April 3, 2020
Optimizing Personal Protective Equipment During Crisis Capacity
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides strategies that can be utilized by healthcare workers to optimize use of PPE during periods of known shortages. These strategies should only be used when there is limited supply that has exceeded the ability to provide conventional standards.

During severe resource limitations, consider excluding healthcare providers (HCP) at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 from contact with known or suspected COVID-19 patients (e.g., those of older age, those with chronic medical conditions, or those who may be pregnant).
The FDA made it easier for compounders to make hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine by adding the anti-malaria drugs to the drug shortage list Tuesday (March 31), after receiving pressure from several compounding associations for the agency to list the drugs and make the formulations available for compounding by outsourcers.
Training and Protocols for Pharmacist COVID-19 Testing Procedures
This training module will provide you with the information you need to safely collect COVID-19 specimens for testing. It will cover the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the proper technique for collecting COVID-19 specimens for testing.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act
President Trump signed the CARES Act into law on March 27, 2020. CARES establishes the Personal Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses impacted by coronavirus-related issues between Feb. 15 and June 30, 2020. Small businesses may apply for loans, which will remain available through the end of June. 
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Reducing Workplace COVID-19 Exposure – Best Practices
Pharmacies are essential to the health of Michigan residents, timely and accurate medication delivery is the foundation to treatment of disease. It is essential that we maintain the health of pharmacy staff so that pharmacies can maintain operations.
As pharmacies are flooded with patients in need, pharmacists and staff put themselves at risk for patients
Lansing, Mich. – As cases of COVID-19 continue to escalate in Michigan, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are on the front lines of the pandemic. Pharmacists are typically recognized as the most accessible health experts in the community with their daily interaction with the public. With this comes a danger to pharmacy professionals during this time as patients flood pharmacies for necessities and treatment of various health complaints and symptoms.
Michigan Pharmacist Joseph Fakhoury from Andy's Pharmacy in
Detroit discuses pharmacy during COVID-19
Executive Order 2020-30 as it Pertains to Pharmacy
Executive Order 2020-30 permits licensed pharmacists who are practicing in a hospital or state run facility to provide care for routine health maintenance, chronic disease states, or similar conditions, as appropriate to the professional’s education, training, and experience, without physician supervision and without criminal, civil, or administrative penalty related to a lack of such supervision. Additionally, this Executive Order temporarily suspends the requirement for any health care professional to renew their license while the emergency declaration is in effect.
Michigan Seeking Qualified Volunteers
Pharmacists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are needed to volunteer to assist in the dispensing process at the TCF center (previously known as the COBO hall) in Detroit. If interested contact MPA Director of Emergency Preparedness, Farah Jalloul or complete registration at www.michigan.gov/fightcovid19
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Print this sign, take your picture and post on social media with your story and tell us how you are making a difference during COVID-19. You can also email your photo and story to MPA Communications Manager Jamie James.