Maine Medicine Weekly Update - Maine Medicine Weekly Update: 12/24/2021  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE MMA
•  Enjoy The Holidays, Our Weekly Newsletter & Thank You For All You Do
COVID-19 CORNER
•  FDA Updates: Pfizer & Merck Oral Antivirals Authorized; Omicron & Monoclonal Antibodies
•  Maine CDC Updates & Guidance
•  Reminder: Everyone Ages 16 and Older Can Get a Booster Shot
•  US CDC Reduces Time for Health Care Workers to Isolate & Updates School Guidelines
•  English Study: Booster Shots Protect Against Omicron for About 10 Weeks
•  Patients Vaccinated for COVID-19 Have Shorter Hospital Stays Than Unvaccinated Patients
•  JAMA Internal Medicine - Illness Severity With SARS-CoV-2 Infection, Delta vs Beta Variant
•  US Supreme Court to Take Up Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Rules
WHAT'S NOT COVID RELATED
•  CDC: Physicians Should Discuss Meds to Reduce HIV Risk
•  HHS: $48 Million Available to Increase the Public Health Workforce in Rural and Tribal Communities
•  MaineCare: Payment Cycle Reminder: Christmas and New Year's Day Holidays
IN THE NEWS
•  Medicine in the Media
•  Walgreens Pharmacy Hours Change: Call Ahead Before Picking Up Your Medication
MAINE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION JOB OPPORTUNITY
•  Maine Medical Education Trust (MMET) CME Program Coordinator
HEALTH COVERAGE
•  Open Enrollment For 2022 Individual Health Plans
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  Governorís Opioid Response Seminar Webinar Series Continues (Jan 7)
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) - Greater Portland Health
•  Transformational OB/GYN or Maternal Fetal Medicine Physician leader

 

Walgreens Pharmacy Hours Change: Call Ahead Before Picking Up Your Medication

According to a MaineCare bulletin, Walgreens has cut back their pharmacy hours at some of their locations. This may make it difficult for your patients to get medications filled by the pharmacy. Their Walgreens pharmacy may be closed on one or both weekend days.

According to a MaineCare bulletin, Walgreens has cut back their pharmacy hours at some of their locations. This may make it difficult for your patients to get medications filled by the pharmacy. Their Walgreens pharmacy may be closed on one or both weekend days.

Patients may need to call the pharmacy before going into the store to make sure it is open. Locate store hours and store phone numbers on Walgreen's website.

OPTIONS:

If they cannot pick up your medication because the store is closed, they can do the following to get your medication:

           If the prescription has refills, please go to the nearest open pharmacy that takes MaineCare and request the pharmacist to fill a prescription for medication. The pharmacist will call Change Healthcare for an ‘early refill’ override. 

           If the prescription does not have refills, they must call their physician and ask for a new prescription. The prescriber will call the prescription into the nearest pharmacy that takes MaineCare. The pharmacist will call Change Healthcare for an ‘early refill’ override. 

Patients must bring MaineCare card or MaineCare ID when picking up medication.

If you have questions, please MaineCare's Pharmacy Help Desk at 1-866-796-2463. We are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.