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Colorado Agencies Monitoring Drug Shortage Concerns as DEA Takes Steps to Increase Production

Posted: April 7, 2020

DENVER (KDVR) – The Colorado Hospital Association and the Colorado Pharmacists Society are monitoring concerns from hospitals about the availability of drugs used to place patients on ventilators in Colorado.

“As the numbers (of COVID-19 cases) keep increasing, the concern gets higher and higher,” Emily Zadvorny, the executive director of the Colorado Pharmacists Society, said.

Sedatives and pain killers like fentanyl, hydromorphone and morphine are on the FDA shortage list, said Zadvorny. Other drugs used to help sedate and reduce pain for ventilated patients include ketamine, propofol, precedex, lorazepam and midazolam, she said.

In Colorado, “nobody has run out, per se,” said Zadvorny. “The medical and pharmacy staff (are) working together for alternatives to the standard of care. So, (we’re) looking at - can we use a different medication? Can we compound any medications? Can we use something different? But just grave concern that's there’s very limited supplies."

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FOX 31 Article: Lupus Patients Nervous Over Run on Trump-dubbed ‘Game-Changer’ COVID-19 Drugs

Posted: March 27, 2020

Check out the article below, featuring CPS Executive Director, Emily Zadvorny, which covers the prescribing of hydroxychloroquine and prescribing in Colorado. 


DENVER (KDVR) -- Patients who use the medication hydroxychloroquine to combat debilitating symptoms associated with lupus or rheumatoid arthritis say they’re worried about a potential shortage of the medication after President Donald Trump suggested it could be possibly a “game-changer” in the fight against COVID-19...

On Thursday, the Colorado Pharmacists Society sent a letter to the governor, asking for limitations on how the prescriptions are dispensed.

“A lot of states are doing this,” said Emily Zadvorny, the group’s executive director. “What we are asking for is that if there are prescriptions for these medications that they indicate on the prescription that they have a legitimate medical purpose and what that diagnosis is."

“We’re also asking to not start new prescriptions for those medications, but if they are being continued before March 8, 2020, then they can continue those," she added.

Zadvorny said any prescriptions written for COVID-19 patients should only be dispensed to patients who have recently been hospitalized.

“There is a little bit of evidence, again, in the truly sick people, that his might be part of a treatment algorithm. So those are the things we’re asking for in our letter to the governor’s office,” she said.


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CPS Signs on to a Letter to CMS 

Posted: January 20, 2020

 Along with many top national organizations, the Colorado Pharmacists Society signs on to a letter to CMS to help pharmacists practice at the top of their training, education and license!  Read it below!


Letter to CMS



As with Birth Control, Colorado Makes Anti-Smoking Drugs Available at Pharmacies — No Doctor Visit Required

Posted: September 19, 2018

It’s about to get easier to quit smoking in Colorado!

People now can skip the doctor’s office and go straight to a pharmacy to get prescription medication — pills, nasal sprays and inhalers — to help them quit smoking. The new statewide prescription protocol is the second in Colorado, following approval last year for pharmacists to prescribe birth-control pills and patches.

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Colorado Bill Would Reimburse Certain Pharmacists’ Services

Posted: May 1, 2018

President-Elect Gina Moore featured in May bulletin of APhA's Pharmacy Today regarding 

The legislation provides an opportunity for pharmacists to bill and be reimbursed for nondispensing services and expands access for patients in rural communities. Newly covered nondispensing services include provision of contraception services, immunizations, and smoking cessation.


“Particularly in rural areas in our state—of which there are many—there’s oftentimes one or two primary care providers in a county. Patients often have to wait for periods of time to see their providers,” said Gina Moore, PharmD, MBA, assistant dean for clinical and professional affairs and associate professor of clinical pharmacy at University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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