Relax Pharmacy Regulations to Help with COVID-19 Testing and Treatment

7 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2020

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James Broughel

George Mason University - Mercatus Center

Yuliya Yatsyshina


Date Written: March 27, 2020


One of the most urgent challenges facing policymakers managing the current COVID-19 public health crisis is how to ramp up diagnostic testing on a mass scale. Companies such as Walgreens, CVS, and Target have already started working with the federal government, as their locations are well-suited to become testing sites. As a result, pharmacies and pharmacists themselves are likely to become instrumental in testing for COVID-19 in the coming weeks and months. However, certain regulatory restrictions on pharmacists should be relaxed so that they can practice to the full extent of their training and abilities.

Keywords: pharmacy; regulation; pharmacist; healthcare; coronavirus; coronavirus pandemic; COVID-19; public health; economics

JEL Classification: H75, I00, I13, I18

Suggested Citation

Broughel, James and Yatsyshina, Yuliya, Relax Pharmacy Regulations to Help with COVID-19 Testing and Treatment (March 27, 2020). Mercatus Center Research Paper Series, Special Edition Policy Brief (2020), Available at SSRN: or

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