• ACTION ALERT: Urge Congressional Action to Fully Utilize Pharmacists in COVID-19 Legislation!

    Jul 20, 2020
    AmerisourceBergen (ABC) and Good Neighbor Pharmacy (GNP) continue to engage with Members of Congress on pharmacy priorities including empowering pharmacists to be able to provide and be reimbursed for COVID-19 testing and vaccination once available.
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  • New GNP Connect Podcast Episode: Advocating for Independent Pharmacy During COVID-19

    Jun 16, 2020
    AmerisourceBergen Government Affairs team members Beth Mitchell (Senior Director, Government Affairs) and Ashley O’Sullivan (Senior Manager, Legislation & Policy) recently recorded a Good Neighbor Pharmacy Connect podcast to discuss all things advocacy for independent pharmacies.
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  • Needed PPP Flexibility & Changes Signed into Law

    Jun 05, 2020
    On Wednesday 6/3, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the House passed Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act, which provides key changes to the existing Payment Protection Program (PPP). President Trump signed the PPP Flexibility Act into law on 6/5. AmerisourceBergen and Good Neighbor Pharmacy are very pleased that Congress acted to make necessary changes to PPP.
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  • Expansion of Authority for Pharmacists to Test/Vaccinate for COVID-19 – CA & MN Successes

    Jun 02, 2020
    Recently, the California Department of Consumer Affairs issued an Order to allow approximately 6,500 licensed pharmacies in the state to begin performing COVID19 tests without having to coordinate with a patient’s diagnosing or primary care provider. The Order waives sections of California’s Business and Professions Code that interfere with pharmacists’ ability to authorize tests for COVID 19, including a waiver of provisions that would prevent pharmacists from physically collecting the specimens.
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  • HHS Issues New Testing Guidance

    May 29, 2020
    Office of the General Counsel (OGC) whether the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act preempts state licensing laws that restrict the ability of pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 diagnostic tests where the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has expressly authorized pharmacists, under the PREP Act, to order and administer those tests
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  • GNP Joins 240+ Stakeholders Urging Congress to Act Now on DIR Fee Reform

    May 11, 2020
    On Thursday, May 7, a letter signed by Good Neighbor Pharmacy (GNP) and more than 240 patient and provider groups, trade associations, and healthcare companies, was sent to Congressional leadership urging immediate action on DIR fee reform. Link to letter in the article.
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  • Bipartisan Push in Congress for DIR Fee Relief in Future COVID-19 Legislation

    Apr 29, 2020
    On Monday, April 27, a bipartisan letter was sent to U.S. House and Senate leadership urging for the inclusion of pharmacy DIR reform in the next COVID-19 relief package. The bipartisan House letter, led by Reps. Buddy Carter (R-GA), Peter Welch (D-VT), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), John Rose (R-TN), Vicente Gonzales (D-TX), and Doug Collins (R-GA), garnered 115 signers in the House of Representatives, the most number of signatures ever on a DIR fee focused Congressional letter.
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  • ADPC Calls for States to Allow Pharmacists to Vaccinate

    Apr 28, 2020
    As scientists are working around the clock to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, GNP and ABC are collaborating with ADPC members to call on states to remove barriers that prevent pharmacists from administering vaccines. Learn more here and read a letter the coalition recently sent to HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, Admiral Brett Giroir, M.D.
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  • Take Action Now to Ensure That California Independent Pharmacists Can Provide COVID-19 Testing

    Apr 24, 2020
    On April 8th the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made the historic decision to allow pharmacists to order and administer FDA approved COVID-19 tests. Empowering pharmacists to test for COVID-19 is a policy GNP and ABC have advocated for, and we are pleased to see this recent HHS guidance. However, in California pharmacists are still unable to administer COVID-19 tests due to existing state restrictions.
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  • Commend Gov. Cuomo and Unlock COVID-19 Testing Opportunities

    Apr 24, 2020
    On April 8th the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made the historic decision to allow pharmacists to order and administer FDA approved COVID-19 tests. Empowering pharmacists to test for COVID-19 is a policy GNP and ABC have advocated for, and we are pleased to see this recent HHS guidance. However, in New York pharmacists are still unable to administer COVID-19 tests due to existing state restrictions.
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