Week in Review: Older Adults Have Unique Challenges, Needs During COVID-19 Pandemic

Top news of the week from Pharmacy Times surrounding the novel coronavirus.

Top news of the week from Pharmacy Times surrounding the novel coronavirus.

5. Federal Guidance Allowing Pharmacists to Provide COVID-19 Testing Applauded by Health Care Leaders

US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar released a statement on how the authorization for pharmacists will mean easier access for patients who need COVID-19 testing. Read more.

4. Addressing COVID-19 in Rural, Community Pharmacies

Our chief pharmacy editor, Troy Trygstad, PharmD, MBA, PhD, discusses various challenges and opportunities for pharmacists in rural areas during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

3. FDA Eases Restrictions on Blood Donations by Men Who Have Sex with Men

FDA updates guidelines after man who recently recovered from COVID-19 was told that he could not donate blood for 12 months because he takes Truvada as a pre-exposure prophylaxis treatment. Read more.

2. School Closures’ Impact on Health Care Workforce May Affect COVID-19 Mortality

School closures during the COVID-19 epidemic raises unique challenges regarding the benefits weighed against the costs of resulting health care worker absenteeism. Read more.

1. Older Adults Have Unique Challenges, Needs During COVID-19 Pandemic

In addition to differing symptom presentations and health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, caretakers and medical professionals should be aware of older adults’ mental and emotional health. Read more.