Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus Information

NCPA is monitoring information and guidance provided by CDC and other government agencies, and advocating on behalf of independent community pharmacies on the front lines. 

For background and the most up-to-date information, please visit the CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 website. If you have questions about COVID-19, email

Testing for Coronavirus  

Vaccination Information

New/Updated Information:

CDC Considerations for Pharmacies 
Guidelines for Opening Up America Again
Pharmacists as Front-Line Responders for Covid-19 Patient Care



A Tale of COVID-19 Testing Success

Anne Pace, owner of Kavanaugh Pharmacy in Little Rock, Arkansas, has administered over 1,000 COVID-19 rapid tests over the last few weeks. In a live question-and-answer webinar, she’ll discuss her perspective on getting started, the process and integration into her pharmacy workflow, marketing and much more. Pharmacists should be sure to check applicable state laws and regulations related to the content of this webinar
Anne Pace, PharmD, Kavanaugh Pharmacy
Hayley Harrington, PharmD Candidate 2021, Kavanaugh Pharmacy
Kurt Proctor, Ph.D., RPh, Senior VP, Strategic Initiatives, NCPA

CARES Act Provider Relief Fund & HHS Stimulus – June 16, 2020

In this 30 min video, accountant Scotty Sykes explains the Medicare Provider Relief Funds some pharmacies are seeing in their bank account. He dives into the acceptance and rejection of these funds, terms and conditions for use and what needs to be reported.

Medical Billing 101 – June 10, 2020

COVID has brought new opportunities and has more pharmacies interested in services that can be billed and paid for outside the PBM, from the medical benefit. Learn the basics on medical billing and the very important do's and the don'ts from experts.

Catch up on COVID-19: Overview of SARS-CoV-2
This video was made in collaboration with the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists.

In this video, you’ll learn everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus disease that you may not have had time to learn while busy keeping your patients safe and business running. This video covers the latest information about COVID-19 including what is known about the virus, how it spreads, and the symptoms it causes.

Catch up on COVID-19: SARS-CoV-2 Immunology and Laboratory Testing
This video was made in collaboration with the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists.

This video will review what you need to know about the immunology of and testing for COVID-19. You’ll learn how to be successful and safe when implementing point-of-care testing at your pharmacy. You'll also get a refresher on terms like sensitivity, specificity and positive predictive value and why this is important to know for interpreting test results for your patients.

Paycheck Protection Program UPDATE TWO:
Applying for Loan Forgiveness - June 4, 2020

Ollin and Scotty Sykes of Sykes & Co. provide the latest updated information on changes made to the Paycheck Protection Program as of June 4, 2020 (pending President Trump's signature). Timeline extensions and a lowered ratio of how much of these loans must be document to be spent on payroll in order to qualify for loan forgiveness are key changes PPP loan recipients should know.

Paycheck Protection Program UPDATE:
Applying for Loan Forgiveness - May 27, 2020

The SBA and Treasury finally issued more information with the release of the PPP Forgiveness Application. Speakers Ollin and Scotty Sykes of Sykes & Co. highlight key areas and updates to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) including: the PPP Forgiveness process, Covered Periods, eligible expenses and Payroll Costs, full-time-equivalents and documentation among many others.

NCPA Long-Term Care Division Town Hall - May 15, 2020

Featuring owners and operators of six different long-term care pharmacies to share their tips, best practices, and customer service opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Personnel Issues for Pharmacies as they Re-Open the Front Door - May 15, 2020

How do you need to handle staff issues that may arise as states begin loosening stay-at-home orders? Hear answers to the most commonly asked personnel questions about "re-opening" from attorneys, Jeff Baird and Brad Howard of Brown & Fortunato, PC.

Get set to test: 
Update: Enroll in Medicare as a Lab - May 15, 2020

This video update explains the May 8th guidance from CMS on pharmacist billing for COVID-19 tests. Pharmacies will need to enroll in Medicare Part B as an Independent Clinical Laboratory. Watch this before you act to hear some do’s and don’ts that will save you time and money later on.

Get set to test: Medicare Enrollment - May 5, 2020
Enrollment in Medicare Part B is not only important for billing COVID-19 tests, but also future vaccines, other point of care tests and more. Now is the time to act – the application process is fast and free!

NCPA Front End Town Hall

Information for employers about safety and operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Employers and Owners

Read letters and comments to the administration and Congress about issues concerning community pharmacy during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Learn more about how community pharmacists can care for their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pharmacy Practice

Information for combating COVID-19 in long-term care and skilled nursing facilities.

Long-Term Care

Be prepared to answer questions from your patients and give them guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Information for Patients

Photos showing best practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo Gallery: Combating COVID-19

Virus Tracking

Additional Resources


The guidance provided by NCPA is subject to your local, state, and federal law.  As you are aware, laws, regulations, best practices, and guidance have changed often during this crisis.  To the extent changes occur, NCPA will endeavor to continue to update to reflect the most current guidance.  Nonetheless, the information provided by NCPA on is for informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice nor create an attorney-client relationship.  To the extent a member has additional concerns, NCPA recommends that the member seek additional legal counsel to obtain more specific guidance to any questions that may arise.