareReady.org if you are a trained health care professional and interested in volunteering, so your information can be shared with organizations that need a pharmacist.

How to Send an Emergency Recording to your Patients: PrescribeWellness is donating a recording service, at no cost, to pharmacies impacted by the recent hurricanes. All you have to do is reach out to PrescribeWellness through phone (800-960-8147) or email (support@prescribewellness.com), and their support team will work with your pharmacy to set up a voice recording that can go right out to your patients. Help your patients by letting them know if there are pharmacy-specific special hours, emergency medications, and/or vaccinations, and if they need anything, to give you a call.

IACP Extends Concern for those Affected by Hurricane Irma
 
The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) extends its deepest concern for our IACP Members, Corporate Members, and everyone affected by Hurricane Irma. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, staff and patients as you deal with the aftermath of this hurricane.


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