Board of Pharmacy Restricts Hydroxychloroquine, then Caves to Ohio Governor

We didn’t think it would be useful to cover the proven inefficacious use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine on this blog. By the time we had launched, studies had already begun to question speculations circulating on social media of its efficacy for the treatment of COVID-19. The American Medical Association, along with national pharmacy organizations, publishedContinue reading “Board of Pharmacy Restricts Hydroxychloroquine, then Caves to Ohio Governor”

Advocacy Advice: How to advocate through print media

As a result of a world where policies are constantly changing because of the pandemic, we at The Grassroots Pharmacist have been largely focused so far on providing updates on all of these changes. However, a key piece of our purpose is not only to provide educational content on the ties between health policy andContinue reading “Advocacy Advice: How to advocate through print media”

Why pharmacists need to count on the census

The census, the decennial count of our nation, is important for a variety of reasons. As a vehicle for how our democracy functions, the primary purpose of the census is to determine the number of congressional representatives each state has. The basis of our government is on balance between the three branches of government thatContinue reading “Why pharmacists need to count on the census”

Why pharmacists should care about access to COVID-19 data

Data is vitally important to members of the profession of pharmacy and is essential in how we develop evidence-based methodologies that guide how we care for patients. Ensuring veracity of data is important in giving us the right foundation to develop long-term strategies to improve patient outcomes. That’s why it was particularly concerning to seeContinue reading “Why pharmacists should care about access to COVID-19 data”

Provider Status Explained: Understanding the how behind the federal legislative strategy

Provider status is essential to the future of the profession of pharmacy. We explained last week the reason why pharmacists need provider status now more than ever (if you missed it, check out the post here) and began to discuss some of the background around why this shift in the business model is so substantial.Continue reading “Provider Status Explained: Understanding the how behind the federal legislative strategy”

Provider Status Explained: Why do pharmacists need provider status?

Provider status has been such a focus of the pharmacy profession for decades. However, before we talk about how to advocate for provider status, it’s important to understand why something needs to change.  It’s all about that product My grandfather was a community pharmacist in the Cleveland, Ohio area for nearly 50 years. I rememberContinue reading “Provider Status Explained: Why do pharmacists need provider status?”

Provider Status Explained: Series Introduction

Provider Status….These two words are thrown around everywhere in our profession.  We see them on signs, flyers, and billboards. We have said them to Members of Congress, State Legislators, and even presidents. They have consumed the focus of a large amount of our profession’s advocacy efforts for the last ten years. However, even with theContinue reading “Provider Status Explained: Series Introduction”

Pharmacist state scope of practice overruled by HHS?

It’s been a few weeks since we launched our blog with our first blog post on pharmacists’s ability to provide SARS-COV-2 testing. But with all the policy changes taking place over the last few days, it was necessary to investigate some of the more recent changes. Today we’re going to take a look at theContinue reading “Pharmacist state scope of practice overruled by HHS?”

Are pharmacists essential? Congress thinks so!

As states evaluate plans to reopen, despite cases of coronavirus continuing to rise, Congress has been at work on another COVID-19 emergency supplemental bill. House Democrats released a whopping 1,800-word initial draft of the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act this past week. Included in this bill are additional provisions for workers,Continue reading “Are pharmacists essential? Congress thinks so!”

Pharmacists’ ability to provide tests for SARS-COV-2

Testing for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-COV-2) to identify coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) has been one of the most prominent topics discussed since cases began being reported in early 2020. Increasingly, pharmacists are seen as vital team members in controlling the disease. While a lot of progress has been made, there are still significantContinue reading “Pharmacists’ ability to provide tests for SARS-COV-2”