COVID-19 Pharmacy Resource Center

As an active participant in the global pharmaceutical supply chain, we’re engaged with government and healthcare officials as these agencies and experts closely monitor the spread of COVID-19. We have business continuity plans that include our global workforce and our teams are in daily communications with manufacturers, monitoring inventory levels and customer purchasing behavior for any potential impact to the product supply chain.
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Resources for you and your patients

Here we've curated a collection of the most relevant links to help independent community pharmacies through the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you need resources for communicating with patients or the latest guidance from the CDC and WHO, this is your destination for the most valuable coronavirus-related information, tools and support.

 

 

Independents Join Major Retailers in Gaining Access to COVID-19 Vaccine

AmerisourceBergen has reached an agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to include Good Neighbor Pharmacy and the Elevate Provider Network members in the Federal Pharmacy Partnership Strategy for COVID-19 Vaccination.

To support access, AmerisourceBergen will serve as a network administrator and place orders with the CDC on behalf of qualified and eligible Good Neighbor Pharmacy and Elevate Provider Network members. AmerisourceBergen will receive a direct allocation of COVID-19 vaccine for independent retail pharmacy customers once there is adequate supply of COVID-19 vaccine to support broader vaccination efforts. COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed by the CDC’s central distributor.

“Independent community pharmacies have been fearless and have risen to every challenge that COVID-19 has presented this past year. Independent pharmacies are critical sites of care in their communities year-round and many Americans turn to their local pharmacy for a variety of immunizations annually,” said Brian Nightengale, President of Good Neighbor Pharmacy. “We are beyond proud to help our independent pharmacies gain access to COVID-19 vaccine. They are already poised to join this next phase in the fight against the coronavirus and continue to support their communities.”

This effort will help jurisdictions augment access to COVID-19 vaccine when supply increases and vaccination is recommended for individuals beyond the initial critical populations. With more than 90% of people living within 5 miles of a community pharmacy, pharmacies have unique reach and ability to provide access to COVID-19 vaccine and support broad vaccination efforts. This program will provide critical vaccination services for the U.S. population, with vaccine administered at community pharmacy locations at no cost to recipients. The program will be implemented in close coordination with jurisdictions to ensure optimal COVID-19 vaccination coverage and vaccine access nationwide.

Read the AmerisourceBergen press release here >


COVID-19 Signage Available on Good Neighbor Pharmacy Signage Portal

Temporary signage is now available to meet the changing needs of your business. Sneeze guards, distancing dots, window clings, sidewalk signs and much more can be found on the Good Neighbor Pharmacy signage portal.

Communications and Tools for Good Neighbor Pharmacy and Elevate members

Additional Resources for Good Neighbor Pharmacy Members

  • Social media graphics and print marketing materials to educate patients 
  • Promotions and collateral to raise awareness of the helpful services you offer
  • Tips for staying healthy and safe

My GNP Mobile App

Provide patients with an additional method of refilling prescriptions with the My GNP mobile app. Leveraging the mobile app will reinforce social distancing and help alleviate high volume of calls to your pharmacy. 

The My GNP mobile app can be found by searching "My GNP" on the Google Play or Apple App store. 

 

 

Vaccine

Preparing for the Approval and Launch of COVID-19 Vaccines

We’re staying in contact with the federal government, the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) and our customers to ensure our expertise and services are widely available as we prepare for one or multiple vaccines to be approved and become available. At this time, we believe the U.S. government will coordinate allocation of the vaccine to states and/or sites of administration once there is a vaccine that is approved. We do not believe any wholesale distributor will be making decisions about which sites of administration get access to the vaccine.

While it’s still unclear how vaccines will be allocated and administered, we believe you should take action now should you want to play a role in COVID-19 vaccinations. Here’s how to begin preparing.

Supporting You as a Trusted Provider of the COVID-19 Vaccine

We’re partnering with federal and state agencies regularly to prepare for providing our distribution services for the COVID-19 vaccine. Our Government Affairs team has met with 300+ federal and state legislators and staff through video and phone calls since March, continuing to make an impact on pharmacy policy priorities during COVID-19. The team is also working closely with NCPA, APhA, NACDS and other pharmacy coalitions urging Congress, Governors and state legislators to recognize pharmacists as healthcare providers, remove barriers to expand pharmacist COVID-19 testing and promote immunization authority.

One of our top priorities is advocating for pharmacist provider status, which would establish pharmacists as providers in Medicare Part B throughout the course of the pandemic. The team has and will continue to urge Congress to include emergency pharmacist provider status in a future legislative package, which would enable pharmacies to bill Medicare directly for COVID-19 and flu testing and immunization (once available). Pharmacists and patients are the most powerful voices on this topic, so we strongly encourage you to contact your legislators and ask Congress to enact emergency provider status for pharmacists.

Together, we can make a difference! On August 19, 2020, HHS expanded access to allow pharmacists to administer all FDA approved vaccines to children age 3-18 during the pandemic. And back on May 27, 2020, Minnesota’s Governor, Tim Walz, signed a comprehensive Health and Human Services bill providing pharmacists the authority to allow them to administer FDA-authorized COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2 vaccines to eligible individuals, when a vaccine becomes available. Several states are now following Minnesota’s lead.

 

Testing Information

BD Veritor™ Plus System (SARS-CoV-2 Test) Test Kits to Be Available from AmerisourceBergen 

The BD Veritor™ System for Rapid Detection of SARS-CoV-2 is a chromatographic immunoassay for the direct and qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 antigens in nasal swabs from patients with signs and symptoms who are suspected of COVID-19.

 

Resources for Pharmacists

 


Digital Marketing Updates

Digital marketing channels, such as Facebook and Google, have never been more important for independent pharmacies use to connect with their patients. In light of the recent coronavirus pandemic, many of these platforms are offering additional support and guidelines for local businesses. Visit our COVID-19 marketing page to learn about the latest policy changes in this area that relevant for independent pharmacies.

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