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CDC Update on the COVID-19 Pandemic and Delta Variant

 

TOP 5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT COVID-19 AND DELTA VARIANT

1. Getting vaccinated prevents severe illness, hospitalization, and death; it also helps reduce the spread of the virus in communities.
• Unvaccinated individuals should get vaccinated and continue masking until they are fully vaccinated.
• With the Delta variant, this is more urgent than ever. The highest spread of cases and severe outcomes is happening in places with low vaccination rates
2. Data show Delta is different than past versions of the virus: it is much more contagious.
• Some vaccinated people can get Delta in a breakthrough infection and may be contagious.
• Even so, vaccinated individuals represent a very small amount of transmission occurring around the country.
• Virtually all hospitalizations and deaths continue to be among the unvaccinated.
3. In areas with substantial and high transmission, CDC recommends that everyone (including fully vaccinated individuals) wear a mask in public indoor settings to help prevent spread of Delta and protect others.
4. CDC recommends that community leaders encourage vaccination and masking to prevent further outbreaks in areas of substantial and high transmission.
5. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place. Click here to read full article. 

Governor Rescinds Executive Order and Pharmacy Staffing Directive

COVID-19 Information for Pharmacy – Updated 7/14/2021

  • Governor Rescinds Executive Order and Pharmacy Staffing Directive; PREP Act Authority Remains

On June 30, 2021, Governor Gianforte rescinded Executive Order 2-2021 related to COVID-19.  The pharmacy directive issued 3-30-2021 is also rescinded regarding pharmacy staffing for COVID-19 vaccinations.  The pharmacy technician ratio for COVID-19 vaccinations is no longer waived and compliance with the 1:4 pharmacist to technician ratio is in place, as outlined in ARM 24.174.711.

Montana continues to recognize federal PREP Act authorities for vaccinations and testing by pharmacists, pharmacy interns, and pharmacy technicians.  Pharmacies may continue to implement federal PREP Act authorization for: 

  • Pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 vaccines and childhood vaccines recommended by ACIP;
  • Pharmacy interns and qualified pharmacy technicians to administer COVID-19 vaccines and childhood vaccines recommended by ACIP under the supervision of a qualified pharmacist; and
  • Pharmacists, interns, and qualified pharmacy technicians to administer COVID-19 tests.

Big Sky Care Connect Upcoming Informational Webinars

Big Sky Care Connect (BSCC) is Montana's statewide solution to bring the healthcare continuum together to provide high quality, patient-centric care.  BSCC recognizes that Montana pharmacists spend a fair amount of time obtaining necessary patient information to complete medication reconciliation following transitions of care and to clarify information on new and modified prescriptions.  BSCC enables the secure sharing of vital healthcare information to provide online access to comprehensive information about patient’s medication history along with pertinent medical information, i.e. lab results, diagnoses list.

Please join Montana Pharmacy Association and Big Sky Care Connect for an informative webinar to learn how the statewide HIE can assist YOU, our Montana pharmacists, to improve the speed, quality, safety, coordination and cost of patient care.  We will share information about BSCC, current participants, and how you can join our growing network to gain access to the data.  We will also have a live demonstration of the HIE.

If you have any questions about the webinar, please contact Ahyoung Huff at [email protected] or 406-293-1593.

WEBINAR DATES:

August 31: 8:00 am – 8:45 am
September 1: 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
September 2: 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm

To register for the webinar, please click here!


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Welcome to the Montana Pharmacy Association

Since its establishment in 1890, the Montana Pharmacy Association (MPA) has been the leading advocate and voice in representing the interest of pharmacy professionals across the Big Sky. Membership in the MPA covers the entire spectrum of pharmacy practice settings and includes student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. The Association’s vision is echoed by all MPA members: A unified pharmacy profession, recognized as preeminent in patient care.

Please take the time to become familiar with the many features on the website that will support you professionally, describe our money saving benefits, inform you of federal and state legislation and regulations, highlight continuing education opportunities, provide useful links to resources, and more.

Stuart Doggett, Executive Director
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Mission Statement

The mission of the Montana Pharmacy Association is to advance public health and maximize positive patient outcomes by providing innovation and leadership, and advocating for the professional interests of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, students and ancillary pharmacy personnel.

Vision
A unified pharmacy profession, recognized as preeminent in patient care.

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