Relax Pharmacy Regulations to Help with COVID-19 Testing and Treatment
7 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2020
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
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