Joint Letter of Support for Updated CDC Guidance
The Iowa Pharmacy Association, Drake University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, and the Iowa Board of Pharmacy released a joint letter of support on the CDC's updated guidance addressing infection control in pharmacies during the COVID-19 pandemic.On April 14, 2020, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) released updated guidance specifically addressing infection control in pharmacies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Four Iowa pharmacy stakeholders, the Iowa Pharmacy Association, Drake University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, and the Iowa Board of Pharmacy, cooperatively support and stand behind the CDC's updated guidance.
Key highlights from this updated guidance include:
- Everyone entering the pharmacy should wear a face covering, regardless of symptoms. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians should always wear a facemask while they are in the pharmacy for source control.
- Postpone and reschedule delivery of some routine clinical preventive services, such as adult immunizations, which require face to face encounters.
- Special considerations for clinics that are co-located in pharmacies.