The following is an article featuring an interview with Rich Eakins, VP of Guardian Pharmacy Services, about how long-term pharmacy is adapting its services amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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By Jennifer Nessel

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has prompted health care providers on the frontlines of the crisis to ensure their staff has the necessary support to meet the needs of patients.

Rich Eakins, vice president at Guardian Pharmacy Services, said that along with following the guidelines from the CDC and CMS, every pharmacy within their network has their own disaster contingency plan so that they are supported in an emergency such as in the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re in bricks and mortars, in locations close to these communities, so our business model is one that is customizable to each geography and down to each community that we service. Every geography has different state regulations and different levels of how this pandemic is affecting them now. [In] our model, every pharmacy has full autonomy to make their own decisions and react adequately, and there’s no red-tape involved of having to push it up the food chain. So, we’re a very nimble organization and can react quickly as these pandemics’ changes, with what seems like a minute to minute basis,” Eakins said to Pharmacy Times®.

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