April 27, 2020
Executive Order Update - Pharmacy Notes
Executive Order 2020-60 states that a person who enters a store or pharmacy must wear a face mask if they can medically tolerate one. Additionally, at least two hours per week must be made available for high risk individuals to shop at stores and pharmacies. This includes people over 60, pregnant people, and those with chronic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.
FDA Warns Against Use of Hydroxychloroquine And Chloroquine for COVID-19 Patients Outside the Hospital Setting
Hydroxychloroquine covid-19 pills in medical lab
The FDA recently released cautionary statements to healthcare providers against using hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for COVID-19 outside of the hospital setting due to known risks of heart rhythm problems including QT internal prolongation and ventricular tachycardia. 

Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine have not been shown to be safe and effective for treating or preventing COVID-19. The FDA authorized their temporary use through supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile during the COVID-19 pandemic for treatment of the virus in hospitalized patients when clinical trials were not available, through an  Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) . Additional details related to the FDA warning can be found here .
TONIGHT
 MPA COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall
Monday, April 27 at 7 p.m.
MPA is providing an opportunity for you to participate in our COVID-19 Town Hall meeting this Monday, April 27, 2020, from 7-8 p.m . The Town Hall will feature Jennifer Lixey Terrill, Healthcare and Public Health Policy Specialist and Emergency Management Coordinator, Bureau of EMS, Trauma, and Preparedness with the State of Michigan and Farah Jalloul, MPA State Pharmacy Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, with an update on current issues related to COVID-19 and the State of Michigan’s response to the pandemic. Individuals will also have the opportunity to identify issues that they believe MPA could assist them in solving.   
After registering , you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE NEXT MPA VIRTUAL TOWN HALL HAPPENING ON MONDAY, MAY 4, 2020 at 7:00. p.m.
MPA Supporting Pharmacy through COVID-19
MPA leadership and staff is working remotely during the stay at home order issued by the Governor, but we are still accessible and working for you through this unprecedented time.

Click here to take a look at what MPA has been doing behind the scenes in the best interest of the pharmacy profession during COVID-19.
Important Notes from PSI Insurance Agency
Discounted premiums for April and May 2020
Many insurance carriers are offering a COVID-19 refund on policies for the months of April and May. This is automatic, no action is required from the policy holder. Each carrier is offering different percentage of discounts ranging from 15-25%. Some of the refund may go toward outstanding premium, the balance will be a check from the company. Please call Ellen or Ron at (517) 484-1467 to discuss.
 
 
May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month.
Most people carry life insurance, but have you considered insurance if you become disabled long term due to an accident or illness? We can protect your income and as pharmacists you are in a preferred rate class. If you’d like to discuss, call Ron Devers at (517) 484-1467.
VIRTUAL
MPA Law and Policy
Symposium 

April 29, 2020
9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
OFFERING 4.25 HOURS OF LIVE CREDIT
VIRTUAL
Dynamic Duos:
We're In This Together

May 2, 2020
9 a.m.-2:20 p.m.
OFFERING 5.0 HOURS OF LIVE CREDIT
Michigan Volunteer Registry
Pharmacists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are needed to volunteer to assist in the event of an emergency such as what we are currently experiencing with COVID-19. If interested contact State Pharmacy Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Farah Jalloul or register here .