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With Pharmacies Authorized to Provide Children’s Vaccines, Community Care Rx (CCRx) Addresses Concerns from Pediatricians and Anti-Vaccers | NEWS-Line for School and Community Healthcare Professionals
 


With Pharmacies Authorized to Provide Children’s Vaccines, Community Care Rx (CCRx) Addresses Concerns from Pediatricians and Anti-Vaccers


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Out of concern about declining rates of childhood vaccinations during the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) took steps in August to increase access to and improve vaccination rates of children ages 3 – 18 by allowing licensed pharmacists to administer vaccines to children.

For Community Care Rx (CCRx), it was welcome news, as this regional pharmacy could play a role in helping to prevent spreadable diseases such as measles, polio, diphtheria, whooping cough, rubella and mumps.

However, the measure has rankled some pediatricians. The American Academy of Pediatrics and 44 of its chapters are asking federal officials to rescind the decision to allow licensed pharmacists to administer vaccines to children. The Academy has stated that children should be vaccinated with a pediatrician they know and trust.

Addressing Pediatricians’ Concerns

“Utilizing a pharmacist as an immunizer does not deprive children of medical care,” said Susan DiGregorio, BS Pharm, MS, Rph, Director of Clinical Pharmacy Development, Community Care Rx. “On the contrary, it opens up additional places for families to go to obtain vaccines. The pharma-patient relationship is important and is by no means a threat to the wonderful work of pediatricians.”

DiGregorio points out that state registries now keep all clinicians up to date regarding where and when a child received immunizations, which takes away concern that a child might miss a vaccine.

“The pharmacist is an educated, experienced clinician who can provide superb clinical guidance,” DiGregorio added. “Children have to go to pediatricians for yearly physicals. Just as they get to know and trust their pediatrician, they can know and trust their pharmacist.”

Collaboration Is Key

The role of pharmacists in healthcare is getting more attention, especially since licensed pharmacists have been authorized by HHS to administer the widely anticipated Covid-19 vaccination once it is approved.

“Both the current state and the future of medicine is a collaborative approach,” said DiGregorio. “At CCRx, we believe that having pharmacies serve as an extra resource for vaccination administration will improve healthcare. Everybody wins using this multi-disciplinary approach.”

Addressing Anti-Vaccine Controversy

The anti-vaccine movement has raised concerns that giving children too many vaccines will weaken their immune systems.

“Diseases have not disappeared and, sadly, children are more likely to die from an actual disease than from getting vaccinated,” said DiGregorio, noting that there are still cases of measles, diphtheria and polio being reported.

According to the CDC, more than 15,000 Americans died from diphtheria in 1921, before there was a vaccine. The CDC reports that between 2004 and 2014 only two cases have been reported.

“The more people get vaccinated, the less opportunity these diseases have to spread,” she said.

About Community Care Rx (CCRx):

Community Care Rx, Inc. is a unique Long-Term Care pharmacy, qualified to provide comprehensive pharmacy services (including IV services, DME and Specialty Pharmacy) to various types of organizations. There is no other pharmacy that can match our combination of experience and dedication to creating a personalized experience per facility by creating a custom-tailored program based on needs. CCRX has had over 25 years of experience. Our ability to take on large pieces of business in an organized manner with no disruption to our clients and the patients they serve has been clearly documented. CCRX provides Pharmacy Services to many facilities. Our breadth and depth of experience is unmatched in the institutional pharmacy arena.

Bio:

Susan DiGregorio, BS Pharm, MS, Rph, Director of Clinical Pharmacy Development, Community Care Rx, is a licensed pharmacist. At CCRx, she provides guidance on clinical pharmacy services and works with the development and implementation of the Continuum of Care/Transition of Care Program. She is also associated with Guardian Consulting Services, which is a long-term care consulting company. She began her career at CVS, where she worked for nearly 10 years.

Source: Community Care Rx (CCRx)






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