THE THIRD AMENDMENT TO THE HHS SECRETARY'S DECLARATION UNDER THE PREP ACT FOR MEDICAL COUNTERMEASURES AGAINST COVID-19
On August 24, 2020, HHS Secretary Azar issued a third amendment to his Declaration authorized under the PREP Act ("Declaration") that allows pharmacists to order and administer, and pharmacy interns to administer, ACIP-recommended vaccines to children ages 3 and older in accordance with certain requirements set forth in the Declaration. The Declaration preempts any conflicting State law that restricts the ability of pharmacists and interns to order and administer such vaccines; however, it also includes additional requirements not currently mandated in Maryland.
In the event that a pharmacist wishes to engage in the expanded scope of practice permitted under the Declaration, it is strongly encouraged that the pharmacist obtain professional consultation to ensure compliance with the various requirements contained in the Declaration. Information regarding specific ACIP-recommended vaccines or the Maryland Vaccine Registry (ImmuNet), can be found on the Department of Health, Center for Immunization's website (https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/OIDEOR/IMMUN).
May 19, 2020 Announcement:
May 15, 2020 Announcement:
Maryland Board of Pharmacy Guidance on FDA Temporary Compounding policy
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