Editor-in-Chief Hatice Kübra Elçioğlu Vice Editors Levent Kabasakal Esra Tatar Online ISSN 2630-6344 Publisher Marmara University Frequency Bimonthly (Six issues / year) Abbreviation J.Res.Pharm. Former Name Marmara Pharmaceutical Journal
Journal of Research in Pharmacy 2021 , Vol 25 , Issue 6
The role of community pharmacists during the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S.
Mehmed Bulend UGUR1,Irem Tutku ASLANBAY1,Zeynep Sena MUS1
1Turkish American Pharmacists Association, President, NJ, USA
2Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydinlar University, Atasehir 34684 Istanbul, Turkey
3Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Health Sciences, Uskudar 34668 Istanbul, Turkey
DOI : 10.29228/jrp.77 Coronavirus pandemic started to spread in the U.S.A. with a few cases from February 2020, causing a national health crisis with the number of cases exceeding 30 million in June 2021. To improve the situation during the crisis, new regulations regarding community pharmacies were made and innovative solutions were introduced to protect public health. Community pharmacists, who are the most accessible healthcare professionals, have assumed new roles and responsibilities including COVID-19 testing and vaccination. The scale and way pharmacists' potential are used have played an important role in determining the fate of the COVID pandemic in the U.S.A. The purpose of this article is to address the expanding job descriptions and sacrifices of community pharmacists in the COVID-19 era from a holistic perspective. Keywords : COVID-19; community pharmacy; public health; U.S.A. health care system, COVID-19 pandemic
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