In the News | Demand at pharmacies ramps up as COVID-19 vaccine booster shots approved


AURORA, Colo. — As booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine gets approved for more groups of people, demand for the shot is climbing back up at pharmacies – and today, an FDA panel gave its initial green light Tuesday recommending Pfizer's vaccine to children ages 5 to 11. 

The expansion to groups eligible for booster shots and additional efforts to get people their first doses of the vaccine has increased demand from both locally-owned and retail chain pharmacies administering boosters. 

"We had seen a little bit of kind of that lull where people who had wanted the vaccine was starting to even off, or even decrease," said Emily Zadvorny, the executive director of the Colorado Pharmacists Society and clinical associate professor for the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy.

"But you know, now that we have the boosters for not only immunocompromised people, but pretty much for a lot of the population that we saw in our high-risk populations and older populations be able to get the boosters, that's bringing all that same rush back into the pharmacies," she said. 

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2021 CPS Virtual Annual Meeting Session Recordings Now Available For CE

We realize that everyone could not make it to the Annual Meeting. The nice thing about virtual is it’s flexibility!  We are pleased to be able to offer you up to 2.8 hours of CE from our recent 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting. You can select ala carte, as each CE is offered individually. We hope you will take advantage! The CEs can be done anytime, anywhere. The details of the speakers, topics and pricing is found below.

To access the CE information, recording, and slides, fill out the registration form for each session. You'll then receive a confirmation message AND email with the CE instructions and information to obtain your credits!  

Pricing Per Session: 

.3 CE Sessions: Members: $5.00 | Non-Members: $7.00 
1 CE Session: Members: $15.00 | Non-Members: $20.00 

Sessions include:

  • Heart Failure Therapeutic Updates (.3 CE)
  • Weighing In: DOAC Use in Obesity (.3 CE)
  • 2021 Colorado Legislative Overview (1 CE)
  • IGNITE! Session: Knowing When to Call it Quits: Swapping P2Y12 Inhibitors (.3 CE)
  • IGNITE! Session: MAID (Medical Aid in Dying) (.3 CE)
  • IGNITE! Session: What Preceptors Need to Know About Pharmacy Schools' Co-Curriculum (.3 CE)
  • IGNITE! Session: Digging into Diversity: Definitions, Desires, and Dangers (.3 CE)
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2021 CPS Annual Business Meeting Recordings

Recordings from the Annual Business Meeting that took place on Friday, June 4, 2021 are now available. Click on the recordings below...




Colorado Pharmacists Face the Threat of Burnout

Posted: May 14, 2021

“The pandemic has been a tale of two realities for us,” says Emily Zadvorny, a clinical pharmacist and the executive director of the Colorado Pharmacists Society. (She also teaches at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy.) Although pharmacists were busy during the early days of the pandemic—especially since they were often the only health care provider open—Zadvorny says the industry has experienced its own “surge” over the past three to four months during the vaccination rollout.

“Across the country, pharmacists have delivered millions of vaccines on top of what pharmacists and techs do every day,” Zadvorny says. While that has engendered a lot of pride across the professional community, pharmacy workers in many settings are also experiencing severe burnout.

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Opinion: A State Prescription Drug Affordability Board Puts Pharmacies, Access to Medication at Risk

Posted: April 15, 2021

Executive Director Emily Zadvorny shares an opinion piece in The Denver Post. Read an excerpt below and click on the button to read the whole article!

"Many Coloradans struggle to pay for their prescription drugs. Sixty-six percent of all adults in the United State use prescription drugs; use is higher for older adults and patients with chronic conditions. While medications are vital to improving health, medications may be extremely costly.

Advances in technology and new drug therapies have contributed to the increased cost of health care. As a pharmacist, I see the impact of drug costs on patients first-hand. While I applaud the Colorado legislature for taking on the issue of drug affordability, I have serious concerns about aspects of Senate Bill 175, which creates the Prescription Drug Affordability Review Board. This bill is intended to cap the price of certain high-cost drugs, but it may severely limit medication access for Coloradans."

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