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COVID-19 testing

CVS establishes 1,000 COVID-19 test sites across the country

CVS establishes 1,000 COVID-19 test sites across the country

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Delivering on a commitment the company made in April, CVS Health announced it will open an additional COVID-19 test sites at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations on Friday, May 29 to establish a total of 1,000 sites across more than 30 states and Washington, DC. “It’s no small feat to operationalize 1,000 test sites in weeks

NCPA praises N.Y. testing pilot including independent community pharmacies

NCPA praises N.Y. testing pilot including independent community pharmacies

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — During his daily press conference on the coronavirus pandemic, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a COVID-19 testing pilot program that will involve independent pharmacies and have the goal of conducting 7,000 tests per week. The pilot is coordinating with the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York and with the state’s network of CPESN clinically integrated pharmacies. The National Community Pharmacists Association,

HHS advisory opinion further supports pharmacist-provided COVID-19 testing: Federal action preempts state, local policies

HHS advisory opinion further supports pharmacist-provided COVID-19 testing: Federal action preempts state, local policies

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) is welcoming an important advisory opinion issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that was requested by NACDS, member companies and individual pharmacists. The opinion states powerfully that federal law, along with Executive Branch actions, “preempts any state or local requirement that prohibits

CVS opening 36 new drive-thru test sites in New York

CVS opening 36 new drive-thru test sites in New York

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Building on the company’s comprehensive efforts to help slow the spread of the virus, on Friday, May 22 CVS Health will open 36 new COVID-19 test sites at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations across New York. The opening of additional test sites across the state and country will be announced by the end of

CVS Health remains committed to testing

CVS Health remains committed to testing

WOONSOCKET, R.I. —Building on the company’s comprehensive efforts to help slow the spread of the virus, on Friday, May 15 CVS Health will open more than 50 COVID-19 test sites at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations across Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. The opening of hundreds of additional test sites across the country will

Research from University of Washington shows high performance of Abbott’s SARS-CoV-2 antibody blood test

Research from University of Washington shows high performance of Abbott’s SARS-CoV-2 antibody blood test

ABBOTT PARK, Ill. — Abbott announced on Friday new research, published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, which found that its SARS-CoV-2 IgG lab-based serology blood test had 99.9% specificity and 100% sensitivity for detecting the IgG antibody in patients 17 days or more after symptoms began. Independent research was conducted by University of Washington School of

Rite Aid significantly expands COVID-19 testing

Rite Aid significantly expands COVID-19 testing

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid  announced that it will significantly expand its COVID-19 testing effort with the addition of 46 no-charge testing sites, most of which will operate through its stores’ drive-through windows, beginning May 11, 2020. Rite Aid is also expanding COVID-19 testing criteria at all testing sites to include adults who are

Retailers meet at the White House to accelerate COVID-19 testing

Retailers meet at the White House to accelerate COVID-19 testing

 Entrenched assumptions about the role of community pharmacy are being uprooted by the COVID-19 crisis, and leaders of five of the nation’s largest retailers accelerated the process earlier this week during a meeting with President Trump and the Coronavirus Task Force at the White House. The executives were there to lend support to the public-private

Rite Aid COVID-19 testing criteria expanded

Rite Aid COVID-19 testing criteria expanded

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid  expanded COVID-19 testing criteria to include all individuals 18 and older exhibiting any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. Rite Aid currently offers self-swab testing sites at 25 store locations

Health Mart teams up to enable drive-through testing

Health Mart teams up to enable drive-through testing

FORT WORTH, Texas — U.S.-based healthcare technology company eTrueNorth is enabling new drive-through COVID-19 testing sites that are opening daily in partnership with a growing list of national pharmacy chains that include Walmart, The Kroger Co., and McKesson’s Health Mart. Work to begin this public-private partnership began on March 13 and includes funding by the

Pharmacy front and center at the White House and in service to nation with other health care heroes

Pharmacy front and center at the White House and in service to nation with other health care heroes

WASHINGTON – At the White House yesterday, NACDS chairman of the board Richard Ashworth, president of Walgreens, lauded the dedication and professionalism of pharmacists serving in communities throughout the nation. Remarks of Ashworth and of the leaders of four other NACDS member companies signaled ongoing expansion of COVID-19 testing through public-private partnerships, and were delivered