During this National Emergency the Diversion Control Division will continue to work with its Federal partners, DEA registrants, and their representative association to assure that there is an adequate supply of controlled substances in the United States. The DEA will also work to assure that patients will have access to controlled substances.
On March 16, 2020, the DEA published a COVID-19 Information Page on the Diversion Control Divisions Web Site. This page contains important guidance concerning COVID-19 and the national drug supply, electronic prescribing of controlled substances, telemedicine, medicated assisted treatment, and other important federal and state information. This site will be updated frequently as new information and guidance is issued. Please check back frequently for further information.
The COVID-19 pandemic is an ever-evolving situation. At NHPA will do our best to keep our members advised of information that is relevant to pharmacy practice in NH. Please check out our website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
Based on these emergency provisions, pharmacists may refill maintenance medication prescriptions that are out of refills for a 90-day supply WITHOUT the authorization of the provider.
CDC recommends that people contact their healthcare provider to obtain extra medications in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in the community and people need to stay home for a prolonged period of time. As a result, medical offices are being inundated with refill requests from patients. Pharmacists can reduce this burden by following this emergency provision.
This is also a key time to stress medication adherence with your patients that have underlying medical conditions. According to CDC, COVID-19 illness may be more severe in individuals with certain underlying medical conditions especially if they are not well controlled.
Governor Sununu issued emergency orders that allow pharmacies and pharmacists to compound and sell hand sanitizer over-the-counter.
NHPA has created a COVID-19 forum for our members. If you are interested in this service and are a current member of NHPA, please sign up at our website . You can use this forum to communicate with other pharmacists and technicians in the state.
Request for Healthcare Professional Volunteers – COVID19 Response
The NH Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS), along with the Office of Professional Licensure and Certification (OPLC) are looking for healthcare professionals to volunteer. Those healthcare professionals who are not currently working in a healthcare facility and who may be furloughed, retired or otherwise interested in helping with the COVID-19 response are needed by the community.
Our community is prepared to facilitate a response to the surge, we are asking for all available healthcare professionals to assist. Responsibilities may include direct or indirect care of existing or new patients in a variety of settings. If you are able to respond, please go tonhresponds.organd complete the brief registration process. In this unprecedented, rapidly evolving situation, we thank you for your consideration to aid the State’s effort to continue to protect and serve NH residents.
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Association is to promote, enhance, and advance
pharmacy practice, in the State of New Hampshire by advocating for the
professional interests of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, student
pharmacists, and ancillary pharmacy personnel as well as to advocate for the
health and welfare of the general public.