JUNE 2020
Pivoting from Pandemic to Epidemic

I have not only been impressed with the response of my community-based pharmacy colleagues during the COVID-19 pandemic, but I have heard many accolades regarding the NCPA/CPESN COVID Best Practices website (found here ). It demonstrated how community-based pharmacists are important and essential members of the health care team. We made sure our patients continued to receive critical medications and enhanced services and, I believe, we made a strong statement to key stakeholders within the health care system—including payers—about our value. As we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, we will now focus our efforts on another epidemic plaguing our country—the opioid crisis. It is interesting to note that that the COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing that ensued had a negative impact on the opioid crisis with increasing reports of opioid-related overdose. 1

Much like our response to COVID-19, we need to be proactive in helping our country deal with the opioid crisis. That is the reason why our second progression is focused on opioid stewardship.  Community-based pharmacists can play a tremendous role in helping patients with opioid use disorders.  We are accessible to our patients, have an expertise in the pharmacology and therapeutics of medications, and we are knowledgeable of the laws and regulations regarding controlled substances. We need to use this unique knowledge and expertise to not only curb inappropriate opioid use or misuse, but also to ensure that our patients, who have legitimate health reasons for using opioids, are being treated and monitored appropriately. 

The opportunity for community-based pharmacist to help resolve the opioid crisis is NOW . Much like the impact our COVID-19 response had on highlighting our value so too will our opioid stewardship services. As we begin this new progression, I wish you all much success—this is important for our country, our communities, and most importantly our patients.
Randy McDonough, PharmD, MS, BCGP, BCPS, FAPhA
Director of Practice Transformation, Flip the Pharmacy
Flip the Pharmacy Cohort Two
Application Period is Here!

It is time to prepare your application for Flip the Pharmacy Cohort Two. We will be hosting a webinar series to walk through the details and answer questions.

Our first session will be held:
TOMORROW (Thursday, June 11) at 2 p.m. EDT

Subsequent webinars will be held on:
  • Thursday, June 25 at 2 p.m. EDT
  • Thursday, July 9 at 2 p.m. EDT
  • Thursday, July 23 at 2 p.m. EDT

Click   here   to access the registration for all sessions.

Application Period: The Flip the Pharmacy year 2 application is scheduled to be available starting Monday, June 15th. It will be accessible through the  Flip the Pharmacy website .

Applications are due August 6, 2020 .
Flip the Pharmacy in the News

The Flip the Pharmacy program was recently featured in a Pharmacy Times article entitled, "Flip The Pharmacy Program: Caring for Patients in a Pandemic." ComputerTalk for the Pharmacist Click here to view.
Flip the Pharmacy
Opioid Change Package
June 2020

Opioid Change Package #1 is beginning to build the foundation of opioid stewardship at your pharmacy. The goals of the first Opioid Change Package are to identify patients who are taking a chronic opioid prescription, check the PDMP, and calculate the Morphine Milligram Equivalents (MMEs) for each of the identified patients. This information should be documented in a care plan and utilized during July to discuss naloxone with candidates for the lifesaving medication.
The change package can be reviewed by clicking  here  (or by clicking the image below):
Flip the Pharmacy
Best Practices Webinar

Hear from your peers about how they are implementing
the Opioid Change Package

Join us!
TOMORROW (Thursday, June 11) at 1 p.m. EDT

Find out how other pharmacies are implementing the
Opioid Change Package within their pharmacy workflow.
Learn from others as well as share your own experiences.

Click  here  to register for the webinar
COVID-19 Change Package #4
Change Package #4 - Considerations for Reopening Your Pharmacy.  As community-based pharmacies consider reopening, CPESN USA luminaries and leaders have come together to share insights on what they are doing to reopen their pharmacies. Learn what you need to consider when preparing to reopen your pharmacy to the patients you serve in your community while keeping your pharmacy staff safe and healthy.
Past Flip the Pharmacy
Change Packages 

Here are the first six change packages:
  • Click here to view the March 2020 change package for Domain 6
  • Click here to view the February 2020 change package for Domain 5
  • Click here to view the January 2020 change package for Domain 4
  • Click here to view the December 2019 change package for Domain 3
  • Click here to view the November 2019 change package for Domain 2
  • Click here to view the October 2019 change package for Domain 1
Join the Flip the Pharmacy Movement

If you want to support us and join the Flip the Pharmacy effort, just email us at  partner@flipthepharmacy.com . For more information on global sponsorship funding or partnership contributions, visit  www.flipthepharmacy.com .  
If you have feedback or even questions about the program, please email us at:  info@flipthepharmacy.com .