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Pharmacy on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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From day one, members of the pharmacy profession have been on the front lines of healthcare’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These are just some of their stories. Submit your story today.
Amy Abdelmalek

Amy Abdelmalek

Public health and community services are all about making a difference in people's lives and providing them with all the care and security that they need.
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Caroline M. Mejías-De Jesús

Caroline Mejias-De Jesus

Being able to offer oral chemotherapy education to the patients while they are at home has been crucial for patient care and has decreased the uncertainty of cancer care during current times.
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Michael Palkimas

The rise of the COVID-19 pandemic did not prevent us from providing life-saving medications and pharmacy services to our unique population of patients.
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Muhammad Amir

Muhammad Amir

It was identified that pharmacists’ roles have to be enhanced from simple dispensing to clinical.
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Reem Motan

Overall, this pandemic made me aware that going the extra mile to help our patients and colleges can help improve the lives of others.
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Ruchira Kumar

Ruchira Kumar

The central pharmacy is the backbone for all other pharmacy operations in the institution. We were tasked with rapidly redesigning workflow and supplying the necessary medications to care for the surge of patients with COVID-19.
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Blake Barlow

Blake Barlow

Without our residents, it would have been exceedingly difficult to provide adequate pharmacy clinical coverage to all patients due to the acute increase in patient volume at MGH.
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Joseph D Antonio

Joseph D'Antonio

I understood the risks of entering the ambulatory surgery building, and knew that the only thing keeping me safe was the PPE I had donned at the start of my shift.
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Sharon King

Sharon King O'Harrow

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many new challenges to our working environment.
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Ken Chen

Ken Chen

With additional skills in biostatistics, epidemiology, and evidence-based medicine, pharmacists can contribute greatly to the pandemic like other healthcare professionals do.
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Debra Goff

Debra Goff

I am proud to work with my colleagues to provide COVID-19 education while also raising awareness of the value of clinical pharmacists.
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Laura Truhlar

Laura Truhlar

This experience demonstrates the essential role of the pharmacist, and reminded me why I became a board certified critical care pharmacist – to provide the best care possible for our patients who need it the most.
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Nick Mercuro

Nick Mercuro

While most patients received the medication in the context of clinical trials, the antimicrobial stewardship team was able to have a 10,000 foot view of all the patients. It was through this unique perspective that Nick Mercuro was able to identify a cluster of adverse reactions and wondered if there were larger implications.
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Mehrnaz Sadrolashrafi

Mehrnaz Sadrolashrafi

As a recent graduate fresh out of critical care residency training, I never thought I would be getting ready to work in the front line of a national pandemic only a couple of months after the end of my residency training.
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Evan Mulvihill

Evan Mulvihill

It was my job to take care of patients before a pandemic befell us. And it is a job that I truly love.
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Marie D'Angelo

Marie D'Angelo

As the pandemic continues, pharmacists have the unique opportunity to communicate with patients and collaborate with providers to ensure that worse health outcomes do not occur during this crisis.
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Madison Stanley

Madison Stanley

I am grateful to have had this opportunity to not only educate, but ease the fears of patients in a rural population.
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Duaa Salem Jawhar

The COVID-19 pandemic has helped us realize the importance of cooperation and harmonization between different individuals from different specialties to reach the best patient care journey.
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Renna Marwan Sakka

Renna Marwan Sakka

During these stressful times, change has impacted the didactic and clinical curriculum of pharmacy students across the globe.
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Victor Perez

Victor Perez

What this experience showed me was that no matter whether you are a professional in practice or a student in school, you can have a major impact on others during these troubling times.
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Amber Lanae Martirosov

Amber Lanae Martirosov

I am proud of how quickly we modified our clinical practice and leveraged trainees to conduct such a wide outreach for our patients.
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Umair Ansari

Umair Uddin Ansari

A patient was transferred to the COVID-19 ICU and was taking an oral chemotherapy drug, ibrutinib, that was recommended to be continued while admitted.
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Philip Bassett

Philip Bassett

Pharmacy Services at Intermountain Healthcare in Utah operates three anticoagulation specialty clinics. These clinics care for approximately 1,800 anticoagulated patients across Utah and surrounding states.
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Patricia Christopherson, Maria Hankes, Karen Klosinski, Kaia Zepke

Our group of emergency room pharmacists at Aspirus Wausau Hospital stepped up when COVID-19 hit Wisconsin, working side-by-side with the emergency room team.
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Heena Patel

I am proud to say to date, we activated 13 SARS-CoV-2 clinical trials and enrolled upwards of 141 patients.
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Brian Cross

Brian Cross

After the dust settles with COVID-19, ambulatory care pharmacists in the East Tennessee region will come out of this stronger than they were before ...
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Kush Patel

Kush Patel

He truly went beyond what was expected of the pharmacy staff, let alone a student on a rotation.
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Catherine Li

Catherine Li

Performing patient outreach after discharge allowed the pharmacist to assess the real-world situation.
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Kim Schwab

In March, we knew very little about COVID-19. Scratch that, we still know very little about it.
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Leeanne Mobayed

Though rural, COVID-19 has spread rapidly throughout Navajo Nation surpassing the infection rate in several hot-spots ...
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Yale New Haven Health

Yale New Haven Health

I am immensely proud of this team’s collaborative efforts in caring for patients and each other during the pandemic.
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Roger Woolf

Roger Woolf

The state of Washington was an early epicenter for the outbreak, and we experienced an immediate impact on how healthcare was provided.
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Linda Rosen

Linda Rosen

Everyone on the pharmacy team stepped up to meet the challenge.
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Natalie Madere

Natalie Madere

I was looking for a way to spread joy for our patients, doctors, nursing staff, and other colleagues during a very stressful time working the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Jessica Bianco

Jessica Bianco

I am proud of the fact that we made the safety of our ambulatory team and our patients are first priority and did so very quickly.
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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Melanie Berry, Monica Mahoney, and Nicole Francisco

Through their proactive outreach, the team was able to ensure that all patients were able to obtain adequate supply or be switched to an updated regimen, and no patient experienced a lapse in therapy.
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Katelyn Smith

Katelyn Smith

COVID-19 has forced practice shifts throughout many areas of our healthcare system, including ambulatory care clinics.
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Svetlana Fortel

Svetlana Fortel

Someday the most important question of one's career ... is going to be what did you do during COVID-19 pandemic?
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William Amarquaye

William Amarquaye

Pharmacists all around the globe are working hard on the front lines during this pandemic to make sure our patients are safe and their medication therapy is optimized during this time.
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Madeline Acquilano

Madeline Acquilano

I was on my Critical Care II rotation and I began to see everything rapidly change around me.
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Michael Peters

Michael Peters

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted so many areas across the globe, and the city of Indianapolis and Marion County in Indiana were not spared from this impact.
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Daryl Schilling

Daryl Schiller

Obtaining medications and supplying them were critical tasks in the midst of national medication shortages and the fast pace of newly created patient care areas.
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Shan Wang

Shan Wang

I rounded every day with our surgical ICU team to take care of critically ill COVID-19 patients since the pandemic started.
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Nancy Palamara

Nancy Palamara

My community hospital had seven positive or suspected COVID-19 patients in our medical ICU of 19 bed. Weeks later that seemed like nothing.
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Radhika Polisetty

Radhika S. Polisetty

One of the biggest challenges facing the medical teams was the lack of any set of guidelines on how to manage these patients.
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